Sacramento Leading Nation in Bike Share Use

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Sacramento Leading Nation in Bike Share Use

February 14, 2020 | By The Railyards

Sacramento is leading the nation for Jump bike and electric scooter use, according to Jump-owned Uber.

City riders have taken more than half a million bike trips and more than 450,000 scooter trips since June, according to City officials. More than 2,000 scooters by companies Jump and Lime are in use on the streets of Sacramento. 

The City recently announced Santa Monica-based shared ridesharable company, Bird, brought a fleet of 250 electronic scooters to Sacramento and San Francisco-based Spin added 250 of its own devices. Per City code,  shared mobility operators can add 250 units every three months during their first year.

By March, officials expect 3,000 scooters and 1,000 e-bikes will be in use within the City.

Electric bikes and scooters are part of Sacramento's plan to be the most liveable City in America, a sweeping plan that prioritizes sustainability.

"They're not internal combustion engines, they don't use gasoline. So, they are a greener way to travel," said Sacramento Transportation Planning Manager Jennifer Donlon.

"Shared-rideable programs help achieve the City's goals of encouraging active transportation, reducing vehicle miles traveled by single-occupancy trips and reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

Sacramento’s local electric bike rental program kicked off with 300 bikes operating in the Sacramento, West Sacramento, and Davis areas in May of 2018.

The limited supply didn't meet the City's demand and the City quickly increased the bike fleet to meet the demand.

”Within the first couple of months we more than doubled, I think even tripled, the ridership of San Francisco," said City councilmember Steve Hansen.

 Sacramento Second Only to Paris, Worldwide

The popularity of Sacramento's bike and scooter program has the City leading the nation for use, followed by Seattle in the #3 spot.

The only city beating Sacramento in world-wide bike share use is Paris.

And that's good news for Sacramento.

Studies show that the bicycle industry and bicycle tourism (and the health benefits from bicycling) creates jobs, economic activity, and cost savings. Bike trails and facilities have a positive, statistically significant impact on home values, and bike-friendly communities also benefit non-bike related retail stores. When communities invest in bike infrastructure, everyone benefits. Overall, bike commuters are healthier and bike-friendly streets are safer for everyone on the road.

Photo courtesy of Jump

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