SEATTLE (November 19, 2018): Uber today announced the launch of dockless electric bike share service JUMP in Seattle. JUMP bikes are electric and provide a gentle boost with every pedal, making it easier for riders to get around their city without breaking a sweat. The bikes have integrated “lock to” technology and feature GPS intelligence. They can be unlocked by entering an account number on the user interface or by using a linked, compatible radio-frequency identification (RFID) card, like an ORCA card.
“Seattle has been a leader in dockless bike share, so we’re thrilled to bring our JUMP electric bikes as the first step towards offering Uber customers a multi-modal transportation platform in this great Northwest city,” said JUMP spokesperson Nelle Pierson. “Bike sharing is an environmentally friendly, affordable way to get around, and a mobility option we believe should be a permanent cornerstone of a city’s transportation system."
JUMP will launch in Seattle with nearly 300 bikes then incrementally ramp up the number of bikes over the coming weeks and months. The initial service area will span from 65th in the North to South McLellan in the Rainier Valley. The service area will expand as the number of bikes increases.
JUMP Bikes in Seattle will cost $1 to unlock and 10 cents per minute to ride. As part of a launch promotion, JUMP is offering riders five free trips up to 30 minutes long each day through December 12. JUMP ambassadors will also be handing out more than 1,000 free helmets through Dec. 18 at 1191 2nd Ave. from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. every day of the week except Tuesdays and Sundays.
JUMP also offers a Boost Plan for lower-income riders. Those who qualify for the Boost Plan receive 60 minutes of free ride time per day at a cost of $5 per month. Details on how to enroll in JUMP’s Seattle Boost plan can be found at https://jump.com/cities/seattle/boost-plan/.
In 2017, JUMP bikes launched the first ever dockless electric bike share system in the United States. Dockless bike share expands transportation options for residents by making it easier to rent and park a bike anywhere within the community, instead of at designated stations. This spring, Uber acquired JUMP as part of its mission to expand the menu of affordable, reliable transportation options available within the Uber app, and make it even easier for residents to get across town without relying on their own personal vehicle.
JUMP’s pedal assist bikes are available in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Austin, Chicago, Denver, Staten Island and the Bronx, Providence, Sacramento, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Santa Monica, CA, Washington, D.C. JUMP also has scooters available in Austin and Santa Monica.
How JUMP bikes work:
With both the Uber and JUMP mobile apps, users can find and unlock (and reserve up to 30 minutes in advance) JUMP pedal-assist e-bikes. It’s simple to use.
Via the Uber app:
· Tap the “mode switch” on the homescreen of the Uber app, and select bike
· You’ll see the available JUMP bikes around you, and can select one to reserve.
· The app will give you a pin number so you can unlock your bike.
Via the JUMP app:
· Download the JUMP Bikes app to create an account.
· Use the in-app map to find and reserve bikes – or simply walk up to a bike and enter your account number and four-digit pin.
· Want to make a quick stop without finding another bike afterwards? Press the “hold” button and lock the bike to a rack. Just enter your 4-digit PIN to unlock and continue your ride.
Seattle-specific images (including bikes staged Sunday for Monday morning rollout) and Seattle launch service area map available here. General media assets for JUMP available here. More information on JUMP available at: https://jumpbikes.com/.
MEDIA ALERT: Uber Partners with 3x NBA Dunk Champ Nate Robinson to Surprise Seattle Fans
Uber today announced the launch of JUMP electric bikes in Seattle and partnered with 3x NBA dunk champion and local Seattle favorite Nate Robinson to hit the streets by JUMP bike and surprise local basketball fans with an impromptu pickup game at Denny Courts.
WHAT: Uber partners with 3x NBA dunk champ Nate Robinson to launch JUMP bikes in Seattle, surprising locals by riding onto the Denny Park basketball courts, Seattle, for an impromptu game of pick-up basketball.
WHERE: Denny Park Basketball Courts, Seattle.
WHEN: Monday, November 19