Vail, EagleVail and Avon Join Electric Bike Sharing Program

The cities of Vail and Avon, as well as the metropolitan district of EagleVail, announced that Drop Mobility had been selected as the supplier to provide e-bikes and software for the launch of an e-bike sharing system. which will be launched this summer called Shift Bike.

The bike-share system is designed to help local residents and employees move their commute – away from car journeys and towards e-bikes for short trips and daily commutes.

The Shift Bike system includes a fleet of 90 e-bikes and 20 hub stations in the three communities and will launch with a grand opening event at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7 at the Vail Public Library. Free burritos will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

“We are thrilled to partner with Vail and EagleVail in the first regional e-bike sharing program in the Valley,” said Avon Mayor Sarah Smith Hymes. “Avon operated a local bike share program from 2017 to 2019. This regional e-bike share program will expand the accessible area and increase options for our residents and visitors. Our residents and visitors will be able to get to Vail with barely a sweat. Additionally, improving micro-mobility transportation is a key strategy for building a sustainable transportation system by bridging the gap on first-mile and last-mile concerns for transit users.

Vail Mayor Kim Langmaid added, “Transportation is the number one contributor to greenhouse gases in Eagle County, and the regional Shift bike-sharing system is an excellent strategy to reduce emissions related to transport to help meet climate action targets of reducing emissions by 25% by 2025. , 50% by 2030 and 80% by 2050. Micro-mobility solutions such as this program e-bike sharers are one of many transportation opportunities to increase sustainable mobility options in Vail and our broader Eagle County community.

The cities of Vail, Avon and EagleVail and Drop Mobility designed the bike-share system, including selecting hub locations with community help and input, and designing pricing to complement rentals local bicycle companies and not directly compete with their rental programs.

For more information about the program, contact Beth Markham, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Vail, at 970-479-2333 or [email protected]Jim Shoun to the City of Avon at [email protected], or Steven Barber, EagleVail Metro District Manager. [email protected].

Ryan H. Bowman