Uber Study Claims NYC Needs 100,000 to 200,000 E-Bikes so that 4% usage can be achieved

Is Uber going to pull an Uber on bike share, too?

The company, which is lobbying the city to get into the bike-share business, says New Yorkers would take 1 million of their 26 million daily trips on dockless e-bikes — if (and it’s a big if) the city deployed 100,000 to 200,000 bikes, or roughly 10 to 20 times the current Citi Bike fleet.

At the moment, the city only lets Uber’s JUMP Bikes and other dockless bike-share companies operate in designated pilot zones outside of Citi Bike’s exclusive center-city service area. But an Uber-commissioned report by the Boston-based firm Steer suggests that those restrictions are preventing exponential growth in cycling — from just 1 percent of all daily trips to a possible 4 percent [PDF].