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SF Free Ride Day for Global Climate Action Summit

August 15th, 2018

The Global Climate Action Summit announced it is partnering with GenZe, a leading manufacturer of electric bikes and scooters, and their transportation collaborators, Scoot and Ford GoBike, in order to include the community in the landmark event taking place in mid-September.

To make this happen, the Summit is offering a ‘free ride day’ for the entire city of San Francisco on all Scoots and Ford GoBikes on Thursday, September 13. Attendees of the Summit will also have free access to both Scoots and Ford GoBikes for the entire week.

Ford GoBike recently expanded their fleet to include GenZe electric bikes, and Scoot has been using GenZe electric scooters as part of their zero emissions fleet for several years.

“This partnership is a way for us to demonstrate San Francisco is a global leader in personal sustainable transportation. Although they are independent programs, Ford GoBike and Scoot have managed to seamlessly integrate into the city’s existing systems and infrastructure and make the gateway to entry effortless for new riders.” Vish Palekar, CEO, GenZe.

“There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to the 2 share systems. Some riders have a personal preference for one product over another. And certain trips and errands work best with a particular product,” Vish Palekar, CEO, GenZe.

By providing free rides on all Scoot and Ford GoBike vehicles, the community will be able to try out the different sustainable options within the two fleets and see how each vehicle works best for certain applications.

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Scoot operates shared networks of electric vehicles, ranging from electric bikes and kick scooters to motor scooters. Scoot operates thousands of light electric vehicles in San Francisco and Barcelona serving tens of thousands of riders monthly.

Scoot’s mission is to reduce global carbon emissions and traffic congestion that consistently plagues cities. In San Francisco alone, our riders have to-date prevented over five million pounds of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere.

Scoot’s app is available for download on iOS and Android phones. The company launched in Barcelona this summer and plans to enter additional cities across Western Europe and the Americas throughout the next year.

During the GCAS, all Summit attendees will receive a promo code for the Free Unlimited Plan, which offers unlimited 30-minute rides for free.

For Free Ride Day on September 13, Scoot will offer 30 minutes of free scooting to all new and existing riders in San Francisco. Existing Scoot riders will have credit added to their accounts. New riders can use the promo code GCAS18 to receive the credit. Rides beyond the 30 minutes start at just 10 cents/minute, depending on the plan.

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Launched earlier this year, Ford GoBike is already an integral part of the Bay Area’s transportation network. With over 300 bike share stations and more than 3,000 bikes across San Francisco, San Jose, Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville, the system has provided more than 1.5 million rides in just over a year.

Bike sharing is a fun, healthy and sustainable transportation option available during the Global Climate Action Summit and beyond. You can find Ford GoBikes at hundreds of stations across the Bay Area. In San Francisco, there are over 130 stations including these stations located near the Moscone Convention Center:
• Yerba Buena Center (Howard St at 3rd St.)
• Howard St. at Mary St.
• Folsom St. at 3rd St.
• Powell St. BART (4th St. at Market St.)

Summit attendees will receive a Free Access Pass, which allows for an unlimited number of 30-minute rides during a 24-hour period and can be activated at any point during the Summit.

In celebration of this inaugural Summit, Ford GoBike is also offering a Free Ride Day for the entire Bay Area on Thursday, September 13. Free passes will be available in the Ford GoBike app and will give locals access to free rides, up to 30 minutes at a time, throughout the day.

On Free Ride Day or using a Free Access Pass, all bike rides longer than 30 minutes are just $3 for each additional 15 minutes. Check back here soon for more detail on how to activate the attendee Free Access Pass and participate in the Free Ride Day.

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A version of this blog was originally posted on the Global Climate Action Summit blog.