City of San José and Ford GoBike Announce Launch of Ebikes

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Ford GoBike Plus Ebikes Will Power Up Commutes for San José Riders, Allowing Them to Travel Further and Get Around with Ease

SAN JOSE, Calif (December 13, 2018) — Ford GoBike will add more than 120 pedal-assist ebikes to its bike share network in San José. The ebikes, known as Ford GoBike Plus, feature motors that give riders a boost as they pedal, helping them to ride longer distances and up inclines with less effort. Ford GoBike Plus bikes will launch on Friday, December 14 and can be unlocked using the Ford GoBike app or Clipper cards and docked at any of the 44 bike share stations in San José.

“Ask anyone who has had the opportunity to ride an ebike, and they’ll tell you how exciting and transformative the ride can be,” said Ford GoBike General Manager Emily Stapleton. “We are thrilled to partner with the City of San José and MTC to expand ebike access and
deliver a fantastic new way to get around town.”

Pedal-assist ebikes give the rider a boost as he or she exerts effort while pedaling. Ebikes require less physical exertion, flatten uphill trips, and offer a sweat-free ride, making cycling a more attractive option for a wider range of trip types. By making longer trips easier, ebikes can also help shift travel patterns from cars to bikes.

Access to Ford GoBike Plus is included in the cost of a membership or pass. Memberships are available for $15 per month or $149 per year, with passes available at $2 for a single ride or $10 for a 24-hour access pass. Bike Share for All memberships are available to lowincome residents at the discounted rate of $5 for their initial year and include unlimited rides, on ebikes or classic bikes, of up to 60 minutes.

Ford GoBike partnered with the City of San José and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to launch its docked system in downtown San José in 2017. San José is part of the regional network of Ford GoBike, which now consists of 318 stations throughout San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville, as well as San José. Expansion in San José is well underway and continuing: in addition to the 44 existing stations and one planned station being installed soon, 40 additional stations have been proposed and are going through the community review process, including one at the Berryessa BART station.

About the City of San José
With more than one million residents, San José is Northern California’s largest city and the 10th largest city in the nation. San José is known as the “Capital of Silicon Valley,” and the City’s transformation into a global innovation center has resulted in one of the largest concentrations of technology companies and expertise in the world. In 2011, the City adopted Envision San José 2040, a long-term growth plan that sets forth a vision and a comprehensive road map to guide the City’s anticipated growth through the year 2040.

About the Department of Transportation
The San José Department of Transportation (DOT) plans, develops, operates, and maintains transportation facilities, services, and related systems that contribute to the livability and economic health of the city. Our goal
is to provide a transportation system that is safe, efficient, and convenient for all modes of transportation, and which supports San José’s livability and economic vitality.

About the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)
MTC is the transportation planning, financing and coordinating agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, and works with other government and private-sector partners to deliver bike sharing in the Bay Area. For more information, go to http://mtc.ca.gov.

About Ford GoBike
The Ford GoBike system is an integral part of the Bay Area’s transportation network. With more than 300 stations and 3,000 bikes on the ground across San Francisco, San Jose, Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville, the system has generated over two million rides since launching in June 2017. At the forefront of bikeshare innovation, the system features the popular Ford GoBike Plus ebikes to help riders easily summit Bay Area hills as well as 200 dockless bikes in North San Jose. When completed, the 7,000-bike, 546-station Ford GoBike network will be the second-largest bike share system in North America, setting new national standards in density, convenience and equity. Ford GoBike is powered by Lyft, North America’s bike share leader.