Capital Bikeshare to debut electric bikes

Updated: Aug. 18, 2018 at 12:21 p.m.

Electric vehicles have taken the District by storm – and Capital Bikeshare is hopping on the bandwagon.

The District Department of Transportation announced on Twitter Monday that Capital Bikeshare will add electric bicycles to its fleet. The new bicycles will be the second of their kind in the District, second to Uber’s JUMP bikes, WUSA9 reported Tuesday.

The announcement did not specify how many electric bikes will be available or when they will be released.

Colin Tooze, a spokesman for Uber and JUMP, said electric bikes help riders travel up and down hills.

“If you live in Columbia Heights and work downtown, the bikes can make for an easier commute,” Tooze told WUSA9.

The announcement also accompanies Capital Bikeshare’s newly unveiled “Bike Angels” program, which rewards riders for taking bikes from crowded stations to less congested ones.

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