Are E-Bikes the Future of Dockless Bike Share?

Although it’s been in the U.S. for less than a year, dockless bike share is spreading rapidly across the country. What began in Seattle as an experiment borrowed from China has since spread to cities from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. And while public officials try to sort out some newfound logistical issues—bikes becoming clutter and litter in Dallas, for one—operators are charging forward with the next trend in the dockless revolution: electric bikes.

Jump, a Brooklyn-based start-up, became the first dockless company to roll out e-bikes when it launched in D.C. in September. Last month it also won the first contract to start operating e-bikes in San Francisco. LimeBike unveiled its own dockless e-bike at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Other companies, like Spin and Motivate, announced e-bike pilots around the same time. Even Uber got in on the action, announcing that it would allow users to locate Jump bikes using the ride share app.

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