Richmond e-bikeshare program unveils membership pricing, eyes new hubs

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Richmond's e-bikeshare program launches membership pricing, eyes new hubs
Photo by Kathy Chouteau.

Richmond is rolling out a new membership pricing model for its recently relaunched electric bikeshare service and is also surveying residents on possible locations for the installation of two new bike hubs.

The Today e-bikeshare service’s new membership structure, which launches Monday, May 20, includes options for Pay As You Go ($1 to unlock your ride and then 20 cents per minute); Daily Rider Pass ($2 a day buys two 15-minute rides, with subsequent usage charged at 20 cents per minute); Monthly Explorer Pass (two 30-minute riders per day at $80 per month); and Monthly Commuter Pass (80 per month allows four 15-minute rides per day).

To celebrate the new membership model, Today is offering a complimentary single-use $5 rider credit. To access this credit, use code PRESS24. 

Also, the city is offering a limited number of free monthly memberships to residents of Iron Triangle, Sante Fe and Coronado, courtesy of the Richmond Rising initiative, a $35 million state grant that aims to improve emissions and mobility in the Iron Triangle, Coronado and Sante Fe neighborhoods. Those who qualify can contact [email protected] to learn more about this opportunity.

The city is also expanding the system with two new hubs as part of the Richmond Rising initiative. Residents are asked to choose among five locations in the survey: near Coronado Elementary (19th street & Main Avenue); Marina Way South on Wellness Trail (cross street: Hoffman); Cutting Boulevard at South 2nd Street; Richmond Greenway Trail at 8th Street.

Today E-bikeshare launched with over 40 bikes across seven stations in February. The service was implemented in the wake of a tumultuous earlier rollout of ebikeshare service in the city, during which Bolt Mobility abruptly went out of business and abandoned its bikes. A subsequent attempt to revive the service with Charleston Mobility failed, as well, as detailed in the Grandview Independent.