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You will soon beable to rent an ebike from Uber

You will soon beable to rent an ebike from Uber”

Open the app, find a bike across the city, unlock it with a PIN, and ride away.

Uber promised that more bikes will be added to the program incrementally.

Ford's GoBike's extend to a wider area than the city's own stations but still don't cover most of the city, which is why so may companies are keen on being the first to get dibs on the potentially plum dockless bikesharing market.

Uber Bike is the latest transportation release from Uber.

Starting on February 5, Uber users in San Francisco will have the chance to reserve an electric bicycle right in the Uber app.

The SFMTA has cleared Uber Bike for a nine-month trial period.

JUMP launched previous year and was the first dockless electric bike share program in the U.S. So it's unclear what exactly Uber's role in the pilot project will be, beyond giving Jump exposure in an extremely popular interface (Uber says it has 40 million active users worldwide). There's only 250 bikes available in the city so far. A waitlist on Uber's site is collecting info on potential users of the bike-share program. This is slightly less than, but on par, with other urban bike-shares.

If users' rides are half an hour or less, they will only cost $2 plus taxes and fees.

When customers reach their destination they can leave their rented bike at any public bike rack. The bicycles are electric assisted, so when you start pedaling, an electric motor kicks in that gives you an extra boost. An advocate of all outdoor activities he's developed some habits, like running without headphones, eating raw vegetables, and fixing the chain on his ratty old bike.



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