FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 4, 2019
Contact: Dane Eifling
Bicycle & Pedestrian Programs Coordinator
VeoRide Bikeshare Program Adds 150 New E-Assist Bikes
Note: An earlier version of this release stated that the public demo of the new bikes would be held on Feb. 8. The demo will actually take place on Tuesday, February 5, from 10 a.m. to noon.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — VeoRide’s University of Arkansas and Fayetteville program, the state’s largest bikeshare, is tripling its fleet of electric-assist bikes. The program launched in September of 2018 with 290 customized, non-electric 7-speed bikes and 50 standard second-generation e-assist bikes. The expansion is in response to high customer demand for electric-assist bikes. Users have taken more than 35,000 rides on VeoRide bikes in Fayetteville since the program launched. According to VeoRide’s usage data, the e-assist bikes have been checked out at three times the rate of the non-electric bikes.
The number of e-assist bikes in Fayetteville is being upped to 150, all with the latest third-generation technology upgrades and fully customized Razorback red frames. The bikes’ front-drive motors can assist riders to pedal up to 15 miles per hour and responsively adjust torque to match riding conditions, such as traveling up a hill. The battery can run up to 68 miles on a single charge, and VeoRide’s operations team will swap the battery when it needs to be charged.
The customized e-bikes are available on the same VeoRide app that allows riders to access the pedal bikes. Just find the e-bike icon on the map in the app, select to reserve, and scan the QR code to unlock. The cost to rent an e-bike is $1 to unlock and $0.10 a minute. Users without a smart phone can contact VeoRide to receive an RFID card that can be used to unlock the bikes.
The new e-assist bikes will be rolled out gradually over the next two weeks as the bikes are inspected, charged and distributed to bike-share hub locations.
A free public and media test ride and demo event will be held alongside the Frisco Trail section of the Razorback Regional Greenway at 550 W Dickson Street on Tuesday, February 5, from 10 am to noon.