Published on January 23rd, 2014 | by Christopher DeMorro


City CarShare’s eBikeShare Pre-Pilot Program Comes To Berkeley

January 23rd, 2014 by  

Originally published on Gas2.


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.

Source: Treehugger

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  • tropicalday88

    A bike is a great way to get around metro areas. Positive benefits to both your body as well as environment.
    Clean, green, and helps keep you lean.

  • Benjamin Nead

    Somewhat ironic that San Fransisco is making a progressive move in adopting an e-bike sharing program, while New York City initiated a human-powered bike share program some months ago (one step forward) while simultaneously outlawing e-bike use (two steps backwards.)

  • Kyle Field

    I really enjoyed the launch of their normal bike sharing program back in august. I was one of the very first riders on it and had a great time touring about the city. I’m not sure how much demand there is for an “in between” mode of transport…but i’m definitely curious to see how it goes. Exciting times we are living in for sure 🙂

    • I’m very curious as well. I’d bet the e-bikes make climbing those hills a lot more accessible to a lot more people.

      • Dave

        Ebikes have made riding bikes in hilly San Francisco possible for me since I don’t have to get winded, sweaty or shower when I get to work and can pedal more to exercise and sweat / work out on the way home. Best way to get around a hilly city and very versatile cause you can exercise as much or as little as you like and hills are no longer a big problem.

        • Yeah, I can imagine those doing really well there. I’d rather use them than normal bikes.

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