Uber’s JUMP e-scooters to be trialled in Auckland
Posted: 15 January 2020 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
The roll out comes after the council withdrew licences for Lime and Wave branded-scooters in 2019.
Uber’s JUMP e-scooters have officially launched in Auckland as part of an 18-month trial, with users able to access the service via the Uber app.
The company will roll out 735 of the latest JUMP e-scooters across the city, which are said to be custom-made for shared transportation.
“Designed with a focus on safety, simplicity and durability, the scooter frame is bigger and more durable with larger wheels and better suspension to more easily navigate rough spots in the road or footpath. It also has two hand brake levers, in a similar style to the hand brakes you find on a bicycle,” Uber stated.
“Safety is at the heart of JUMP and our commitment to micromobility and Auckland’s multi-modal future.
“We want to be sure all users understand safe rider behaviour including wearing a helmet, respecting other pedestrians and road rules, using the breaks and encouraging people to just take it slowly as they get used to using the e-scooters,” it continued.
“We’re thrilled to now have JUMP e-scooters in both Auckland and Wellington. Multi-modal transport provides a viable alternative to private vehicles like cars. It’s perfect for short trips or connecting people to public transport. It offers a fast, environmentally friendly way for people to reduce congestion and get around their cities.”