Social Bicycles Inc., which launched a dockless bike share system in 2013, is bringing shared electric bikes designed to lock to any regular bike rack to Washington, DC. The program, JUMP DC, will bring 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 wards. First-time riders will receive $10 in ride credit to try out the system, the company says.
Each JUMP e-bike has a 250-W 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 DC'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."