Thursday, May 23, 2019

Uber opts to not launch Jump bikes in Orlando after all

Posted By on Thu, May 23, 2019 at 4:43 PM

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Uber Jump bikes aren't coming to the City Beautiful, the company says.

The latest bike-sharing option had already been approved by city officials. It would have joined Lime, which has placed roughly 500 battery-assisted bikes around town since its launch last year, and Hopr, which launched last year as well and has around 250 pedal-pusher bikes throughout the city.

"We thank the city of Orlando for issuing Jump a permit to operate electric bikes in the city," says Uber spokesperson Javi Correoso in a statement to Orlando Weekly. "At this time, we are not moving forward with a launch but we will continue to work with city officials to consider new modes of transportation on our platform in the future."

There's still a chance Uber could launch its scooters in town, however, especially in light of the fact that the company has already launched its scooters in Miami and is also planning to bring them to Tampa, too.

It depends in part on how well the city's one-year pilot program for dockless bike-sharing goes, which is about halfway over at the moment.

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