Uber Launches Jump Bikes in Lisbon

Jump’s bikeshare system owned by Uber has joined Gira bikes and the list of eight companies currently offering dockless electric scooters in Lisbon.

Time will tell if Jump e-bikes will be more popular than Uber’s ride-sharing cars. As it turns out, hopping on a bike might be faster than being stuck in gridlock.

So far, Uber has deployed 750 of its Jump bikes in Lisbon.

You’ll be able to find and reserve a red bike using the Uber app. Unlike electric scooters, there’s no unlocking fee and you pay €0.15 per minute of use.

Currently, Jump’s only competitor in Lisbon is Gira, the bikeshare system operated by the municipal company Emel that offers both conventional and electric bikes with fixed docking stations.

Jump Dockless E-Bikes

Red Jump bikes are different from green Gira bikes in a couple of important ways.

  • Jump bikes have no docks or stations and can be left pretty much anywhere (out of the way of pedestrians).
  • Jump bikes do not lock themselves. Instead, a U-lock detaches from the bike so that you can lock the bike to a bike rack or other object when not in use. When you’re riding, the lock slides into a slot on the rear wheel.

Uber’s Jump bikes are all electric and dockless. They can reach up to 25km/h or 15 mph, and ride for more than 30 kilometres or 19 miles on a full charge.

Because Uber’s bikes are dockless, riders can leave them on park bikes throughout Lisbon, except on the historic neighbourhoods – Bairro Alto, Castelo, and Alfama – which are no parking zones (subject to a €25 fee).

Uber has launched Jump bikes in Lisbon on 28 February and will be offering 10 days of free rides for those willing to try out the red bikes (2 rides of up to 20 minutes each free of charge).