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Uber Is Launching Its Dockless E-Bike Service in Auckland This Year

The pedal-assisted electric bikes will be the first of their kind in Auckland.
By Stephen Heard
January 10, 2020
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Uber Is Launching Its Dockless E-Bike Service in Auckland This Year

The pedal-assisted electric bikes will be the first of their kind in Auckland.
By Stephen Heard
January 10, 2020
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Aucklanders already have plenty of choice when it comes to dockless shared transport. Late last year, Auckland Council and Auckland Transport selected four operators to operate e-scooter businesses for the next six months. One of those happened to be the Uber-owned Jump, which also plans to roll out its dockless electric bike sharing service this year following a licence agreement.

The pedal-assisted electric bikes will be the first of their kind in Auckland. Newshub reports that a fleet of around 600 will hit the streets at the end of January. TVNZ is saying it'll be more like March.

The service is used via the bike and scooter mode in the Uber app where users can reserve their two-wheeler or scan them to unlock. Once accessed through the app, users are required to remove a built-in cable lock from the rear wheel before beginning their ride. In North America the service costs between 40–50 cents per minute, with additional fees if the e-bikes are left outside the designated parking zone.

Helmets are provided and each bright red e-bike comes equipped with a front carrier basket and hands-free phone mount. And like any other pedal-assisted electric bike, the harder you pedal, the faster you'll go. Compared with other human-powered dockless bikes available in Auckland, Jump's bikes will allow users to ride uphill and make longer commutes without breaking a sweat.

Jump was originally founded as Social Bicycles before being acquired by Uber Technologies Inc.

For more information about Jump, visit jump.com/nz/en/.

Published on January 10, 2020 by Stephen Heard

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