Pedal-assist electric bikes are coming to a Berkeley docking station near you. And they’re likely to be popular. In San Francisco, e-bikes get roughly three times as many rides as regular pedal bikes.
Despite clear qualms, the Berkeley City Council said yes Tuesday to a staff proposal to bring shared electric scooters to Berkeley in 2019.
Electric-assist bikes are in San Francisco but you won’t be seeing them in Berkeley or Oakland for a while due to a deal struck with Ford GoBike’s parent company Motivate.
Neighboring cities have them, and shared scooters are being ridden and parked around Berkeley, but they are not technically permitted to be in the city.
Wonder where rival bike, e-bike and scooter companies are? Berkeley’s requirements make operating tougher than in other cities.
Berkeley-born LimeBike launches pilot programs for its dockless, shareable bikes in the East Bay