Ford GoBike Announces Launch of Ebikes in the East Bay
More than 500 Ford GoBike Plus ebikes will join fleet of classic bikes in Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville
Celebratory launch ride to take place Friday, December 14 at 23rd Street and Telegraph Ave. in Oakland
EAST BAY – Ford GoBike announced today it is introducing more than 500 new pedal-assist ebikes to its bike share network in the East Bay for the first time. A launch event and inaugural ride with will be held on Friday, December 14 beginning at the Ford GoBike station at 23rd Street and Telegraph Avenue in Oakland with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguin, Emeryville Mayor Ally Medina, Oakland DOT Director Ryan Russo, and representatives from Bike East Bay, Ford GoBike and Lyft.
“Ask anyone who has ridden an ebike, and they’ll tell you how exciting and transformative the ride can be,” said Ford GoBike General Manager Emily Stapleton. “The pedal-assist makes longer, uphill bike trips easier than ever, giving East Bay residents more reasons to choose bike share to get around their communities. Thank you to the Cities of Berkeley, Emeryville, and Oakland and all of our partners for working closely with us to bring ebike access to East Bay riders.”
“We are thrilled to be getting electric-assist, shared bicycles in Oakland, Berkeley, and Emeryville,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, who also serves as a commissioner on the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission. “GoBikes will be useful to people needing to go farther in less time – and with less sweat! Bikesharing already gives the Bay Area a non-polluting, affordable way to get around – but these ebikes will be useful to a wider range of people, including folks who maybe can’t pedal comfortably on their own.”
“I’m excited that Ford GoBike will soon be offering electric bikes to Berkeley and other East Bay cities,” said Berkeley Mayor Arreguin. “Ebikes will allow residents of all ages to get around town, and provide assistance up hills and over longer distances. This will help us realize our Berkeley Bike Plan goals to create a low stress biking network, and improve livability and reduce congestion.”
“Adding ebikes to the Ford GoBike system will improve and complement our existing network of active transportation options,” said Emeryville Mayor Alexandra Medina. “We are excited to have them in our community.”
“The future of mobility is shared and electric,” said OakDOT Director Ryan Russo. “Bikes like these allow Oaklanders to keep their transportation costs low and reduce costly wear and tear on our roads.”
“It benefits everyone when more people get around town by bike,” said Bike East Bay Executive Director Ginger Jui. “We know people want better options for making short trips. Putting electric bikes together with all the new bike lanes Bike East Bay has pushed for in Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville, I predict a lot of people will be surprised and delighted to discover how easy and convenient it is to ride in our cities.”
The ebikes, known as Ford GoBike Plus, feature motors that give riders a boost as they pedal, helping them to ride further and up hills with less effort. Ebikes require less physical exertion, flatten uphill trips, and offer a sweat-free ride — making cycling a more attractive option for a wider range of trip types. By making longer trips easier, ebikes can help shift travel patterns from cars to bikes.
Ford GoBike Plus bikes can be located and unlocked using the Ford GoBike app or a Clipper card and docked at any of the 127 bike share stations in Oakland, Berkeley, or Emeryville. Access to Ford GoBike Plus is included in the cost of a membership or pass. Memberships are available for $15 per month or $149 per year, with passes available at $2 for a single ride or $10 for a 24-hour access pass. Bike Share for All memberships are available to low-income residents at the discounted rate of $5 for their initial year and include unlimited rides, on ebikes or classic bikes, of up to 60 minutes.
About Ford GoBike
The Ford GoBike system is an integral part of the Bay Area’s transportation network. With more than 300 stations and 3,000 bikes on the ground across San Francisco, San Jose, Berkeley, Oakland, and Emeryville, the system has generated over two million rides since launching in June 2017. At the forefront of bikeshare innovation, the system features the popular Ford GoBike Plus ebikes to help riders easily summit Bay Area hills as well as 200 dockless bikes in North San Jose. When completed, the 7,000-bike, 546-station Ford GoBike network will be the second-largest bike share system in North America, setting new national standards in density, convenience and equity.