WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Social Bicycles Inc., the first company to launch a dockless bike share system in 2013, is bringing its next major innovation to Washington, D.C. on Monday, September 25: shared electric bikes that can lock to any regular bike rack.
The program, JUMP DC, will bring state-of-the-art smart e-bikes to the city for public use. The JUMP preview system will take place under the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) dockless bike share demonstration program that runs through April of 2018. Trips will be $2 for 30 minutes. Riders can use the bikes for any amount of time as long as they finish their trip within the service area, which covers all of the District’s wards. First time riders will receive $10 in ride credit to try out the system.
JUMP bikes are like no other bike share bikes in the world.
Each JUMP e-bike has a 250-watt electric motor in the front hub to boost users up hills and across longer distances with a maximum speed of 19 mph. All bikes feature GPS to facilitate finding a bike, and an integrated U-lock that locks to regular public bike racks to ensure clear sidewalks. JUMP bikes can also sync with D.C.’s SmarTrip card to let people without smartphones access the bikes. New members can sign up through the web (dc.jumpmobility.com) or the JUMP mobile app that is available for iOS and Android.
“We’re excited to give people in DC a fun, new option for getting around,” said Ryan Rzepecki, CEO and founder of Social Bicycles/JUMP Mobility. “With JUMP, riding distances or uphill is no sweat – the bike gives you a nice boost as you pedal.”
Early data from a demonstration pilot in San Francisco showed JUMP e-bikes are more efficient and cost-effective than driving a car, using rideshare, or public transit. Plus, they’re just more fun. Social Bicycles will also be providing anonymized data to DDOT to help the department plan and implement bicycle infrastructure in DC.
About Jump, A Social Bicycles Project
Social Bicycles is a technology company focused on urban transportation. Based in Brooklyn, it is the fastest growing bike share company in the United States, with over 12,000 bikes in more than 40 cities across the globe. Incorporated in 2010, Social Bicycles was the first to develop and launch “smartbikes,” integrating a GPS-enabled lock onto the bicycle. They were the first to integrate mobile payments, the first to use the industry standard data feed, and the first to develop a low-cost, pay-as-you-go plan to make bike sharing more affordable and convenient for everyone. In addition, their JUMP electric-enabled bikes are paving the way for the future of bike share. Learn more at socialbicycles.com and jumpmobility.com.