Up to 25 kph: Bike-sharing system offers new e-bikes
The city bike-sharing system has started testing new e-bike models, with six docking points offering over 200 e-bikes. They will be available until 1 November when the bike-sharing season is set to end.
Electric traction boosts the speed of the e-bike to 25 kph, and then the electric motors switch off for cyclists’ safety. A fully charged battery provides for a range of 30−40 km, depending on the terrain. Older e-bike models had a maximum range of 20 km. The new e-bikes also weigh less, at 27 rather than 40 kg.
E-bikes feature pedal assist systems, with electric motors matching cyclists’ speeds. The greater the pedal cadence, the faster the bike goes, but at the same time the speed of the bike is easy to control.
A new monitor screen shows battery charge levels and bike speeds. When the bike is standing still, the monitor screen shows other useful data, including e-bike rent duration and mileage. Standard inscriptions have been replaced with icons indicating the beginning and end of trips, and notifying users about repairs and maintenance or the need to recharge batteries.
There are detailed instruction manuals in a basket attached to the bike’s handlebars. Whether it is ordinary bikes or e-bikes, the price is the same.
“The city’s bike-sharing system introduced e-bikes in 2016, and they became popular right away. The electric motors allow cyclists to take it easy. This is very handy when e-bikes are used to shuttle from metro stations to work and back. That’s why we have decided to upgrade e-bikes and to test lighter, simpler and user-friendly models,” Deputy Moscow Mayor and Head of the Moscow Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development Maxim Liksutov noted.
If public demand for e-bikes soars, more will be added for the 2019 bike-sharing season.
E-bike docking points:
— No. 209 (near Sportivnaya metro station, exit No. 1);
— No. 220 (26 Ushachov Street);
— No. 221 (3 Krasnaya Presnya Street);
— No. 241 (near Krasnopresnenskaya metro station);
— No. 243 (20/19 Berezhkovskaya Embankment);
— No. 250 (near Imperiya (Empire) Tower, part of the Moscow International Business Centre, at 6/2 Presnenskaya Embankment).
The city launched the Velobike bike-sharing system in 2013, setting up 79 docking points along the Boulevard Ring and Frunzenskaya Embankment. This year, people can choose from over 4,000 bikes at 430 points. New bike docking points are located near metro stations, or, in the case of the Moscow Central Circle (MCC) belt railway’s docking points, near parks and in outlying districts.
People can rent bikes at one points and leave them at any other. This viable transport alternative is convenient for short trips, for example, from the park to the metro station. Each year, 50 new docking points and 500 bicycles are added to the bike-sharing scheme.
There have already been a record number of bike-sharing trips made this season. Since late April, more than 4 million rides were recorded, an impressive figure compared to the 2.4 million trips made throughout 2017.