18 Feb 2020

Uber set to launch e-bikes in Auckland

1:06 pm on 18 February 2020

Hundreds of rentable e-bikes will start to hit the streets of Auckland tomorrow, as part of a rollout by Uber.

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The 655 JUMP e-bikes that will be gradually rolled out follow the launch of the brand's e-scooters in the city in January.

JUMP ANZ head Henry Greenacre said getting a license to operate from Auckland Council was a rigorous process.

"What we really, really need to ensure with these bikes is that people look after them, people ride them responsibly, treat them safely and park responsibly, and that's what we'll be concentrating on doing over the next six or so months," he said.

The e-bikes will cost $1 to unlock and 38 cents per minute.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff said the council would be keeping a close eye on the safety performance of the e-bikes, but that he preferred them to e-scooters.

In November, embattled e-scooter company Lime was forced to leave Auckland after its license to operate was not renewed amid safety concerns.

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