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The Town of Vail recently issued the following press release on the expansion of the Shift Bike electric bike (e-bike) share program throughout Eagle County:
Town of Vail is excited to announce the expansion of the Shift Bike electric bike (e-bike) share program, aimed at providing even more convenient and eco-friendly transportation options in the community. Town of Vail, Town of Avon, EagleVail Metro District, Edwards Metro District, and Eagle County Government have partnered together with Drop Mobility to offer Shift Bike for a second year. The e-bike share system is designed to help residents and employees shift their ride – away from car trips and on to e-bikes for short trips and daily commutes. So, shift your ride this summer and join the over 3,000 riders reducing their vehicle miles across Vail, EagleVail, Avon and now Edwards.
Single-occupancy vehicles, such as small cars and trucks, account for 42% of Eagle County’s greenhouse gas emissions. In an effort to reduce this climate pollution, the Eagle County Climate Action Plan established recommended actions, including:
The Shift Bike program incorporates these recommendations by giving people the opportunity to get out of their cars and onto e-bikes, utilizing the growing Eagle Valley Trail for a more fun and scenic commute in Eagle County.
The expanded Shift Bike system includes a fleet of 155 e-bikes and 33 hub stations from East Vail to West Edwards and launches June 2. A launch event is scheduled for Friday, June 2, from 4 – 6 p.m. outside the Mountain Rec Edwards Field House at Freedom Park. Complimentary tacos and quesadillas from La Patrona Taqueria will be available on a first come, first served basis. E-bike deployment will continue throughout the weekend.
The partner communities worked with Drop Mobility to design the e-bike share system, including selecting the expanded hub station locations with the help and input of the community, and designing pricing to compliment local bike rentals and not directly compete with their rental programs. The Shift Bike website includes education on the difference between the Shift Bike share program, intended for short trips (under an hour) commuting, running errands, and attending social events around and between towns, and bike rental programs. The website includes a list of all bike shops in the participating communities with rental programs to make it convenient for those looking for e-bikes for longer excursions and recreational rides.
The pricing structure of Shift Bike encourages short trips and offers monthly and seasonal memberships for locals who live, work, or own property in Eagle County and has an equity program for income qualified residents. Membership pricing is as follows.
Shift Bike is offering a 25% early bird discount on season memberships through June 18. There is also a Pay as You Go rate of $3 to unlock the bike, including 30 minutes of ride time and 40 cents per minute thereafter. For a rider to end a ride and stop associated charges, the Shift Bikes must be returned and properly docked at one of hub locations identified on the Shift Bike app.
For more information on pricing and to download the app (available in English and Spanish) visit https://shift-bike.com/.
For more information on the program, contact Beth Markham, Town of Vail Environmental Sustainability Manager, at email@example.com, Jim Shoun, Town of Avon Transit Superintendent at firstname.lastname@example.org, Steven Barber EagleVail Metro District Manager at email@example.com, or Kate Kirkman, Eagle County Climate Programs Coordinator for Eagle County at firstname.lastname@example.org.