Vail, Avon and EagleVail issued the following press release last week about Drop Mobility being selected as the supplier of a new summer e-bike sharing system called Shift Bike:
The City of Vail, City of Avon, and Metropolitan District of EagleVail today publicly announce that Drop Mobility has been selected as the vendor to provide electric-assist bicycles and software for the launch of a ride-sharing system. electric bikes to be launched this summer called Shift Bike. The bike-share system is designed to help local residents and employees move their commute – away from car journeys and towards e-bikes for short trips and daily commutes.
The Shift Bike system includes a fleet of 90 e-bikes and 20 hub stations across the three communities and will launch with a grand opening event at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7. The launch event includes elected officials from all three partner communities and will be held at the Vail Public Library station located in the parking lot between the Vail Public Library and Vail Health on Meadow Drive in Vail. Free burritos will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Partner communities are encouraging community members to join them in celebrating the launch of this innovative micromobility system on June 7th.
“We are thrilled to partner with Vail and EagleVail in the first regional e-bike sharing program in the Valley,” said Avon Mayor Sarah Smith Hymes. “Avon operated a local bike share program from 2017 to 2019. This regional e-bike share program will expand the accessible area and increase options for our residents and visitors. Our residents and visitors will be able to get to Vail with barely a sweat. Additionally, improving micromobility transportation is a key strategy for building a sustainable transportation system by bridging the gap on first and last mile concerns for transit users.
City of Vail Mayor Kim Langmaid added, “Transportation is the largest contributor to greenhouse gases in Eagle County and the regional Shift bike share system is a great strategy to reduce emissions.” related to transport to help meet climate action targets of reducing emissions by 25% by 2025, 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2050. Micromobility solutions such as this e-bike sharing are one of many transportation opportunities to increase sustainable mobility options in Vail and our broader Eagle County community, encouraging community members to change their behavior out of their cars and commuting in a more sustainable way. »
“We are very pleased to partner with the City of Vail and the City of Avon to bring this regional bike share program to our community,” said Steven Barber, District Manager of the EagleVail Metropolitan District. . “This will be a great opportunity for locals and visitors to explore a new option for getting around town for shopping, attending events and commuting to work.”
“We believe in empowering communities to build and operate a bike share system that works best for them.” said Dipesh Dar, co-founder and COO of Drop Mobility. “By partnering with the cities of Vail, Avon and EagleVail, we were able to collaborate on the design of the system to create one that is accessible, reliable, sustainable and reaches the community it is meant to serve.”
Working together, the cities of Vail, Avon, EagleVail and Drop Mobility designed the bike share system, including selecting hub locations with community help and input, and designing pricing to complement local bike rentals and not directly compete with their rental. programs. The Shift Bike website includes education on the difference between the Shift Bike sharing program, intended for short trips under an hour’s ride, running errands and attending social events around and between cities, and the programs bicycle rental. The website includes a list of all bike shops in the three communities with rental programs to make it convenient for those looking for e-bikes for longer excursions and recreational rides.
Shift Bike’s pricing structure encourages short trips and offers monthly and seasonal passes to residents who live, work, or own property in Eagle County and has an equity program for income-qualified residents . Additionally, for a rider to complete a ride and stop the associated charges, Shift bikes must be returned and properly docked at one of the hub locations identified on the Shift Bike app. For more information on prices and how to change your ride, visit shift-bike.com.
For more information about the program, contact Beth Markham, City of Vail Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, at 970-479-2333 or [email protected], Jim Shoun, City of Avon at [email protected] , Steven Barber EagleVail Metro District Manager at [email protected]
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