2020 is the year of electric bikes

When our iCities team was in Lisbon in 2019, they found a real “occupation” of the streets of the Portuguese capital by Jump’s electric bikes, an Uber brand that was bought by Lime last July. But we had no idea how far the so-called e-bikes modal would reach this year – with some acquisitions and operations being anticipated to the initial 2021 schedule.

As part of strategies to minimize the impacts caused by the pandemic in the ride-sharing sector by apps, Uber itself has diversified its service portfolio, which started with Uber Eats (today they deliver products from pharmacies, convenience stores and even pet shops, in addition to delivery of food and drinks) and already includes bicycles and electric scooters.

One of Jump’s facilities was precisely this: the app was the same as Uber’s, without the need to download another platform, register the collection data again or check the rates. Everything was interconnected, in a practical and safe way. For tourists, mainly, it ends up being quite a differential.

Jump’s electric bike was integrated directly into the Uber app (Press Release / Uber)

In a recent interview with NeoFeed, the director general of Uber’s Brazilian operation, Claudia Woods, confirmed that some plans initially planned for the beginning of 2021 are already taking to the streets in the second half of this year.

“Uber has always worked with the concept of platform and of being the operating system of cities. The need that people have for things to come to them has changed from water to wine in the pandemic ”, said the director, emphasizing that the hitchhiker service has dropped as much as 80% in some cities in Brazil due to social isolation.

Supermarkets, buses and subways

Other areas in which Uber works may surprise the reader, such as the supermarket delivery sector: purchased last year, the Chilean startup Cornershop was integrated into the company’s main app. With operations in 11 Brazilian cities, it has partnerships with major retail names such as Carrefour, Big and Sam’s Club.

The most curious thing, however, is the operation of Uber with public transport in some North American cities. This is done through consultations that inform the bus and subway routes, and also with the payment of tickets through the Uber application. In other cases, its technology can be used by the city to manage the public network, within the perspective of smart cities for data sharing.

Delivery E-bikes

IFood, in turn, opened in São Paulo at the beginning of October, in partnership with Tembici, the iFood Pedal project, aimed at deliverers using exclusive electric bikes. The iFood Pedal Support Point space, in the Pinheiros neighborhood, and the Pedal Responsa digital course were also created, with training and awareness content created by the Aromeiazero Institute, a non-profit organization whose motto is the social use of bicycles.

One of the novelties of the project is the availability of pedal-assisted e-bikes: the engine is started when the bicycle is pedaled, without accelerator, making the bicycle lighter. With a speed limited to 25 km / h, the battery has a range of 60 km. The project started on a pilot basis, with the evaluation of possible improvements and new solutions, and has few deliveries so far.

The goal of the iFood Pedal is to reach up to 500 bikes on the streets of São Paulo by the end of the year.

E-bikes are yet another electric mode that brings the sustainable advantages that we have been addressing when we talk about smart city strategies applied to urban mobility. Innovations and investments in the segment will also depend on the adhesion of users (delivery personnel) and consumers, in search of new ways to get around the cities.

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*Beto Marcelino, biweekly columnist of TecMundo, is an agronomist, founding partner and director of government relations at iCities, the company that organizes the Smart City Expo Curitiba, the largest event in Brazil on smart cities with the seal of FIRA Barcelona.

When our iCities team was in Lisbon in 2019, they found a real “occupation” of the streets of the Portuguese capital by Jump’s electric bikes, an Uber brand that was bought by Lime last July. But we had no idea how far the so-called e-bikes modal would reach this year – with some acquisitions and operations being anticipated to the initial 2021 schedule.
As part of strategies to minimize the impacts caused by the pandemic in the ride-sharing sector by apps, Uber itself has diversified its service portfolio, which started with Uber Eats (today they deliver products from pharmacies, convenience stores and even pet shops, in addition to delivery of food and drinks) and already includes bicycles and electric scooters.
One of Jump’s facilities was precisely this: the app was the same as Uber’s, without the need to download another platform, register the collection data again or check the rates. Everything was interconnected, in a practical and safe way. For tourists, mainly, it ends up being quite a differential.
In a recent interview with NeoFeed, the director general of Uber’s Brazilian operation, Claudia Woods, confirmed that some plans initially planned for the beginning of 2021 are already taking to the streets in the second half of this year. “Uber has always worked with the concept of platform and of being the operating system of cities. The need that people have for things to come to them has changed from water to wine in the pandemic ”, said the director, emphasizing that the hitchhiker service has dropped as much as 80% in some cities in Brazil due to social isolation.
Supermarkets, buses and subways
Other areas in which Uber works may surprise the reader, such as the supermarket delivery sector: purchased last year, the Chilean startup Cornershop was integrated into the company’s main app. With operations in 11 Brazilian cities, it has partnerships with major retail names such as Carrefour, Big and Sam’s Club.
The most curious thing, however, is the operation of Uber with public transport in some North American cities. This is done through consultations that inform the bus and subway routes, and also with the payment of tickets through the Uber application. In other cases, its technology can be used by the city to manage the public network, within the perspective of smart cities for data sharing.
Delivery E-bikes
IFood, in turn, opened in São Paulo at the beginning of October, in partnership with Tembici, the iFood Pedal project, aimed at deliverers using exclusive electric bikes. The iFood Pedal Support Point space, in the Pinheiros neighborhood, and the Pedal Responsa digital course were also created, with training and awareness content created by the Aromeiazero Institute, a non-profit organization whose motto is the social use of bicycles.
One of the novelties of the project is the availability of pedal-assisted e-bikes: the engine is started when the bicycle is pedaled, without accelerator, making the bicycle lighter. With a speed limited to 25 km / h, the battery has a range of 60 km.
The project started on a pilot basis, with the evaluation of possible improvements and new solutions, and has few deliveries so far. But the goal of the iFood Pedal is to reach up to 500 bikes on the streets of São Paulo by the end of the year.
E-bikes are yet another electric mode that brings the sustainable advantages that we have been addressing when we talk about smart city strategies applied to urban mobility. Innovations and investments in the segment will also depend on the adhesion of users (delivery personnel) and consumers, in search of new ways to get around the cities.

