New E-Bike Share Program For The City

The City of Providence is taking another stab at electric bike sharing, this time entering into a one-year contract with Spin, the company that runs the scooter sharing program. According to WPRI, the new system has worked out the problems that afflicted our last foray into e-bike sharing:

Now the city has signed a new contract with Spin, which promises its bikes are “highly tamper-resistant,” and feature a pedal assist that can go up to 20 miles per hour, according to a specification sheet.

The company has received permits to have 400 bicycles and 600 scooters in Providence.

The plan is to use the same bike racks that were originally installed by the city for the JUMP bikes and which have sat empty throughout Providence for nearly two years. The city spent nearly $400,000 on infrastructure for the original bike share program, including the racks.

The ProJo reports that the city has negotiated a reduced-fare program:

Those who qualify include individuals on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, or WIC. Riders taking part in the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority reduced fare pass program and the RIWorks program also qualify, as do those residing in a Providence Housing Authority property.

Contact info at SPIN Access.

According to The City’s info page: “E-scooters and bikes may be operated on sidewalks or in the roadway.” Objection. Sidewalks are for walking.

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