BikeLNK testing 20 extra e-bikes in its rental fleet | Native
The town’s bike-share program is rolling out one other dozen electrical pedal-assist bikes Friday, after its first 5 proved fashionable throughout their trial run this 12 months.
BikeLNK, which already had a fleet of 105 conventional pedal-powered rental bikes, launched 5 e-bikes in March and eight extra two weeks in the past. The rechargeable bikes have electrical motors that increase the rider’s pedaling effort, and might cruise at a high pace of 17 mph.
These first e-bikes accounted for almost 20% of BikeLNK’s 14,903 complete journeys since then, stated BikeLNK metropolis supervisor Jamie Granquist.
“They’ve had a big impression on journeys per bike per day,” she stated. “They’ve been extremely popular, which is why we now have the expanded demo.”
The trial e-bikes can be round by the tip of 2020. Then the public-private bike share program will decide whether or not to search out the funding — about $2,500 per e-bike, in comparison with about $1,300 per common bike — so as to add some to its secure.
Granquist recommended riders obtain the BCycle App to search out the bikes, which her employees hold charged and distributed among the many program’s 21 stations, principally downtown and on UNL’s three campuses. The bikes are recognized by a lightning bolt and the phrase “electrical” above the chain guard. There isn’t any extra value to renting the e-bikes.