The buttons are gone! Bikes can now be quickly and easily unlocked using the app.
Plus, ride free in May!
In celebration of the City of Eugene bike share program’s fourth anniversary, the system is getting an upgrade: new on-bike electronics! Gone are the days of pressing finicky buttons to unlock a bike. Now, PeaceHealth Rides bikes can be rented by using the PeaceHealth Rides app to scan a QR code on the back of the bike.
Since launching on April 19, 2018, people have taken the now nonprofit-operated PeaceHealth Rides fleet of 300 bikes on more than 600,000 trips, covering over 700,000 miles, or about 3 times the distance to the moon. “PeaceHealth Rides is an integral piece of our transportation network in Eugene,” said Shane Rhodes, Transportation Options Program Manager for the City of Eugene. “We couldn’t be more excited to make it easier for people to get around by bike.”
The recently installed new electronics dramatically streamline the check-out process. Simply download the PeaceHealth Rides app to your phone, create an account, and scan the QR code on the back of the bike to unlock. Bikes can also be unlocked with an LTD Umo card. Customers can link an LTD UMO card to their PeaceHealth Rides account using the PeaceHealth Rides app. No smartphone? Interested in learning more about bike share? Cascadia Mobility staff will be available at the following bike hub locations to help people link their UMO cards and answer questions:
- 13th Ave. and Lawrence St. (near Hot Mama’s Wings.)
- Thursday, April 21st from 2-3 p.m.
- E 2nd Ave. and High St. (near Campbell Community Center.)
- Friday, April 22nd from 10 a.m. - noon
- 10th Ave. and Olive St. SE (at Eugene LTD Bus Station.)
- Wednesday, April 27th from 2-3 p.m.
Since April 2021, PeaceHealth Rides has been operated by Cascadia Mobility, a new nonprofit that hopes to expand bike share access in Eugene and Springfield.
“Between assuming operations in a pandemic, and a suboptimal rider experience with the old electronics, it’s been a challenging year for bike share,” said Brodie Hylton, Cascadia Mobility CEO. “That’s why Cascadia Mobility is so excited to see PeaceHealth Rides burst out like a blossom on a warm spring day and get ridership up and over anything we’ve seen before. With the new electronics, the rider experience is really night and day. It’s so easy to unlock a bike now.”
The new electronics have arrived just in time. May is Bike Month. To celebrate, PeaceHealth Rides will offer a full month of FREE RIDES for anyone on a Monthly plan. To redeem your free month of PeaceHealth Rides go to webikelane.org between May 1-15 and click on “Free Month of Bike Share” to get a promo code.
About PeaceHealth Rides: PeaceHealth Rides provides a network of 300 bikes in Eugene for users to pick up and drop off bikes for one-way trips across the city. The system also has a station in Springfield at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at River Bend. PeaceHealth Rides offers a healthy, convenient and fun way to explore the community. The program is a partnership between the City of Eugene, Lane Transit District, the University of Oregon and Cascadia Mobility and is sponsored by PeaceHealth. For more information, visit www.peacehealthrides.com or follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PeaceHealthRides, Instagram @PeaceHealthRides and Twitter @PeaceHealthRide.
About Cascadia Mobility: Headquartered in Eugene, Cascadia Mobility is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to provide equitable, affordable access to clean human-powered and electric transportation. Learn more at www.cascadiamobility.org.