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  • Electric-assisted bikes expected to boost El Paso's SunCycle bike-share ridership

    by Vic Kolenc | Aug 02,2019
    Vic Kolenc
    El Paso Times
    August 1st 2019

    BRIANA SANCHEZ / EL PASO TIMES

    Officials with El Paso's almost 4-year-old, government-owned SunCycle Bike Share Program expect to attract more riders with the addition of electric-assisted bicycles.

    The official launch of the white, so-called e-bikes was Thursday, when 12 of SunCyle's 16 electric bikes were added to its fleet of 160 regular, red bikes. Four e-bikes have been in operation for about two weeks as a test.  

    "We're anticipating that the e-bikes will continue to improve ridership after a wonderful spring" of increasing ridership, said Cesar Martinez, SunCycle operations director. His company, Mesilla Pedicab, operates the bike-share system for the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority, the El Paso-area government agency which developed and owns SunCycle.

    Other bike-share programs in Omaha and Madison, Wisconsin, saw ridership increases after they launched the e-bikes, Martinez said.

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    Raymond Telles, executive director of the Camino Real authority, and Martinez said the e-bikes should help draw more riders because they are easier to ride longer distances than the program's regular bikes, and are easier to ride up the large hills near Downtown and in the UTEP area where the bicycles operate.

    The e-bikes operate with a small, silent, battery-operated motor next to the pedals that makes peddling easier, Martinez said. The motor only works if the bicycle is being pedaled, he said.

    The new e-bikes cost $2,400 each, or $38,400 for the 16 added to the SunCyle fleet.

    Article Link:
    https://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/2019/08/01/electric-bikes-to-boost-el-paso-ride-sharing-service/1880459001/

  • Llegan al Centro las bicicletas eléctricas

    by Alyssa Cardona | Aug 02,2019
    Alyssa Cardona
    El Diario de El Paso
    August 1st 2019
    El Diario - Alyssa Cardona

    Aunque utilizan un motor para impulsarse, estos vehículos requieren el movimiento de los pies para operar

    Con el propósito de reducir el uso de los automóviles y fomentar una manera de transporte más divertida, fueron presentadas en el Centro las bicicletas eléctricas de renta que llegan a esta ciudad.

    El viernes por la mañana a las afueras del Teatro Plaza y frente a una alfombra roja se dieron cita distintos miembros del programa Sun Cycle Bike Share y oficialmente inauguraron la adición de bic

    El viernes por la mañana a las afueras del Teatro Plaza y frente a una alfombra roja se dieron cita distintos miembros del programa Sun Cycle Bike Share y oficialmente inauguraron la adición de bicicletas eléctricas, conocidas como ‘e-bikes’. 

    La organización que introdujo hace unos años el concepto de bicicletas compartidas ahora innova con la llegada de 16 que utilizan un motor eléctrico. Eso no las exenta de tener que pedalear, aunque esto se hace de una manera leve.

    César Martínez, quien funge como director de Operaciones del programa de bicicletas, dijo sentirse sumamente orgulloso de poder presentar esta innovación de tecnología que se hizo especialmente para la comunidad de la frontera. 

    “Anteriormente ya teníamos un sistema con el cual estamos a punto de cumplir 4 años, pero el poder crear un crecimiento de lo que son las bicicletas eléctricas nos hace sentir muy orgullosos″, compartió Martínez. 

    Las ‘e-bikes’ forman una parte importante del crecimiento del transporte móvil en la ciudad ya que se añaden a las ya existentes bicicletas rojas que se encuentran en distintos puntos de la ciudad como Sunset Heights, el Distrito de Entretenimiento Cincinatti y en el Centro de El Paso, entre otros.

    En su totalidad se cuenta con 15 puntos a lo largo de las zonas destinadas.   

    “Creo que a la gente realmente les van a encantar las bicicletas ya que se manejan de una manera muy fácil porque prácticamente hacen el trabajo por ti, sólo tienes que presionar el botón de encendido y comenzar a pedalear, puedes sentir cómo el motor es muy suave″, dijo Rodrigo Gutiérrez, quien también funge como mecánico de las bicicletas.

    Todo aquel que desee rentar una bicicleta lo podrá hacer por medio de la aplicación móvil SunCycle, que también cuenta con información de las localidades específicas para rentar las ‘e-bikes’ y el costo es de 6 dólares por los primeros 30 minutos y 2 dólares por media hora adicional. 

    También existen programas de membresías que cubren –por diferentes períodos de tiempo– la primera media hora diaria para usuarios frecuentes.

