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 12 months.
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 increase the rider’s pedaling effort, and may cruise at a high velocity of 17 mph.
These first e-bikes accounted for practically 20% of BikeLNK’s 14,903 whole journeys since then, stated BikeLNK metropolis supervisor Jamie Granquist.
“They’ve had a major impression on journeys per bike per day,” she stated. “They’ve been very talked-about, which is why now we have the expanded demo.”
The trial e-bikes will probably be round by way of the top 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.
Granquist urged 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 extra value to renting the e-bikes.