I’m delighted to share an exciting update, a first for JUMP in Australia.
Today, alongside City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp, City of Yarra Mayor Misha Coleman and City of Port Phillip Mayor Bernadene Voss, we announced Uber’s leading electric JUMP bikes will be trialled across metropolitan Melbourne in 2020.
As part of our first JUMP announcement in Australia we can reveal our e-bikes will be on the road and available via the Uber app from early March.
Melbourne was an obvious first pedal stroke on our Australian roadmap, given the sporting capital has the highest per capita number of bike riders and bike lanes in Australia and I’m looking forward to seeing Melbournians embrace our JUMP e-bikes.
The launch of JUMP e-bikes in Melbourne is a key part of our blueprint to bring together multiple modes of transportation within the Uber app – so all Melbournians have more options when deciding how to get from A to B without the use of a car.
JUMP has the potential to take huge numbers of cars off the road by making it easier for people to get around in an affordable, environmentally friendly way.
One aspect I’m particularly proud of is that in bringing e-bikes to Melbourne, JUMP is partnering with Good Cycles to run its day-to-day operations.
Good Cycles is a not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to engaging young people in employment. Good Cycles has extensive experience in cycling having recently run the Blue Bike docked scheme. They will service and repair bikes in the Good Cycles workshop and regularly swap out batteries around the city to ensure a trusted and optimal performance
Uber remains committed to bringing our industry leading technology to cities to change the way we move around. JUMP is a major part of this vision as we set a new standard for e-bikes whether it’s the motor, the GPS traceability, the locking system, the battery system, the user interface — all custom engineered and designed.
Recent advances in batteries and cellular devices have made these shared e-bike schemes a reality. JUMP e-bikes allow you to easily ride up hills and commute longer distances without breaking a sweat.
My team at JUMP is looking forward to bringing electric mobility to many more cities across ANZ in 2020, so stay tuned.
From the councils:
“We are excited that Melburnians will have a new share bicycle scheme to use throughout Melbourne,” City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp.
“We’re always looking for ways to get more people riding bikes in Yarra, and e-bikes are one of these options. I’ve had one myself for seven years and love it!,” City of Yarra Mayor Misha Coleman.
“This new share bike scheme provides a great opportunity for residents – and our many visitors – to easily navigate our beautiful City. Shared e-bike technology has well and truly arrived and we are keen for it to be tested within an MOU,” City of Port Phillip Mayor Bernadene Voss.
How does it work?
From early March, commuters will be able to select an e-bike within the Uber app.
It’s simple to use. Via Uber:
- Tap the mode switch on the home screen to switch the app view to bikes.
- You’ll see the available JUMP bikes around you and you can reserve them through the app and scan them to unlock.
- Simply unlock the e-bike using the app, retract the lock from the rear wheel to start and off you go. Once you’re finished riding, you can lock the bike using the built in cable lock in the e-bike zone shown on the app’s map. Loop the helmet through the cable lock before locking up so it’s there ready for the next rider!