Data Shows JUMP Bikes are Filling their Niche

Between Uber/Lyft and Conventional Bike-Share, there's JUMP

Red JUMP bikes are popping up all over the city. Photo: Streetsblog/Rudick
Red JUMP bikes are popping up all over the city. Photo: Streetsblog/Rudick

Ford GoBikes are convenient and ubiquitous, but a bit heavy to ride up a hill or take on a trip over a mile. Ride-hails and taxis seem to be preferred for trips around five miles. But they get stuck in the Bay Area’s notorious traffic, as do buses.

JUMP electric-assist bikes (those bright-red bikes that are kind of hard to miss in many of San Francisco’s neighborhoods), just released its first month of data today: the average trip on a JUMP bike is 2.6 miles. “With e-assist providing a boost up to 20 mph it’s obvious that e-bikes are faster than regular bikes. However, in cities like SF where cars travel at a pace of 12 mph, riding a JUMP bike to and from work is often faster than driving and also cheaper than hailing a car,” wrote JUMP’s staff in a Medium post.

As Streetsblog posted previously, due to San Francisco’s exclusive agreement with Ford GoBike, JUMP had to go through a long application and permit process to put bikes on public property. But in January they got permission from SFMTA to deploy 250 bikes. Another 250 bikes will be deployed in seven or eight months, contingent on data from JUMP and permit approvals. But this first round of data, since it seems to confirm that JUMP is filling a different niche from GoBike, should pave the way for that expansion.

“Electric bikes open up the fun and freedom of biking to so many more people. Jump’s electric bikes and their Boost program, which ensures affordability for all San Franciscans, are especially exciting,” wrote Chris Cassidy, spokesman for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, in an email to Streetsblog about the data.

JUMP produced this nifty animation, based on its GPS data, of usage growing over the month of February. It paints a picture of where people are going in San Francisco on JUMP bikes.

Meanwhile, Ford GoBike has electric-assist bikes on the way too.

JUMP recently partnered with Uber to offer bikes through the Uber app. JUMP is also rolling out charging stations and is currently testing an incentive program for riders to bring them in for more juice, explained Rikin Diwan, a company spokesperson. At the moment, JUMP has to collect the bikes themselves and charge them up when the batteries get low.

  • J SF

    Love the Jump bikes. Decentralized pickup and drop.
    But….I know it’s nitpicking. .
    The byline should NOT read “The data shows”
    Correct is: The data (plural ) show (no s).

  • Ziggy Tomcich

    I love Jump bikes. It’s the most effective way of getting more people to ride and not relying on vehicles to get around.

    The biggest problem I see with Jump is safety. The extra speed Jump bikes cruise at means a much higher likelyhood of a collision and much greater consequences when a collision does occur. Plus the drum brakes on Jump bikes are quite underpowered given how fast they can cruise. A Jump bike riding downhill has much a much greater stopping distance than a car traveling the same speed on the same stretch. People will eventually die riding these because they are mostly riden by inexperienced riders cruising at speeds twice as fast as most city bicycles.

    They’re very fun to ride and I love Jump bikes. I just wish they had a better focus on safety. A Jump bike is way more potentially dangerous than a Ford Go-bike, and riders should be made aware of this risk.

  • HayBro

    I think the best option for bike share in San Francisco are bikes like these: dockless bikes that must be locked to a pole or rack (ie they cannot be locked and left wherever, such as in the middle of the sidewalk).

  • Cynara2

    Poor e bike riders. So endangered by driving these unregistered and unidentifiable vehicles by one hundred percent free will choice. Just imagine how awful it is going to be for them when they are forced to ride on sidewalks and through occupied crosswalks? They will they have the extra hazard of pedestrians not jumping out of their way in time. If pedestrians would just stay home or drive cars, California might not be number one in the country for pedestrian deaths.

  • Cynara2

    It is terribly unfair that these super safe vehicles are banned in New York city and most large cities in China. Just because they kill a few pedestrians? Pfft. Who cares?

  • Pietro Gambadilegno

    One troll. Two comments so far and counting.

    You really have to be dumb to think that ebikes are the biggest threat to pedestrians.

  • I like the Jump bikes, mostly because they are available to access in more neighborhoods in the city vs. GoBike which has plans to expand, but is basically frozen after their last station installation blitz they did. I was able to get from the Inner Sunset district to Market and Montgomery in about 37 minutes which is about $2.14, less than a ride on Muni.

    But I have some concerns about the program:
    For some reason, I checked my account about the cost to use, and currently securing the bike outside of the service territory is a zero penalty, when it’s supposed to be $25.

    I’ve seen people dock their Jump bike in Sausalito and just take the ferry back. Even if Jump enforced the $25 penalty, it’s cheaper than doing a bike rental. Jump is burning more money if they have to send a truck or van across the bridge to fetch it.

  • Hugh Shepard

    Most large cities in China??? That statement couldn’t be more inaccurate. Beijing and Shanghai are like the capitals of the e-bike. There are more e-bikes in Beijing than there are human-powered bikes and motorcycles. There’s also a growing and popular dockleess electric bike share in Beijing too that is called mebike. So e-bikes are definitely legal in most of China.

  • Javí M

    I’d love to see your math that shows “A Jump bike riding downhill has much a much greater stopping distance than a car traveling the same speed on the same stretch.”

  • Ziggy Tomcich

    I would love to! That would be fun! I imagine the results will be different for each person based on their weight, and their skill at applying maximum brake pressure while maintaining control. Driving a car it’s relatively easy to stop quickly with wide tires and antilock brakes. On a bicycle it’s much trickier. In tested going down hill on Pacific I know I can stop shorter ok my road bike with hydro disc brakes then I can with a car, but my city takes much longer than a car since it’s heavier and has crappy caliper brakes.

  • Javí M

    Well, you’re wrong. Do some googling on stopping distance and weight or maybe sign up for a physics class at SFCC

  • Wilfried84

    Jumping in late here. Bicycles have killed a grand total of 4 people since 2009 (I believe; I don’t have the statistics at my finger tips at the moment). None of them were ebikes. So, in a decade, ebikes have killed not even one, and bikes in general well nigh close to none.

  • Ziggy Tomcich

    So you have no evidence that I’m wrong other than your intuition so you’re instructing me to google stopping distances or take a physics class? What an ignorant attitude!

    I’ve been riding my bicycle everyday on that steep section of Pacific and Taylor for over 4 years and I’m certain that the stopping distance of me on my city bike with cargo or a Jump bike is about twice the distance of driving any car going the same speed.

    The performance of bicycle brakes heavily depends on the total weight of the bicycle including the rider and the cargo, and the gradient its on.

    I believe the Jump Bike brakes are underpowdered given the cruising speeds of those bikes, the weight of the bike and rider, and the hills people will regularly ride them down. Riding those bikes is fun but it’s almost like driving a speedboat; great acceleration with dismal braking. When there’s not even enough braking power to even lock a wheel when applying max brake pressure while ridong down a hill, then there’s a very good chance that a car will be able to stop in less distance.

  • gasstationwithoutpumps

    “Data” used to be a plural noun (the plural form of “datum”), but it has been evolving over the past century into an uncountable noun, and uncountable nouns in English are treated as grammatically singular. The transition is not complete. According to books.google.com/ngrams, “data are” is still slightly more popular (54% to 46%), but losing ground.

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