There are clearly more bikes on the street now than at last count posting, but I’m not sure how many. The rumor was 100 more bikes in this last week, and 100 more in the week before, but so far I’ve not been able to get anyone to confirm or deny those numbers. If true, that would make a total of 500 bikes in the region. Since the total possible is not known, we can’t say what the availability percentage is. When there were 300 bikes possible, the percentage available ranged up to 56%, but I think that staffing is now catching up with demand and the percentage available may be ranging up to 74%.
I am curious about whether there is an industry standard for the availability of bikes. Since I am pretty sure that JUMP has the vast majority of electric assist bikes in service, and none of the electric bike share systems are very old, I have not been able to find any information. It is worth remembering that electric assist bike share did not even exist in 2016, and the NACTO 2017 bike share report does not mention electric assist bikes at all. This report was released May 2018, so the next report is months away. Of the bike share systems, the only ones with electric assist, so far as I know, are JUMP (dock-optional), Motivate (which operates most of the dock systems in the US), and LimeBike (dockless). I have seen a few Ford GoBike (a Motivate system) electrics in SF, but have not had the opportunity yet to ride one.
There are a number of people returning bikes to the drop zone (green) hubs, either for the 50 cent credit or out of the goodness of their hearts, and I think that is helping keep more bikes out on the streets because it makes it easier for JUMP staff to find and load these for West Sacramento to be charged. It is more likely now that hubs will actually have bikes available because charged bikes are being returned to hubs more frequently.
I was out last night returning low battery bikes to hubs (in between beers), and I saw about 80 bikes in use in various parts of the central city. I also saw ‘in repair’ (low battery) bikes being picked up by JUMP staff at the 17th & R drop zone, at about 10:00 at night, so there is real effort now to keep up with charging.
A caveat about all counts: These counts are done by hand by Dan, and Matt who is now helping, and of course they will not be 100% accurate. In fact, in the time it takes to count the bikes in the app, the numbers have changed, particularly at those times of day when a lot of bikes are in motion, commute hours and going out in the evening hours.
- Sacramento: 207 bikes, 94 in hub and 113 out of hub
- West Sacramento: 57 bikes, 35 in hub and 22 out of hub
- Davis: 50 bikes, 21 in hub and 29 out of hub
- Total: 316 bikes
- Sacramento: 248 bikes, 125 in hub and 123 out of hub
- West Sacramento: 59 bikes, 29 in hub, 30 out of hub
- Davis: 58 bikes, 20 in hub, 38 out of hub
- Total: 369 bikes (this is the largest number available that we have seen to date)
- Sacramento: 187 bikes, 94 in hub and 93 out of hub
- West Sacramento: 50 bikes, 33 in hub and 17 out of hub
- Davis: 67 bikes, 26 in hub and 41 out of hub
- Total: 304 bikes
- Sacramento: 108 bikes, 46 in hub and 62 out of hub
- West Sacramento: 33 bikes, 23 in hub and 10 out of hub
- Davis: 52 bikes, 17 in hub and 35 out of hub
- Total: 193 bikes (this afternoon low probably indicates both bikes in motion and ones that are ‘in repair’ low battery)
- Sacramento: 127 bikes, 76 in hub and 51 out of hub
- West Sacramento: 32 bikes, 15 in hub and 17 out of hub
- Davis: 55 bikes, 21 in hub and 34 out of hub
- Total: 215 bikes
- Sacramento: 162 bikes, 62 in hub and 100 out of hub
- West Sacramento: 37 bikes, 19 in hub and 18 out of hub
- Davis: 30 bikes, 17 in hub and 13 out of hub
- Total: 229 bikes
- Sacramento: 155 bikes, 75 in hub and 80 out of hub
- West Sacramento: 35 bikes, 16 in hub and 19 out of hub
- Davis: 45 bikes, 11 in hub and 34 out of hub
- Total: 240 bikes (this is the first count that I think indicates the total bikes are now above 300)