Dockless bike sharing service JUMP gets acquired by Uber

Industry experts say more consolidation will follow in the United States, particularly as bike-sharing companies face regulatory limits on the number of bikes allowed in cities and difficulties getting Americans accustomed to pedaling instead of driving.

Bikes, fine - but we're drawing the line at dockless scooters.

The EU's top court on Tuesday backed the right of member states like France to ban a service by ridesharing firm Uber without notifying Brussels, in a fresh setback to the USA giant.

The bike share schemes users can locate and unlock bicycles through their smartphones.

The French company Uber France provides, by means of a smartphone application, a service called UberPop, through which it puts non-professional drivers using their own vehicle in contact with persons who wish to make urban journeys. The operational platform for conducting the operational activities of Uber would be active for Uber drivers for one week and for the Grab drivers until the end of May.

Oddly enough, waving a fistful of dollars under Ryan Rzepecki's nose was not sufficient to close the deal.

In another legal setback for Uber, the European Court of Justice has said France is allowed to bring criminal proceedings against managers of the ride-hailing app without notifying the European Commission in advance.

At present, Uber users in San Francisco and Washington, D.C. can rent Jump Bikes via the Uber app as part of a pilot scheme. The ride-hailing giant announced this week that it has acquired the New York City-based startup for an undisclosed amount. Riders pay a monthly subscription fee to access the JUMP bike share fleet.

E-bikes seem likely to become a much more common sight on city streets.

It relates to the use of unlicensed drivers as part of the UberPOP service, which has been suspended in France and in several other places.

"We will remain good partners to cities while delivering excellent service to our riders", he said in a blog post. "New Yorkers have embraced public bike sharing faster than anyone expected", said de Blasio in a statement.

Founded in March 2009, Uber is a US-based tech company that specializes in peer-to-peer ridesharing, food delivery and logistical service.

"Electric bikes are exciting because they can go longer distances at higher speeds, and handle different (terrains), such as San Francisco's hills", Susan Shaheen, co-director of the UC Berkeley Transportation Sustainability Research Center tells Said and Lee. Could Jump have an advantage over its rivals now that it's under Uber's umbrella?

Unlike other regular bike hiring services, dockless bikes can be returned anywhere, not necessarily to designated racks or stations.

Jump may be able avoid such headaches with a built-in lock that attaches to a fixed object rather than the bike itself.

  • Rogelio Becker