Uber just rolled out a new option for transportation, electric scooters in Santa Monica. “This bike share option allows you to reserve a bike or scooter through the Uber app by tapping ‘mode switch’ and selecting ‘Bike and Scooter.’ After October 7, the scooters will cost $1 to unlock and each minute after the first five will cost 15 cents.”
Uber Adding Scooters
As reported by Yahoo:
Uber’s e-scooters by JUMP have officially launched in Santa Monica just a couple weeks since the city approved the brand as a participant in its Shared Mobility Pilot Program, which began September 17.
Earlier this week, Santa Monica received 250 JUMP-branded electric scooters in addition to their 500 e-bikes for city residents to use and share (the scooters are free to use until October 7), according to The Verge. Uber’s brand will be sharing this opportunity with three other brands — Bird, Lime, and Lyft — bringing the total of e-scooters in the city to 2000.
Back in February at the beginning of the Uber and JUMP partnership, Uber Bike by JUMP launched in San Francisco and has been making its way across the United States. Though the bikes have been in operation in Santa Monica, the scooters just arrived this week.
This bike share option allows you to reserve a bike or scooter through the Uber app by tapping ‘mode switch’ and selecting ‘Bike and Scooter.’ After October 7, the scooters will cost $1 to unlock and each minute after the first five will cost 15 cents — the same for the bikes, but unfortunately, they’re not free right now.
Each option can be reserved for up to an hour, but you may be charged a fee, likewise if you lock the vehicle outside the system area. When you’re finished riding, JUMP advised that you simply, “lock bikes to a bike rack and park scooters on the sidewalk keeping them out of the way of pedestrians and other vehicles.”
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