In light of growing concerns around COVID-19, Wheels has chosen to pause its pedal-less e-bike operations till the end of March, the business announced today.
” After weighing the benefits and drawbacks, we’ve decided that the very best strategy is to temporarily stop deploying bikes until completion of March and to review this then,” the company stated in an announcement today. “To be clear, we highly believe that micromobility in basic, and Wheels in particular, is in a distinct position to help our communities get through the current difficulties. This momentary pause will assist place us to deliver on that, and we will be announcing some amazing news on that front in the extremely near future.”
Wheels is not the very first micromobility startup to pause operations during this pandemic. Yesterday, Lime paused its operations in a handful of markets, citing issues about the coronavirus Spin, on the other hand, has actually chosen to keep running since it sees its vehicles as a way to help individuals run their essential errands during San Francisco’s shelter-in-place order
Wheels arrived at its choice after concerning terms with the truth that while numerous riders stated they prefer Wheels over public transport or ridesharing, it was necessary to safeguard its field group and “do everything we can to restrict the spread of the virus,” the business stated. Additionally, Wheels said it was worried some riders weren’t using the cars for important functions.
At the end of the month, Wheels prepares to review its decision and see what the next finest actions are. In the meantime, Wheels will no longer be operating in Los Angeles, San Diego, Miami, Orlando, Tallahassee, Dallas, Austin, Atlanta, Cleveland, Salt Lake City, Scottsdale, Tempe, Stockholm, Madrid and Basel.