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Shared e-bikes hit the streets of DC

JUMP bikes can also sync with DC’s SmarTrip card to allow people without smartphones to use the bikes

The shared electric bikes from Social Bicycles can lock to any regular bike rack
The shared electric bikes from Social Bicycles can lock to any regular bike rack

Washington DC is rolling out the first ever dockless, electric-assist bike share scheme.


Brooklyn-based Social Bicycles is bringing the smart e-bikes to the city for public use as part of its JUMP DC programme.


Each JUMP e-bike has a 250-watt electric motor in the front hub to augment users’ efforts up hills and across longer distances with a maximum speed of 19mph. 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.


“We’re excited to give people in DC a fun, new option for getting around,” said Ryan Rzepecki, CEO and founder of Social Bicycles and JUMP Mobility. “With JUMP, riding distances or uphill is no sweat – the bike gives you a nice boost as you pedal.”


JUMP bikes can also sync with the city’s SmarTrip card to let people without smartphones access the bikes.


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.


According to Social Bicycles, 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.


Social Bicycles will also be providing anonymised data to DDOT to help the department plan and implement bicycle infrastructure in DC.


Social Bicycles is a technology company focused on urban transportation. It claims to be the fastest growing bike share company in the US with more than 12,000 bikes in 40 plus cities across the globe.


Incorporated in 2010, Social Bicycles claims it was the first to develop and introduce smartbikes, integrating a GPS-enabled lock onto the bicycle and the first to integrate mobile payments.


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