First they need to figure out how to keep them charged since they can't keep most of their e-bike fleet charged right now. More charging stations, and some sort of incentive to dock an e-bike at a charging station would help immensely.
I'm noticing that the few electric bikeshare bicycles out there seem to be used by food couriers these days. I guess they look for the bikes, and hope no one else rides away with them when they're making a delivery (or do they lock them?)
Haha I actually noticed one in front of my building last week, and I was tempted to take it since they're so hard to find!
Couriers use the e-bikes even during the summer.My thinking is that they are taking advantage of the low demand during the winter months.
During the summer time, whenever I used an electric bike, I would check the app and usually without fail, within 5 minutes of parking the e-bike someone else had already taken it.
The one time I got an e-bike I rode it from downtown to deep in Etobicoke. I'm not ashamed to say that I still needed some docking for that trip.The system could be set to lock the ebike to its current user the next time it’s docked. So, you get one ebike use per day.
I think this is the right idea. My guess is that if you model e-bike usage you’ll see a small percentage of users racking up most of the rides, and probably an order of magnitude more than the median.I'd prefer something like no more than 5 or 7 uses per day and bring back escalating overage fees and make them accrue for the entire day as opposed to per trip.
You may want to escalate the fees just enough and not cap uses so that you can pump more revenue into the system from these super users without causing their usage to fall off a cliff (I think it’s good that couriers are using bikes instead of cars, for example).
FWIW, Citibike in NYC has per-minute premium on e-bike usage. But you also don’t see couriers use Citibike ebikes because of the availability of tons of private e-bike companies that rent out to delivery drivers.