* Beto Marcelino is an agronomist, founding partner and director of government relations at iCities, the company that organizes the Smart City Expo Curitiba, the largest event in Brazil on smart cities with the seal of FIRA Barcelona.

When our iCities team was in Lisbon in 2019, they found a real “occupation” of the streets of the Portuguese capital by Jump’s electric bikes, an Uber brand that was bought by Lime last July. But we had no idea how far the so-called e-bikes modal would reach this year – with some acquisitions and operations being anticipated to the initial 2021 schedule.
As part of strategies to minimize the impacts caused by the pandemic in the ride-sharing sector by apps, Uber itself has diversified its service portfolio, which started with Uber Eats (today they deliver products from pharmacies, convenience stores and even pet shops, in addition to delivery of food and drinks) and already includes bicycles and electric scooters.
One of Jump’s facilities was precisely this: the app was the same as Uber’s, without the need to download another platform, register the collection data again or check the rates. Everything was interconnected, in a practical and safe way. For tourists, mainly, it ends up being quite a differential.
In a recent interview with NeoFeed, the director general of Uber’s Brazilian operation, Claudia Woods, confirmed that some plans initially planned for the beginning of 2021 are already taking to the streets in the second half of this year. “Uber has always worked with the concept of platform and of being the operating system of cities. The need that people have for things to come to them has changed from water to wine in the pandemic ”, said the director, emphasizing that the hitchhiker service has dropped as much as 80% in some cities in Brazil due to social isolation.
Supermarkets, buses and subways
Other areas in which Uber works may surprise the reader, such as the supermarket delivery sector: purchased last year, the Chilean startup Cornershop was integrated into the company’s main app. With operations in 11 Brazilian cities, it has partnerships with major retail names such as Carrefour, Big and Sam’s Club.
The most curious thing, however, is the operation of Uber with public transport in some North American cities. This is done through consultations that inform the bus and subway routes, and also with the payment of tickets through the Uber application. In other cases, its technology can be used by the city to manage the public network, within the perspective of smart cities for data sharing.
Delivery E-bikes
IFood, in turn, opened in São Paulo at the beginning of October, in partnership with Tembici, the iFood Pedal project, aimed at deliverers using exclusive electric bikes. The iFood Pedal Support Point space, in the Pinheiros neighborhood, and the digital Pedal Responsa course were also created, with training and awareness content created by the Aromeiazero Institute, a non-profit organization whose motto is the social use of bicycles.
One of the novelties of the project is the availability of pedal-assisted e-bikes: the engine is started when the bicycle is pedaled, without accelerator, making the bicycle lighter. With a speed limited to 25 km / h, the battery has a range of 60 km.
The project started on a pilot basis, with the evaluation of possible improvements and new solutions, and has few deliveries so far. But the goal of the iFood Pedal is to reach up to 500 bikes on the streets of São Paulo by the end of the year.
E-bikes are another electric modality that brings the sustainable advantages that we have been addressing when we talk about smart city strategies applied to urban mobility. Innovations and investments in the segment will also depend on the adhesion of users (deliverers) and consumers, in search of new ways to get around cities.

* Beto Marcelino is an agronomist, founding partner and director of government relations at iCities, the company that organizes the Smart City Expo Curitiba, the largest event in Brazil on smart cities with the seal of FIRA Barcelona.

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