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Spin Selected to Operate First Electric Bikeshare Program on the University of British Columbia - Okanagan Campus in Kelowna, Canada

A man rides a Spin bike on University of British Columbia - Okanagan Campus

The company will deploy 50 electric bicycles on the UCBO campus in Kelowna marking Spin’s first international campus partnership focused on shared e-bikes 

Spin, the micromobility unit of Ford Motor Company, today announced that it has been selected to operate an electric bikeshare program on a Canadian university campus. The company will launch 50 S-300 e-bikes this February at the University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) campus in Kelowna. Spin will be the exclusive provider of a shared micromobility program to over 10,000 UBCO students, faculty and staff. 

This campus partnership builds upon Spin’s first international e-bike partnership with the City of Kelowna, which launched last November. Spin will increase its initial fleet of 100 electric bicycles to 150 in Kelowna in preparation for UBCO students returning to on-campus learning. Spin is working closely with key stakeholders from the community and University to offer free helmets to riders along with educational programming to promote safe and responsible riding. 

“This is an exciting time for Spin as we build out our partnerships in Canada,” said Ashley Brown, Head of Government Partnerships. “As the sole vendor in Kelowna and on UBCO’s campus, we can together create a more robust and sustainable program that meets the University’s transportation vision. We are thrilled to bring S-300 to UBCO, providing more eco-friendly transportation options to the community and bringing our latest innovations to Canada.” 

Director of Campus Planning for UBC Okanagan, Ben Johnson commented, “UBC Okanagan is excited to welcome SPIN’s shared e-bikes to campus, introducing a new healthy and sustainable travel option for the campus community.” 

S-300 benefits and features: 

A powerful e-bike for longer, safer journeys 

○ S-300’s powerful pedal-assist motor enables a top speed of 32 km/h and its long-range swappable battery powers the bike up to 160 km. 

○ A dual hand braking system, including a front and rear drum brake, ensures strong braking power.

○ A headlight, rear light, and reflectors provide high visibility at more than 150 m. 

A convenient and comfortable ride 

○ S-300 switches gears automatically, making it easier to ride than many other shared e-bikes. 

○ A sturdy front basket allows riders to carry up to 11 kg of cargo. 

○ An innovative wireless-charging holder allows riders to navigate while keeping their smartphones charged. 

○ S-300’s adjustable seat supports a wide range of rider heights. 

A tidy right-of-way 

○ A dual kickstand makes parking convenient and ensures that parked S-300s stay upright and out of the public right-of-way. 

○ S-300’s app-controlled cable lock encourages proper parking. 

“With the launch of our e-bike fleet at UBCO, we are establishing ourselves as a strategic and operational partner to Canadian cities and universities. This move helps realize a shared vision for multimodal transportation,'' said Khalid Abdul Razak, General Manager of Canada. “We are committed to working together and learning with cities, campuses, and community partners to establish best-in-class micromobility programs.” 

For more information about Spin, visit For more information on S-300, visit the Spin blog. To download the press kit containing visual assets, please visit this link

About Spin 

Spin is the micromobility unit of Ford Motor Company, operating electric bikes and electric scooters in cities and campuses in North America and Europe. Spin’s operating experience in Canada includes the cities of Kelowna, Edmonton, Red Deer, and St. Albert. In 2017, Spin launched the first-ever stationless bike share program in the United States and was instrumental in crafting the world’s first mobility permitting system that is now used around the world. Spin consists of a diverse team of experienced professionals from government and private sectors, and the transportation advocacy world, all of whom are committed to fulfilling the company’s mission- to help create a world full of 15 minute cities.

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