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More hire bikes take to Islington’s streets

31 May, 2019 — By Emily Finch

New Jump bikes

A SECOND set of rental bikes hit the streets of Islington this week, just two months after the introduction of another fleet.

Ride-sharing giant Uber has launched its electric bikes, called Jump, which are being piloted in the borough before being introduced to other parts of London.

The red bikes, which can be booked through a smartphone app, cost £1 to unlock and 12p per minute.

Disability rights campaigners have previously said that dock-less rental bikes often cause an obstruction for wheelchairs users on narrow pavements.

Uber has said it has “worked to identify where to best place e-bikes to ensure they are convenient around key stations, high streets and parks”.

Riders are fined £25 if they leave the GPS-tracked bikes in “no parking zones” by canals and hospitals, Uber says.

The latest launch follows the introduction of Lime electric bikes in March.

Environment chief Councillor Claudia Webbe said she was “pleased to welcome Jump” to Islington.

“Bike sharing offers a simple way for many residents, workers and visitors to get around quickly, cheaply and conveniently,” she said.

“Shared electric bikes are accessible to many people of different ages and fitness levels, and can help encourage even more people to switch to cycling, which is healthier and more environmentally friendly.”

The Town Hall and Uber would not answer questions as to whether the council was paid to allow the pilot.

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