Inner city councils sign MOU with Jump Bike
Thursday 06 February 2020
The City of Melbourne, the City of Yarra and the City of Port Phillip have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with JUMP by Uber to operate Melbourne’s first ever dockless electric bike share scheme.
Commencing in March, JUMP electric bikes will offer a new transport solution through the Uber app that provides an alternative to the personally owned car and allows Victorians to move around some of Melbourne’s busiest suburbs efficiently and sustainably.
Uber’s JUMP e-bikes have been engineered over 10 years and now operate in more than 30 cities around the world. The e-bikes utilise the latest in geo-fencing technologies and remote monitoring to ensure the Uber app clearly shows where each JUMP e-bike is parked.
Around 400 e-bikes will be introduced to the City of Melbourne in early March, followed by e-bikes rolling out in Yarra and Port Phillip, with more to be deployed as the one-year trial progresses.
JUMP e-bikes will be serviced and maintained by Good Cycles, a well-established, Melbourne-based social enterprise that works with young people aged 18-24 experiencing disadvantage.
The joint MOU outlines how JUMP e-bikes should be parked and maintained, to ensure footpaths remain clear and that e-bikes are available in high demand locations for users. The MOU also includes resolution timeframes for damaged or discarded e-bikes which need to be met.
As is the case with all bike riders, electric bike users are required to behave in accordance with the road rules, to wear helmets at all times, ride safely and respect the bikes and other road users.
Attributable to City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp:
"We are excited that Melburnians will have a new share bicycle scheme to use throughout Melbourne. Importantly, this agreement doesn’t stop at council boundaries, which will make it easier and more convenient for locals and visitors to explore inner Melbourne on an e-bike. Share bike schemes are widely used around the world without the anti-social behaviour experienced previously in Melbourne. We believe locals and visitors will work with JUMP and our councils to make this a success."
Attributable to City of Yarra Mayor Misha Coleman:
"We’re always looking for ways to get more people riding bikes in Yarra, and e-bikes are one of these options. I’ve had one myself for seven years and love it! Yarra is keen to support the trial of Jump e-bikes, and I really hope it will encourage locals and visitors to make the switch to sustainable transport. We’ll be working closely with JUMP, partner councils and our community to ensure the trial goes as smoothly as possible."
Attributable to City of Port Phillip Mayor Bernadene Voss:
"This new share bike scheme provides a great opportunity for residents – and our many visitors - to easily navigate our beautiful City. We know people love jumping on their bikes to explore Port Phillip.
E-bikes offer an accessible, and sustainable, new transport choice to see the sights or carry out errands, all while reducing traffic congestion and emissions. Our Move, Live, Connect Strategy commits us to exploring new ways of making it easier to move around our City. Shared e-bike technology has well and truly arrived and we are keen for it to be tested within an MOU."
Attributable to Henry Greenacre, JUMP General Manager:
"Electric bikes have a motor that provides an extra boost above and beyond a normal bike. Helmets will be provided alongside Jump’s distinctive red electric bikes and users will get in-app instructions about how to safely use and park the e-bikes. The e-bikes also have built in cable locks which mean they can be safely secured to bike infrastructure.
"We are excited to work with the City of Melbourne, the City of Port Phillip and the City of Yarra to provide a new way to help people move around the city that is sustainable, safe, efficient, affordable and reduces congestion."