We're adding e-bikes in San Francisco!
December 21st, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO, December 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Scoot Networks, Inc., the leading provider of shared, light electric vehicle (LEV) services, today announced it is adding a full fleet of electric bicycles to its service in San Francisco. Scoot’s new e-bikes will be accessed through the same app that riders currently use to access and ride Scoot’s shared electric scooters.
Scoot has been operating a fleet of 700 electric two-wheelers in San Francisco for five years serving tens of thousands of riders who have logged more than 3.9 million miles. During that time, Scoot’s riders have collectively eliminated over 1000 metric tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere in San Francisco while simultaneously reducing congestion on city streets.
By adding e-bikes to the fleet, Scoot is advancing the company’s mission by addressing the needs of the San Francisco residents who are seeking more transit options that are affordable and valuable in their daily lives. “Scoot’s mission is Electric Vehicles for Everyone. Offering electric bicycles allow us to reach more people at a lower price point and give our current riders a new, convenient option for electric transportation.” says Scoot founder and CEO Michael Keating
As part of this effort, Scoot is applying for San Francisco’s dockless bike sharing permit. Scoot may be the only company that can meet the permit’s stringent requirements for operations and community inclusion. According to Eli Saddler, Scoot’s Head of External Affairs “Scoot has always worked closely with the city to make sure we are contributing to San Francisco’s transportation goals. We look forward to meeting and exceeding the city’s expectations for data sharing and providing affordable service to all San Franciscans.” It is well-known that Scoot’s tens of thousands of members would love the option to use an electric bicycle and that many San Franciscans who aren’t scooter riders would love to use electric bicycles they can pick up and park anywhere.
Scoot’s bicycle will have an electric motor to make pedaling easier, especially on hills, but will still require the rider to pedal in order to propel the bicycle up to a top speed of 20 MPH. Scoot’s San Francisco General Manager, Bob Walsh says “As a life-long San Franciscan and cyclist, I am excited to help increase cycling in San Francisco by offering people a quick, easy, affordable way to bike around the city.”
Scoot will start with hundreds of the new electric bicycles in the early springtime and grow the fleet to meet demand. Scoot will also be adding more scooters and other types of the electric vehicles to its app in 2018 as demand in San Francisco is strong.