Uber has announced its new venture for users in San Fransisco. The company has launched a dockless, electric bike-sharing service named Uber Bike in partnership with New York City-based e-bike company called Jump. Jump’s contract with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency enables it to launch 250 of its dockless, electric bikes in San Francisco. After the first nine months of the program, the SFMTA may allow Jump to add an additional 250 bikes to its fleet.
The new feature, Uber Bike, will allow Uber customers to book Jump bikes through the Uber app. The map will show users where the closest freestanding bikes are, and allow them to reserve the bike. According to Jump, the bikes will cost $2 for 30 minutes of riding and come with attached locks.
"We’re always kind of searching for options to make transportation affordable and more accessible for people," Uber Head of Transportation Policy and Research Andrew Salzberg said in a statement to TechCrunch.
Jump, CEO, Ryan Rzepecki said, "Our ultimate goal is to better connect all the neighborhoods within San Francisco and provide affordable, greener transportation.”
Currently, the service is live in San Fransisco and will be expanded to other cities depending on the feedback in the hilly city.