Uber will be launching its UK electric bike hire scheme, piloting Jump bikes in London through its app.
The company that travels worldwide will fight with Lime for the e-bike market, after reversing blameless bicycle companies from the UK.
Uber will be installing 350 red red e-bikes in Islington and hoping to expand into other London boroughs in the coming months.
His Jump bikes have been available in the USA and Canada and five other European cities, in some places also running e-scooter sharing schemes under the same brand – although they are still banned on British roads.
Users of an eye can find the GPS that is tracked by the e-ride, unlocking them by scanning the QR code on the handle bars, at a cost of £ 1 then 12p. the minute to ride. To avoid the dumping and clutter that has annoyed councils, e-bicycle riders trying to park off limits in protected areas such as stadia, canals and Royal Parks are automatically notified; u fine £ 25 if they don't move the bike.
The move is the latest expansion of the controversial Uber model in London, where the company recently started to detail public transport alternatives in its app. Regional general manager Jamie Heywood said “our aim is to help people change their car with their phone by offering a range of mobility options”.
Islington, the first council to allow Jump Bikes, said the service would help people to travel quickly, cheaply and conveniently around the borough. Local councilor Claudia Webbe said: “Joint electric bikes are accessible to many people of different ages and fitness levels and can help to encourage even more people to switch to a healthier, more active cycle. more environmentally friendly. "
Cycling UK said that e-bikes could enable people to commute further on two wheels. “More importantly, they're an attractive option for those who don't have the confidence to cycle, whether it's because of age, physical ability, health or otherwise,” said Duncan Dollimore, head of campaigns.
Although it is in the municipalities that the scheme is primarily permitted to run, it is understood that Transport for London welcomes the initiative from Uber in general, with which it has a good relationship in the past – including over the past. renew its license to operate private hire vehicles in 2017.
Uber has signed a memorandum of understanding with Islington on standards, including procedures for reporting bikes causing obstruction. Bicycles blocking pavements were a familiar complaint during the first influx of bike schemes without docks. Chinese company Ofo announced that it had withdrawn from Sheffield, Norwich and London earlier this year, while Mobike competitor had graduated his ambitions in the UK, including a complete withdrawal from Manchester on was surprised by the anti-social behavior. Two other companies, Urbo and oBike, acted briefly in the London boroughs without success.
While TfL runs its own Santander bike hire scheme using docks or bays around central London, it has welcomed the growth of seamless schemes that seem competitive such as encouraging more cycling generally, with Santander arriving. record number.
A spokesperson for TfL said: “E-bikes have the potential to have many more people to enjoy the benefits of cycling, helping us to achieve our goal of making London the best city for cycling. They are a great way to get around the city quickly and, in turn, will help reduce congestion and tackle poor air quality. ”
The US micro-mobility company made its name with e-scooters – but those have been banned on the streets of the UK. His electric bike scheme was launched in Milton Keynes last year, followed by London Brent and Ealing, to hire for a fee of £ 1 and 15p per hour.
Graduated back operations in the UK for its non-dock bikes, but still in parts of the capital city where other Chinese companies have left. Long term tickets are available at 50p – £ 1 per 20 minutes.
The original TfL, operating in central London, with bikes being returned to static bays. £ 2 to unlock bikes for 24 hours, with the first 30 minutes of free cycling.
A UK company behind the green bike laser lights, which is now starting a dock-free bike sharing scheme in Bournemouth and Poole and is currently being piloted by north London councilors at Enfield.