Providence, RI- Mayor Jorge Elorza today announced that the City
of Providence will launch JUMP Bikes, New England’s first electric bike share
system in summer 2018. A contract for a bike share system
with 400 JUMP
electric-assist bikes (e-bikes) was signed on December 15, 2017.
bike share program positions Providence to be a more sustainable, healthier,
and fun city for years to come,” said Mayor Jorge Elorza. “Similar programs
across the nation have had transformative effects on communities. We are
thrilled to be among the first cities in the region to offer these bikes that
will allow residents and visitors to explore the capital city in a unique and
Bikes are owned and operated by
Social Bicycles, a Brooklyn, NY based company and one of the most
trusted bike share companies with over 12,000
dockless bicycles in over 40 markets including Washington, DC, New Orleans,
Louisiana, and Portland, Oregon. The launch is the result of a public-private
partnership between Social Bicycles, the City of Providence, and the Rhode
Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA).
“We’re excited to bring JUMP Bikes to Providence,” said Ryan
Rzepecki, Founder and CEO of Social Bicycles/JUMP. “The city has committed to
making bicycling a viable transportation option for local residents and is
poised to become a leader for the future of sustainable transportation. Our
e-bikes will transform Providence for residents and visitors, making
communities feel closer than ever and bringing new excitement to bike riding.”
JUMP Bike share is a membership-based system that can be used
for commuting, exercise, and recreation. Providence residents and visitors can
use bike share for one-way trips between neighborhoods, shops, restaurants, and
jobs; bike share also helps people be more physically active. JUMP e-bikes have
a pedal assist motor, which allows for speeds up to 20 miles per hour. The
electric assist requires pedaling. The pedal assist makes it easier for people
to travel over hills and across longer distances in a shorter amount of time.
“Like other public transit authorities across the country, RIPTA
supports travel options that give people an alternative to using their cars,”
said Barbara Polichetti, Director of Public Affairs at the Rhode Island Public
Transit Authority (RIPTA). “Biking can be a great way to commute to work,
or navigate the city – and RIPTA can help. All of our fixed-route
buses are equipped with bicycle racks that can carry two bikes. Every year we
join Providence in supporting Bike to Work week and we hope people take
advantage of the health and environmental benefits that a bike share program
Prior to the summer 2018 launch, there will be an extensive
community input period.
About Social Bicycles
Since 2011, Social Bicycles has become accustomed to disrupting
the bike share industry. In 2013, the company challenged traditional dock-based
systems with the introduction of the “smartbike” which paired built-in GPS with
an electric lock and eliminated the need for infrastructure-heavy stations.
Earlier this year in Washington, D.C., JUMP e-bikes pushed the bike share
industry forward again by combining smartbike technology with an electric
pedal-assist motor. To learn more about JUMP visit https://www.jumpmobility.com/.