The Ford GoBike Plus Is Live In San Francisco
Ford GoBike launched a new motorized bicycle service Tuesday with the rollout of 250 electric bikes across San Francisco. Each bike features an electric motor, battery, and a top speed of 18MPH.
The company has been noted by some officials for going the extra mile to work within the law: It obtained permits to place its 123 “docks” in San Francisco after negotiating an exclusivity contract with the Bay Area to provide dock-using rental bikes, instead of letting riders scatter them on sidewalks.
“Shared electric bikes can be the next step in San Francisco’s mobility future, creating a gateway to get even more people on two wheels,” said Ed Reiskin, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency director of transportation, in a statement. “As a convenient and safe way to get around town, shared electric bikes will make our hilly neighborhoods more accessible and longer bike rides less daunting for everyone.”
The bikes can be legally used in a city’s bicycle lanes and are available for anyone to rent. These rentals are offered through the Ford GoBike app; individuals in San Francisco can use their Clipper card, too. Users have the option of buying a single ride, an Access Pass, or a 3-Day Pass.
The pilot program is limited to 250 bikes in San Francisco right now, but Ford plans to expand into the other Bay Area cities in the future, eventually launching 2,500 bikes with more in the pipeline.