BikeLNK is powering up with five electric pedal-assist bikes in March and April. E-bikes are the newest bike sharing technology that have helped systems across the country increase ridership and become just a bit more fun. We are excited to have the bikes in the system for two months to see how the community responds- we think e-bikes will not only bring more rides and even more smiles.
The five bikes are a demo fleet of BCycle Electric bikes which assist riders as they pedal up to 17mph. The this powered up demo run is being sponsored by Allo, provider of lightning-fast fiber. There is no additional cost to use an e-bike, you just need a valid BikeLNK pass. To get the assist, you need to turn on the bike with a button located above the screen on the left-side of the handlebars. Once you start pedaling, the electric-assist will match the your power.
We plan to have a “home base” station for the bikes to be at each day to ensure they rotate around the system. That way everyone can get a chance to experience the joy of electric-assist while out riding. The bikes will start at the “home base” station each morning and be brought back to the station three more times throughout the day. On Monday, March 2nd, the bikes will start at the 11th & P station located right outside Embassy Suites. We suggest using the BCycle App to locate the e-bikes which will be shown with a little lightning bolt symbol on the station icon.
These demo bikes are the same model as the 90 electric pedal-assist bikes in Omaha's bike share system, Heartland B-cycle. In Omaha, the e-bikes have been met with much enthusiasm causing Heartland B-cycle trips to increase by 118%. BCycle systems across the country have had great success with implementing e-bikes and we expect the Lincoln community to have a similar reception.
You can take a ride on a game changing electric pedal-assist bike from BikeLNK starting Monday, March 2nd and they will be available until the end of April. E-bikes can be located using the BCycle App or follow us on social media to see what station the bikes will be “home based” on that day. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get the latest e-bike updates.