JUMP bike-sharing now available in Rome

Posted: 22 October 2019 |

Rome is the first Italian city to debut the bike-sharing scheme, with 700 bicycles appearing across the city, and a further 2,800 planned to be deployed over the coming weeks.

Uber Jump bicycles now available in Rome

Rome’s mayor, Virginia Raggi, has announced the launch of bike-sharing service JUMP for the Italian capital.

Rome is the first city in Italy to debut the bike-sharing scheme, with 3,500 bicycles planned to be deployed over the coming weeks.

The red pedal-assisted bicycles are fitted with GPS tracking and a shopping-basket at the front. The bikes can be found in the Uber app, which allows the user to locate the nearest bike and then unlockit with a pin that is provided in the app. The cost of hire is 20 cents per minute with a 50 cent charge to release the bicycle. The bikes can also be put on hold for up to 30 minutes.

The scheme covers a large area of Rome, from the centre to EUR, Coppedè, Monteverde Nuovo and Fleming. The bikes can be parked across the city in safe areas but cannot be parked along the Lungotevere river, in a bid to avoid damage, and vehicles parked along the river will incur a fee.

The arrival of Uber Jump has come a year after took its bikes out of Rome and Europe, after claiming that 60 per cent of its European fleet was vandalised, stolen or dumped in rivers.