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Social Bicycles Inc.
JUMP Bikes
IndustryShared mobility
Founded2010; 8 years ago (2010)
FounderRyan Rzepecki
HeadquartersNew York City, New York
Areas served
12 US cities and Berlin
Services
OwnerUber
Websitejump.com
Footnotes / references
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Social Bicycles Inc., doing business as JUMP Bikes, is a dockless electric bicycle sharing system operating in the United States and Germany.[2] The bikes cost US$2 for the first half-hour to rent (then US7¢ per minute), and are located using a companion smartphone app. They are neon red and weigh 70 pounds (32 kg).[3] Each Jump bike has a 250-watt electric motor which powers the front tire.[4] Jump employees swap out the battery packs every three days.[5] At the end of a ride, the bikes have to be locked to a sidewalk bicycle rack.[6] A pilot program began in February 2018, allowing certain users of the Uber app in San Francisco to access Jump's fleet of electric bicycles.[7]

On 9 April 2018, Uber announced it had acquired Jump Bikes for a reported US$200 million.[8] After the acquisition, Jump's CEO announced that the company was planning an expansion into Europe, which began in June 2018.[9]

In October 2018, Jump began rolling out its scooter-sharing system in Santa Monica, California in addition to the current e-bikes.[10]

As of October 2018, the company operated 4,000 bicycles across 13 cities.[11]

Areas served[edit]

United States[edit]

A Jump Bike docked at a public bicycle dock along the National Mall
A Jump Bike in Providence, Rhode Island

The service launched in Washington, D.C. in September 2017.[12] This was followed by a launch in San Francisco during January 2018, becoming the first dockless bike sharing system to launch in the city.[13] In May 2018, Jump launched in Santa Cruz, California with a fleet of 250 electric bicycles.[14] They also launched in Sacramento, California during that month[15], later adding charging stations for the e-bikes throughout the city.[16] In June 2018, Jump began a six-month pilot program with the City of Chicago, placing its dockless electric bikes in the South Side region for rental.[17] On 2 July 2018, Jump made its Texas debut in Austin.[18] In New York City, Jump e-bikes are available in Central Bronx and the North Shore of Staten Island as part of a dockless bike pilot program by the city which began in July 2018.[19] In August 2018, Jump began operations in Denver.[20]

As of September 2018, Jump has expanded the program to Providence, Rhode Island.[21] The company also received permission from the Santa Monica government to roll out 500 e-bikes and 250 e-scooters in the city.[22]

Europe[edit]

In June 2018, Jump launched its electric bike-sharing system in Berlin, Germany, marking the start of Jump's planned European expansion, under the ownership of Uber.[23]

Canada[edit]

In September 2018, Uber announced plans to expand Jump into the Vancouver market, which would make it the first dockless bikeshare in the city.[24]

Social Bicycles[edit]

Social Bicycles is a division of Jump Bikes which operates a back-end platform for bicycle-sharing systems. The company claims that 5 million rides on 15,000 bikes in 40 markets have been taken on Social Bicycles-powered bikes.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JUMP Bikes". Crunchbase. Oath Inc. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  2. ^ McFarland, Matt (17 January 2018). "Electric bicycles emerge as a hot trend in the U.S." CNNMoney. Archived from the original on 18 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  3. ^ Pender, Kathleen (27 June 2017). "Electric bike-share rides into SF, jumping ahead of Ford GoBike". San Francisco Chronicle. Archived from the original on 9 July 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  4. ^ Alim, Teta (21 September 2017). "Electric ride: New powered-up bike share system coming to DC". WTOP-FM. Archived from the original on 24 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  5. ^ Heining, Andrew (22 September 2017). "We tried all four of D.C.'s dockless bike-share systems. Here's our review". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 24 January 2018. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  6. ^ Fitzgerald Rodriguez, Joe (9 January 2018). "SF grants first-ever permit for dockless 'e-bike' sharing". The San Francisco Examiner. Archived from the original on 10 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  7. ^ Price, Rob (31 January 2018). "Uber is now letting people in San Francisco rent ebikes on its app". Business Insider. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  8. ^ Seppala, Timothy J. (9 April 2018). "Uber buys San Francisco bike-sharing service Jump". Engadget. Oath Inc. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  9. ^ McFarland, Matt (9 April 2018). "Uber buys a bikeshare company as it looks beyond cars". CNNMoney. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Uber scooters have arrived in Santa Monica". Yahoo News. 4 October 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  11. ^ Ceres, Pia (8 October 2018). "How Jump Designed a Global Electric Bike". Wired. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  12. ^ Goldchain, Michelle (20 October 2017). "JUMP, D.C.'s electric dockless bike-share, plans to increase inventory in November". Curbed. Archived from the original on 20 October 2017. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  13. ^ Baldassari, Erin (17 January 2018). "JUMP Bikes to launch dockless, electric bikeshare in San Francisco". The Mercury News. Archived from the original on 17 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  14. ^ York, Jessica A. (10 May 2018). "Santa Cruz celebrates Bike to Work Day with e-bike share launch". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Digital First Media. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  15. ^ "Are JUMP Bikes worth the rental?". KXTV. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  16. ^ Toll, Micah (28 September 2018). "Uber installing its own electric charging stations… for electric bicycles". Electrek. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
  17. ^ Marotti, Ally (29 June 2018). "Uber's electric, dockless bikes coming to South Side". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  18. ^ Bien, Calily (2 July 2018). "Uber launches dockless bicycles in Austin". KXAN-TV. Retrieved 3 July 2018.
  19. ^ "Dockless bike pilot program coming to four NYC neighborhoods". NY1. 3 July 2018. Retrieved 15 July 2018.
  20. ^ "Uber Launches 'Jump' Bikes". KCNC-TV. 18 August 2018. Retrieved 27 August 2018.
  21. ^ Rose Dickey, Megan (16 January 2018). "Social Bicycles raises $10 million Series A round, rebrands as Jump Bikes". TechCrunch. Oath Inc. Archived from the original on 16 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  22. ^ Clark, Kate (30 August 2018). "Santa Monica will allow Lime, Bird, Lyft and JUMP to operate e-scooters". TechCrunch. Oath Inc. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  23. ^ Connolly, Kate (6 June 2018). "Uber launches electric bike-sharing service in Germany". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  24. ^ Shankar, Bradly (18 September 2018). "Uber planning to launch bike-sharing service in Vancouver". MobileSyrup. Retrieved 18 September 2018.
  25. ^ Magistretti, Bérénice (16 January 2018). "Jump Bikes locks in $10 million for bike sharing, launches dockless stations in San Francisco". VentureBeat. Archived from the original on 17 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018.

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