Published on January 23rd, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro6
City CarShare’s eBikeShare Pre-Pilot Program Comes To Berkeley
January 23rd, 2014 by Christopher DeMorro
Bike-sharing programs have been cropping up in major metro areas all over America, but some cities are more conducive to cycling than others. The hills of the San Francisco Bay Area can wear out even the most potent of peddlers, so the forthcoming addition of electric bicycles to the ranks of the non-profit City CarShare system is a welcome reprieve for weary road warriors.
The e-bikes, one built by Juiced Riders and the other built by A2B, each have an estimated range of 40 miles, and the electric motor can be used to assist with pedaling, or to power the bike without any rider input. The plan is to eventually deploy approximately 90 of the bicycles to 25 pick-up stations across the city as part of a $2 million, three-year pilot program.
Riders will use a key fob to access the system, though hopefully tourists will also be able to access the e-bikes for a one-time fee. While regular bicycles might work for relatively flat cities like New York or Chicago, tourists visiting San Francisco might be intimidated by the tall, steep hills that make up much of the metro area.
If you ask me, cycling provides a much more intimate view of a city though, something not even a traditional trolley ride reproduce. Sign me up for an e-bike over public transit any day of the week.
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