While Vancouver residents still can’t access Uber’s ride-sharing services, the company is proposing a different method of transport: electric bikes and scooters.
According to a new report from Global News, Uber hopes to begin service in Vancouver through a new electric bike-sharing program, hoping that local commuters will prefer an easy-to-use powered scooted/bike instead of a car.
Uber’s two-wheeled vehicles, called JUMP Bikes, have a battery-powered 500-watt motor and can reach a top speed of 32 kilometres per hour, offering enough power to get user around town and back, even up steep hills.
Unlike Vancouver’s bike-sharing program, the service doesn’t have any docking stations, instead opting for a newer model of allowing customers the option to drop it off anywhere and lock it up within a designated area or areas of the city.
Customers would be able to find and unlock bikes through the Uber application, while the company would be in charge of making sure that the bikes are sufficiently charged and evenly distributed throughout the city.
Uber acquired JUMP earlier this year, and the service is up and running in a number of cities in a number of North America cities, including San Francisco, New York, and Chicago.
Uber has yet to reveal the Vancouver metro areas that the service could potentially debut in, and while Uber has yet to release any sort of pricing for the service, in other cities, the bike-sharing service costs a few dollars per short ride.