(Last UPDATED 1/20/2022) Description of the status of JUMP Bikes & shared-rideables (bikes and scooters) in Sacramento. See UPDATE below for new rules effective January 15, 2022.
Original Post (7/6/18)
JUMP Bikes (broken link removed) entered the Sacramento market in May. The bright red JUMP Bikes you see zipping around town really stand out – I notice them everywhere. I have also noticed that the JUMP bike-racks I pass are often empty – or have only one or two bikes waiting for their next rider.
I have also observed JUMP Bike racks being filled with re-positioned bikes – but they do not seem to stay that way for long!
Note: Uber, the ride-hailing service, bought JUMP Bikes in April 2018.
Given the evident popularity of JUMP Bikes, the good news is that the number of bikes available to the Sacramento Region (Sacramento, West Sacramento and Davis) will increase by 600 – for a total of 900!
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JUMP Bikes have electric assist – so you get a boost every time you pedal. The seat is adjustable and they come equipped with a basket, bell, chain and skirt guards, an integrated lock and both head and tail lights. With a full charge JUMP Bikes have a range of 30+ miles.
JUMP Bikes do NOT come with helmets. JUMP Bikes advises riders to “wear a helmet, buckle the strap, and make sure it’s the right size”.
Riders are also instructed to:
- Plan your route
- Check to ensure that both tires are inflated, that the brakes work, and the bell on the left handle rings
- Make sure the seat height is properly adjusted for you
- When riding at night – be sure the automatic lights are on
- Brake early and gradually, and use both brakes at the same time – especially when going down hill
- Follow traffic laws and basic rules of the road (yield to pedestrians, ride in the direction of traffic, stop at both red lights and stop signs)
- Use hand signals and be careful when changing lanes
- When crossing rails, pay attention to your angle of entry and speed
- Adjust your speed and be even more alert during inclement weather
- Never go off-road with a JUMP bike
(1/20/2022) New Rules for the New Year (2022)
Effective January 15, all shared-rideables (scooters and bicycles) are required to be locked to bike racks or locked to itself in identified drop zones.
The City charges operators of shared-rideables $15 for each rideable that obstructs an accessible path of travel such as a sidewalk or curb ramp. Operators are required to pass this charge on to riders.
- Lock scooters and bikes to bike racks.
- Lock the vehicle to itself in identified drop zones.
- Make sure at least 20% of a public bike rack is left open for people using their own bikes.
- Lock shared-rideables to benches, sign poles, fire hydrants or anything that is not a bike rack.
(9/10/2020) Ride-Share Bikes and Scooters Return to Sacramento Streets
Lime, the new owner of JUMP Bikes, has started returning ride-share bikes and scooters to city streets. For now JUMP Bikes and scooters remain the same familiar red, but they will be repainted the Lime signature green at some point in the future. See the Lime website for specifics on cost, etc.
Note: How to Rent JUMP Bikes and related cost data deleted.
(6/25/2020) JUMP Bikes – Change in Ownership
Ownership of JUMP bikes and scooters was transferred from Uber to Lime in May 2020. Both disappeared from Sacramento streets in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Expect ride-share bikes and scooters to slowly reappear on city streets with new safety protocols in place.
(11/22/19) Shared Rideables Enforcement
On November 19, the Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento Public Works Department began enforcement of traffic and parking laws for users of “shared rideables” such a e-bikes and e-scooters. Violations, such as riding a scooter on a sidewalk, could result in a citation of up to $207.00. Incorrectly parked devices may result in a citation to the operating company of $27.50. This fine may be passed on by the company to the user responsible.
Check out the City of Sacramento shared rideable regulations page for a complete list of the do’s and don’ts, as well as information about where shared rideables are to be parked.
(8/16/19) JUMP Scooters
JUMP electric shareable scooters appear to be as popular, if not more popular, than JUMP bikes in Sacramento. Earlier this summer the Uber-owned company greatly expanded the number of scooters available for rent as well as its bike and scooter rental territory. The expansion was due to a city mandate requiring availability in lower-income territory with limited transportation and transit operations. I have certainly noticed an increased number of scooters leaning up against trees and sign posts or lying on the ground.
JUMP scooters have recently been joined by Lime scooters – you may have noticed the bright lime-colored scooters around town. Lime scooters hit the streets on a Wednesday – and the very next morning I saw one – illegally parked in the middle of a sidewalk in front of a neighbors house!
While I think the availability of shareable bikes and scooters is great – I for one believe it is past time for the city to start issuing tickets to riders who disobey the law.
(9/8/2018) Privacy Considerations
A friend suggested that I add a few words to this post about an important topic – i.e. PRIVACY. When you sign up for the JUMP app it asks your permission to share your location on a constant basis – not just when you are utilizing the app. You may want to think twice before you grant permission to allow the app to know your location and every move day and night. In this day and age declining permission would seem to be the smart thing to do.
See related blog post: Getting Around Sacramento
Comments on Shared-Rideables?
Have you taken a shared-rideable bike and/or scooter out for a spin? What was your experience – good or bad?
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Very informative article Kathy!!!! Thanks
Ann Murphy says
I have only tried jump bikes once. It was fun but ended with an overall bad experience. I put my bike “on hold” to have a cold beverage with 2 other riders. When we came out, the computer on my bike was frozen. I could not unlock it. The other two bikes were fine. However, because we were all together, and there were no other bikes near by, we had to abandoned all three and walk to our next location. After talking with others, many said they had similar “on hold” problems.
Thanks for sharing your experience – good to know!