BikeLNK testing 20 more e-bikes in its rental fleet | Local

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 in style throughout their trial run this yr.

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 enhance the rider’s pedaling effort, and may cruise at a prime pace of 17 mph.

These first e-bikes accounted for practically 20% of BikeLNK’s 14,903 complete journeys since then, mentioned BikeLNK metropolis supervisor Jamie Granquist.

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“They’ve had a major impression on journeys per bike per day,” she mentioned. “They’ve been extremely popular, which is why we have now the expanded demo.”

The trial e-bikes will likely 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.

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Granquist advised 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 is no such thing as a further value to renting the e-bikes.