Dayton will allow a new fleet of electric bikes to go faster and farther
Dayton’s novel new way to get around is coming this spring, when the same group that brought bike-sharing to the city unveiled the next generation of transportation: electric bikes.
Over 100 new electric bikes are expected to be launched in the coming months, allowing cyclists to reach faster speeds, climb hills and travel longer distances with less effort.Link will continue to rent out its 225 traditional green pedal bikes, but will refit them as the bike-sharing program switches to a new, entirely app-based system.Link will replace its 27 bike stops with new bike racks, or hubs, and plans to expand its network with new hub locations.Link will be temporarily shut down March 22 to prepare for the launch of e-Assist bikes powered by Drop Mobility, inc.
"We just want people to know that e-bikes are coming and their fun, just follow all the details of how to use them," said Laura Estandia, executive director of Bikes Miami Valley, which is a link partner.
Link began renting green pedal bikes in Dayton in May 2015.The group started with 24 bicycle stops, but expanded its network to 27 by the next year.Since its release, Link Rider has traveled more than 140,000 times, and the system has served more than 19,000 unique users.This spring, Link will launch a new electric bike called eLink.The white bike's battery lasts about 30 to 35 miles on a charge and delivers an electric power boost of 15 miles per hour.
On an e-bike, Estandia says, cyclists will almost certainly be willing to travel longer than a standard Link pedal bike because it costs less energy and works electronically.Estandia says she hopes the bikes will lead to more use of the outer wheel.Many stations are in and around the city centre.But As far north as Link's station is in the neighborhood of Grafton Hill, as far south as Pine Club and Ben&Jerry's, near the Oakwood border.In the west, there is a station in the Wright Dunbar Business district.The easternmost station is on Mount St. Anne.
Link plans to replace its vendor with Canadian-based Drop Mobility and replace its site with a new bike rack.The group also plans to add new centers this summer.The last day of the Link tour on the existing system is March 21.Link's current system allows people to use credit cards to rent bikes at stops.Soon, Link will be entirely application-based.Customers will use a mobile app to scan the password on the bike or manually type in the phone number to unlock the ride.
Standard bikes and e-bikes must be locked on the bike rack.The eLink bike has wheels and cable locks.The check-in process will require locking the cable.Customers can also purchase 90 - or 12-month travel passes and memberships.
Link's current annual and monthly bike-sharing membership will be transferred to the new system when it launches this spring.Estandia said she hopes to increase the number of riders after the debut of e-bikes because they are an easy way to get to meetings, appointments, drinks or food."It's like riding a bike, except you have this booster to help you," Estandia says.Dayton already has electric scooters, which went on sale in August and were an immediate hit.In the weeks after Spin hit Dayton's driveway, the company's local fleet doubled.The electric scooter, which can travel at 15 miles per hour, is temporarily on hold but is expected to return soon.
Dayton's modes of transportation continue to evolve.Other recent additions include ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft, which were launched in late 2014 and 2016, respectively.In 2018, the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority launched a free downtown shuttle service called The Flyer.