Uber Is Testing Dockless Bike Sharing in San Francisco
There’s no better way to explore a new city than by bicycle. It gives you the opportunity to slow down, look around and take in all the sights and sounds the city has to offer. Best of all, you never have to worry about finding a parking spot!
Thanks to Uber, it could soon become much easier to hop on a bike and roam the streets of some of the country’s most well-known cities. That’s because the popular ridesharing company recently announced that it is launching a pilot program for a dockless bike-sharing service in San Francisco.
Although other American cities have established their own bike-sharing programs in the past, they’re typically geared towards commuters and they require riders to pick up and leave the bikes at designated docking stations. Uber’s program offers far more flexibility by allowing riders to lock up their bikes anywhere in San Francisco. The bikes are equipped with built-in locks and GPS trackers so riders can easily find them scattered throughout the city.
The bikes also feature electric pedal-assist, so riders can comfortably climb hills and travel long distances even if they aren’t in the best physical condition. They cost just $2 for the first 30 minutes, and then customers are charged a per-minute fee after that. Uber’s goal is to make its bike-sharing program as convenient and accessible as possible.
The service is only available in San Francisco for now, but if the pilot program is a success, there’s a good chance Uber will bring its bike-sharing service to other American cities as well.