The Australian city has signed a memorandum of understanding with Jump, a subsidiary of Uber, which will see around 400 e-bikes introduced to the streets in early March.
A dockless electric bike-share scheme is set to be rolled out in Melbourne next month as part of a one-year bike-share trial running across three inner-city councils.
The Australian city has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Jump, a subsidiary of Uber, which will see around 400 e-bikes introduced to the streets in early March. This will be followed by e-bikes rolling out in Yarra and Port Phillip, with more to be deployed as the trial progresses.
“We are excited that Melburnians will have a new share bicycle scheme to use throughout Melbourne. Importantly, this agreement doesn’t stop at council boundaries, which will make it easier and more convenient for locals and visitors to explore inner Melbourne on an e-bike,” said Sally Capp, lord mayor, city of Melbourne.
“Share bike schemes are widely used around the world without the anti-social behaviour experienced previously in Melbourne. We believe locals and visitors will work with Jump and our councils to make this a success.”
Uber’s Jump e-bikes have been engineered for more than 10 years and now operate in more than 30 cities around the world. The e-bikes utilise the latest in geo-fencing technologies and remote monitoring to ensure the Uber app clearly shows where each e-bike is parked.
“We’re always looking for ways to get more people riding bikes in Yarra, and e-bikes are one of these options.”
The e-bikes have a motor that provides an extra boost above and beyond a normal bike. Helmets will be provided alongside the bikes and users will get in-app instructions about how to safely use and park the e-bikes. The e-bikes also have built in cable locks so they can be secured to bike infrastructure.
The joint MoU outlines how Jump e-bikes should be parked and maintained, to ensure footpaths remain clear and that e-bikes are available in high demand locations for users. The MoU also includes resolution timeframes for damaged or discarded e-bikes which need to be met.
“We’re always looking for ways to get more people riding bikes in Yarra, and e-bikes are one of these options,” added Misha Coleman, mayor, city of Yarra.
“Yarra is keen to support the trial of Jump e-bikes, and I really hope it will encourage locals and visitors to make the switch to sustainable transport. We’ll be working closely with Jump, partner councils and our community to ensure the trial goes as smoothly as possible.”
Jump’s e-bikes will be serviced and maintained by Good Cycles, a Melbourne-based social enterprise that works with young people (aged 18-24) experiencing disadvantage.
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