Uber launches Jump e-bike share service in Brussels

Uber has launched its Jump bike share service in Brussels, making around 500 e-bikes available to be booked through the regular app of the ride-hailing company.

Uber-owned Jump Bikes has released the e-bike fleet across Brussels City, Saint-Gilles, Ixelles, Etterbeek, Sint-Joost-ten-Node and Schaerbeek. Users receive a PIN to unlock the bike and pay €1, continuing to pay €0,15 for every minute spent on the bike thereafter.

Jump’s e-bikes have a front-wheel motor with pedal-assist to up to 25 km/h. When out of juice, the batteries can be swapped through a service Jump takes charge of by deploying employees on e-cargo bikes and a box full of charged batteries. According to the company, the batteries are all charged with green electricity.

Other European cities with Jump Bikes include Berlin, Lisbon, Madrid and Paris, while the bike-share service also operates in the US in Washington, San Fransisco, Denver and New York City, amongst others.

According to a job listing posted on its website at the tail end of last year, Uber’s Jump bike-share is searching for a General Manager to “shape and lead” the scheme’s launch in the UK and Ireland. Although, it is not yet known exactly when, of if, the scheme will be launched in the UK.

Hayley Everett

Multimedia Reporter

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