The Center for Community Transportation (CCT) in Ithaca, New York has launched Ithaca Bikeshare, a community-owned electric bike sharing program.
The bikes are supplied by Drop Mobility, an electric bike company that services over a dozen cities across the US. The bikes can reach a maximum speed of 16 miles per hour and are accessible in an app on both the Apple App Store and Google Play.
Three hubs are located just south of Cornell’s campus and the e-bikes can be found scattered around the city. The Ithaca Voice reports that there are plans to add more e-bikes to the program in the spring, when warmer weather may bring increased ridership.
“A lot of time and energy has gone into making Ithaca Bikeshare possible,” said CCT Director of Micromobility Jeff Goodmark in a statement to the Ithaca Voice. “I want to thank everyone for their part in making it happen. I am personally excited for the return of bikeshare as this program brings much needed affordable, alternative, and sustainable transportation for everyone to use.”
The program offers pay-as-you-go (15 cents/minute with a $1 unlock fee), day pass ($20/day), monthly ($45/month) and annual ($150/year) memberships. To select a bike, users can either click their desired e-bike on the map or scan the QR code located both on the handlebars and behind the seat. Once a bike has been selected, the app will ask users to add a credit card and select a payment plan. After payment, the bike will unlock via Bluetooth.
Learn more about the Bikeshare Program at The Cornell Daily Sun.
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