RTC Bike Share is thrilled to announce the launch of the new electric bike pilot program! Starting on
March 4 until March 18, 2019, a limited number of shared electric pedal-assist bikes will be available to
the general public, joining the existing 180 bikes in the RTC Bike Share fleet.
If you really, really like the electric bikes, let us know on social media by tagging @RTCSNV and
Just like our RTC Bike Share classic bikes, you will want to follow all the rules of the road! Be sure to visit
our Safe Riding Rules page to learn how you can make your RTC Bike Share experience even better.
Go For A Ride Today
How to find electric bikes. You can find an RTC Bike Share station that has electric bikes available by visiting the RTC Bike Share website Station Map or the BCycle mobile app and looking for a green lightning bolt symbol on the station icon. For the duration of the pilot, there is no additional cost associated with using RTC Electric Bikes. Pending availability, you will be able to check out an electric bike the same way you check out any other RTC Bike Share bike, regardless of which pass type you have.
Electric pedal-assist motor. The RTC Electric Bike is powered by a pedal-assist motor that allows you to ride up to 17mph with an electric "boost." This is perfect for overcoming elevation obstacles, shortening your commute, or just covering more ground!
Easy-to-find power button. Turn on the
electric assist by pressing the power
button on the display located on the
handlebars. Make sure the bike is at a
standstill before you press the power
button, or else it won’t turn on! When
you’re finished riding, dock at any RTC Bike
Share stations and you're good to go!
Have More Questions? We’ve Got Answers!
How is an RTC Electric Bike different from an RTC Bike Share classic bike?
How do I find and check out an RTC Electric Bike?
You can find an RTC Bike Share station that has electric bikes available by visiting the RTC Bike Share website Station Map or the BCycle mobile app and looking for a green lightning bolt symbol on the station icon.
You can use your RTC membership card, phone number look-up, credit card look-up or BCycle mobile app to check out an RTC Electric Bike, the same way you check out any other RTC Bike Share bike.
How long will the RTC Electric Bikes be available?
The RTC is currently pilot testing the electric bikes and will be available from March 4 through March 18, 2019. This is a short pilot and the bikes will travel to another city for testing there.
How fast does the RTC Electric Bike go?
RTC Electric Bikes provide pedal assistance up to a speed of 17 miles per hour. The motor in the electric bike only provides assistance when you pedal.
How long does the battery last, and what happens if the battery dies?
The battery life of an electric bike depends on many factors including terrain, riding style, temperature, the weight of the rider and any cargo being transported. On average, a full charge will allow RTC Electric Bikes to travel about 30 miles before they need to be recharged.
RTC Electric Bikes show you on their display how much total battery life remains.
If the battery on an electric bike dies, the motor will stop providing pedal assistance. The light on the bike will still function and you will still be able to shift gears, dock, undock, brake, and pedal like normal. The motor does not add noticeable drag when turned off.
What do I do if an RTC Electric Bike runs out of battery while I am riding?
You can either finish your ride or dock the bike at the closest station and undock another bike.
How old do I have to be to ride an RTC Electric Bike?
Currently, the Nevada Department of Transportation requires a minimum age of 16 to operate an electric-assist bicycle. Therefore, riders must be at least 16 years old to check out an RTC Electric Bike. Minors need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian at least 18 years old during the ride.
On What part of the street should I ride an RTC Electric Bike?
Just like other bicycles, you are permitted but not required to ride in designated bike lanes.
How much does the RTC Electric Bike weigh?
RTC Electric Bikes weigh about 50 pounds, which is only 3 pounds heavier than our RTC Bike Share classic bikes.
How much does it cost to use an RTC Electric Bike?
For the duration of the pilot, there is no additional cost associated with using RTC Electric Bikes. If you happen to incur any usage fees during your ride, those will be applied at the same rate and in the same way as any other RTC bike.