    “Creo que es muy importante saber que nos estamos siempre reinventando y mejorando”, dijo Eric Pearson, presidente de El Paso Community Foundation, que impulsa el programa.

     acardona@diariousa.com




    Article Link:
    https://diario.mx/el-paso/llegan-al-centro-las-bicicletas-electricas-20190801-1546200.html
  • Electric Bikes are now available in the Borderland

    by Nick Patrick | Aug 02,2019
    Nick Patrick

    KVIA
    August 1st 2019

    The sun-cycle bike share program in El Paso unveiled a dozen new electric bikes today.

    The new E-Bikes come with some new technology like pedal-assist, that helps power the bike easier.

    This allows riders to travel more quickly, up greater inclines and farther than ever before.

    The new e-bikes are being added to SunCycle’s existing fleet of classic red bikes and will provide one more way to move between downtown and uptown destinations.

    The release of the new e-bikes coincides with the El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival. Riders can use the SunCycle app to find and choose between the classic red bikes and the new e-bikes in rotation at all 15 SunCycle bike share stations found between Downtown, Sunset Heights, the Cincinnati Entertainment District and beyond.

    Article Link:
    https://www.kvia.com/news/el-paso/electiric-bikes-are-now-available-in-the-borderland/1102619514
  • Electric bicycles officially in rotation at bike-sharing stations

    by Tatiana Favela | Aug 02,2019
    Tatiana Favela
    KTSM
    August 1st 2019

    EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – El Pasoans are getting a new way to ride around Downtown El Paso with the help of some technology. 

    “If you remember how to ride a bike, you’re going to do just well,” Cesar Martinez, Operations Manager for SunCycle Bike Share said. 

    SunCycle Bike Share introduced new electronic bicycles to the sun city to ride onward and upward.

    “This technology does require you to press a power button. But the truth of the matter is you’re the motor,” Martinez explained, “Pedaling is the most important thing, it’s a pedal assist device that requires you go ahead and give us a forward motion and it’s just going to assist you in operating and moving the bike forward. Help you going up some inclines, or going farther distances.”

    There are currently a total of 16 new e-bikes which are part of the existing bike-share system. That means you can find them spread out at the 15 bike stations between the Cincinnati Entertainment District to Downtown.

    “This is a really good synergy because if you don’t like to pedal you have the opportunity to take advantage of a little cruise control and cruise around. Open your eyes and see all of the beautiful activities going on around Downtown especially the world’s largest Classic Film Festival,” Eric Pearson, CEO/President of the El Paso Community Foundation said.

    The price is still the same which is $6 for 30 minutes and an additional $2 per additional half-hour. That’s if you don’t a membership.

    As Downtown El Paso continues to evolve, Pearson shared now is the right time to introduce the e-bikes for El Pasoans to enjoy, “I think it’s really important to know that we are always re-inventing ourselves and always improving. There are so many capital projects. We’re surrounded by cranes and building. This is a place that is constantly improving itself and this is just another step.”

    SunCycle said it looks forward to continue adding more e-bikes in the future to add to its bike-share stations.

    Article Link:
    https://www.ktsm.com/news/electric-bicycles-officially-in-rotation-at-bike-sharing-stations/

  • New e-bikes added to fleet in downtown El Paso

    by Jamel Valencia | Aug 02,2019
    "Electric" e-bikes (Credit: KFOX14/CBS4)






    "Electric" e-bikes (Credit: KFOX14/CBS4)


    Jamel Valencia
    KFOX, CBS, and KTXS 12
    August 1st 2019

    EL PASO, Texas (KFOX14/CBS4) — "Electric" is the new motorized ride people can travel on in downtown El Paso.

    The new line, "Electric," of e-bikes were added to the front of the Plaza Theatre Thursday morning.

    They came in just in time for the start of the Plaza Classic Film Festival.

    The e-bikes were revealed with a red-carpet premiere.

    Riders can use the SunCycle app to find the new e-bikes.

    They will be in rotation at all 15 SunCycle bike share stations along with the red bikes already in place. 

    The new e-bicycle makes it easier for riders who want to enjoy the sights.

    "If you don't want to pedal, you have an opportunity to ride in style," said Eric Pearson president of the El Paso Community Foundation.

    The stations can be found between Downtown, Sunset Heights and the Cincinnati Entertainment District.

    The film festival runs Aug. 1 to Aug. 11.

    Article Link:
    https://kfoxtv.com/news/local/new-e-bikes-added-to-fleet-in-downtown-el-paso
    https://ktxs.com/news/texas/new-e-bikes-added-to-fleet-in-downtown-el-paso
    https://cbs4local.com/news/local/new-e-bikes-added-to-fleet-in-downtown-el-paso

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