(Last UPDATED 8/16/19) Description of the Sacramento JUMP Bikes bike-share program.
JUMP Bikes 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 of this year.
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
How to Rent a JUMP Bike/What it Costs
Download the JUMP Bikes app. Once you are signed up you will receive a Personal Identification Number. Bikes are shown as red dots on a map or on a list of the nearest bikes. The app also indicates the condition of the battery (as in the % it is charged).
A JUMP Bike costs $1 for the first 15 minutes, and then 7 cents afterwards to rent. After the first 30 minutes trips are prorated to the minute. Charges start when you unlock a bike or reserve a bike via the JUMP Bikes app.
You may also place a bike on hold for up to an hour – but changes do apply during this time. Keep in mind that there is a $25 fee for locking up a JUMP Bike outside the system area!
Students will want to check out the JUMP Bikes Student Plan. Anyone currently enrolled in a college or university located within the Sacramento Region can get 60 minutes of daily ride time for a $30 fee for the first year!
Low income Sacramentans who are enrolled in certain programs (Cal Fresh, WIC, etc.) can qualify for the JUMP Bikes Boost Plan – 60 minutes of daily ride time for a $5 fee for the first year.
(UPDATED 9/8/2018) 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.
(UPDATED 8/16/19) 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.
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