Uber scooters giving free rides till January 9, 2019

Uber's JUMP dockless scooter

Uber uses the moniker ‘JUMP’ for its bike and scooter service. And both JUMP bikes and scooters are getting free rides and helmets through Jan. 9, 2019. Riders can get up to five, 30-minute rides per day. Scooters will then cost $1 to unlock and $0.10 a minute after the free rides have been used.

Uber’s JUMP e-scooters work by reserving and unlocking them using the Uber app, via a small icon “switch” at the top of the Uber app screen. If there are no Jump devices near the users, the option to reserve bikes/scooters is not shown to the user. Confusing decision by Uber, if it wanted to bring greater awareness of bikes and scooters to its user base.

The new Uber scooters also bear a similar resemblance to competing Lime scooters, though instead sporting a red and black color scheme.

San Diego is the fourth city to receive the company’s scooter service. Just last month, Uber introduced JUMP bicycles to San Diego, adding about 300 bikes to the city’s plentiful dockless transportation options. These red e-bikes were spotted in Hillcrest last month, as reported by BikeSD: https://bikesd.org/news/free-jump-ebike-rides-through-december-9-2018/