October 26, 2020

Uber’s Jump releases more accessible three-wheeled scooters

Uber's Jump releases more accessible three-wheeled scooters

Even though electric scooters are typically seen zooming around cities, the two-wheeled devices aren’t always accessible to everyone.

E-scooter accessibility goes beyond cost to ride and availability in certain neighborhoods. For Uber’s Jump shared bikes and scooters, it means offering adaptive devices with more stability and reconfigured fixtures as well as controls as a way to give riders with disabilities more options.

Starting Wednesday, a pilot program with four new Jump vehicles will launch in San Francisco. Two new models are available to rent through San Francisco Bike Rentals. The scooters won’t be rentable through the Uber app right away, but those who want to ride can pick up and drop off from two different bike shop locations in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley and Fisherman’s Wharf neighborhoods. Since the rentals are outside the app, riders can pay for the rides with debit or credit cards or cash at the bike shops. The adaptive rentals are $.33 per minute. …

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