- Uber partnering with bike sharing service JUMP to offer customers bike rentals
- Next week Uber users in San Francisco will be able to reserve nearby bikes
- As long as the ride is under half an hour the fee will be $2 plus taxes and fees
- Customers can leave Uber bikes at any public bike rack near their destination
Uber announced Wednesday that San Franciscans will soon be able to reserve electric bikes using the car sharing app.
The company is partnering with bike sharing service JUMP to launch the new feature, which will take effect next week.
If users’ rides are half an hour or less, they will only cost $2 plus taxes and fees. After the 30 minute mark, users will be charged by the minute.
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Uber is partnering with bike sharing company JUMP to offer customers in San Francisco bike rentals
The Uber and JUMP collaboration will allow San Francisco residents to find a nearby bike, reserve it and then return it to any public rack close to their destination.
A bike zone will be labeled on the map in the Uber app.
Users have to leave the rented bikes inside this labeled area; they will incur a fee if they leave one outside the bike zone.
JUMP launched last year and was the first dockless electric bike share program in the U.S.
The company operates in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., but their bikes are designed in New York.
It hopes to expand to Sacramento, California, and Providence, Rhode Island, by the end of the year.
There is already a wait list for San Francisco residents interested in trying out the new Uber feature.
HOW WILL UBER’S BIKE SHARING FEATURE WORK?
Pictured is the bike rental feature of the Uber app
Uber has announced that San Franciscans will soon be able to reserve electric bikes using the car sharing app.
Users select a nearby bike using the map found in the Uber app.
They are sent a PIN to unlock the bike they choose.
The first 30 minutes of their ride will cost $2 plus taxes and fees.
Users will be charged by the minute after that.
When customers reach their destination they can leave their rented bike at any public bike rack.
A bike zone is labeled on the Uber map, and customers must leave rented bikes inside the outlined area.
If a rented bike is left outside the area, users will incur a fee.
There will only be 250 bikes available on the app when the program launches in San Francisco next week.
However, Uber has said it will incrementally add bikes to the program.
There is currently a wait list for San Francisco residents who want to try out the new feature.
A press release from Uber said: ‘Since there are only 250 JUMP bikes available in the city, unfortunately we can’t grant access to all of our riders immediately.
‘JUMP will be managing operations to ensure bikes are well-utilized and nearby when you need one, and maximizing the availability of bikes in the city.’
Uber promised that more bikes will be added to the program incrementally.
The company also said its bike sharing feature will be environmentally friendly and help make commutes in congested cities more convenient.