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

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 Week

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 this week is also rolling out its dockless electric bike sharing service.

The pedal-assisted electric bikes will be the first of their kind in Auckland — and from Wednesday, 19 February Aucklanders will be able to access a fleet of 655 bright red bikes.

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. The service costs $1 to unlock and 38 cents per minute.

Helmets are provided and each e-bike comes equipped with a front carrier basket and hands-free phone mount. Like any other pedal-assisted electric bike, the harder you pedal, the faster you 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.

To deploy the fleet across the city, Jump is partnering with Mercury who generates 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.

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

Top image: Izak Photography.

Published on January 10, 2020 by Stephen Heard

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