It’s going to become even easier to share electric bikes in cities, starting with San Francisco. Social Bicycles has created a new stationless e-bike service, called JUMP Bikes, and San Francisco will be giving it a trial run over the next 18 months. This is the first time that the city’s Municipal Transportation Agency has handed out a permit to a stationless bike sharing service.
SFMTA gave Social Bicycles the permit on Tuesday, stating that they were the only provider to meet the requirements of the agency’s application. The initial program would install 250 e-bikes around San Francisco between now and March. Even more exciting? That number could double through the rest of the calendar year.
Full evaluation will take place until the summer of 2019, and should it be a success, they’ll be implementing other policies and regulations for long-term use. The SFMTA said that they will exclusively work with JUMP Bikes in this process and won’t be issuing any other stationless bike service permits.