Neuron to launch e-bikes in Vernon next weekend – Vernon News
Neuron Mobility will start rolling rental e-bikes on the streets of Vernon next weekend.
Electric bikes will join its popular electric scooters, which are now in their second year.
The e-bikes will launch on April 30, making Vernon the second city in Canada and the first in British Columbia to have them.
“We’re excited to be launching e-bikes in Vernon. The community has really gotten into micromobility with our e-scooters and we’re excited to be able to offer them another eco-friendly and alternative transportation option, especially with the prices of the fuel on the rise,” says Ankush Karwal, market manager at Neuron.
For the initial phase of launch, the e-bike zone will include downtown Vernon and shared lanes leading downtown.
Riders must be at least 16 years old and can reserve an e-bike through the Neuron app for the same price as an e-scooter. Three-day, weekly, and monthly passes are also available.
Helmets are mandatory and other safety features include “geofencing control” and rollover detection. A 911 emergency button feature can also detect if a passenger has fallen and help call emergency services.
A ‘Track My Ride’ feature allows passengers to share their trip online with friends and family in real time for added safety and peace of mind.
“It has been exciting to see residents and visitors adopting more sustainable modes of transportation to get around Vernon, explore the community and visit local businesses. We have received many positive responses to the use of electric scooters in our community, and we look forward to seeing the impact that could be created by increased access to rental e-bikes,” said Mayor Victor Cumming.
The Downtown Vernon Association also said they were delighted to see their arrival.
Neuron will be hosting a #ScootSafe event on April 30 as part of the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce Community Expo at Kal Tire Place North, where the public can learn more about e-bikes and their rules of riding.
Neuron launched in Canada in 2021 and also has a presence in Ottawa, Calgary, Red Deer and Lethbridge.