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Uber Acquires Cycle-Sharing Startup JUMP Bikes

Uber Acquires Cycle-Sharing Startup JUMP Bikes

Uber officially closes its purchase of bike-sharing startup Jump.

Jump, which is based in Brooklyn, New York, has raised $11.6 million and has 51 to 100 employees, according to Crunchbase. By February, Jump had launched a pilot service in partnership with Uber.

Uber said that the data from its ride network allows the company to understand the best locations to place the bicycles in different cities, so they can be used more frequently.

Companies like Uber are betting on big shifts in how people commute. Over the last nine months, Uber rewrote its corporate values, became more conciliatory with regulators, and settled a trade secrets lawsuit with driverless auto competitor Waymo. This could be a boon for ebike sharing and it has everything to do with Uber's *uber* popular app and the integration of "ebiking" as a cheaper, more fun, and often quicker option than calling a vehicle.

Uber's loss follows an earlier one past year where the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) classified the company as a transport service rather than a digital one, which stripped it of protections against undue national regulation that digital services enjoy under EU law.

Under Khosrowshahi, that vision has taken off. Chinese startups Mobike and Ofo have recently entered the United States, competing with bike-share services sponsored by Citigroup and Ford Motor Co and California-based startups such as LimeBike. Express Pool bears obvious similarities to a bus, but with greater flexibility than existing public transit routes.

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Now Jump and its fleet of e-bikes (in January the company launched 250 of the bikes into San Francisco with rides for $2 for 30 minutes) is officially part of Uber, pedaling Uber away from exclusively cars and driving to get around.

Considering Uber's scale, " Rzepecki hopes in order to disperse blink's bicycles further and faster. The battery-powered e-bikes became available for use through both Jump's app and Uber's.

Mr Khosrowshahi described the platform as a "stellar product". "This also helps us provide greener, more affordable, and more accessible transportation options for commuters, ultimately reducing the need for individual vehicle ownership". However, some cities have complained that dockless bikes have become a nuisance, clogging sidewalks or left damaged in unusual locations. Rzepecki is a city planner by training, and Jump has had success running bike-share systems in cities all over the globe. "People are using these bikes for multiple trips a day". "We've got to think it through".

While Jump bikes are not yet regulated, the electric-pedal company received exclusive permission from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) to kickstart service in the city. While they still exist, Jump can't expand beyond 250 bikes until it gets authorization and evaluation from San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority. Ryan will report to me, and we will look to keep the JUMP team independent and focused on growth vs integration in the near to mid-term.

A direct Jump/Eats relationship would also give Uber more integration throughout its food delivery stack.


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