Zip eRides

Visitors to Santa Fe take Zip-eRides bikes for a spin in the St. Francis Drive underpass near Railyard Park.

Santa Fe by electric bike, or e-bike: That’s Hervé Goujon‘s idea for tourists to see the town.

He launched Zip-eRides on Sept. 1 with a fleet of 10 RadRunner e-bikes by Rad Power.

It’s a mobile service.

“We bring bikes to the people,” Goujon said.

Riders sign up on the Zip-eRides website,, and the bikes will be delivered to them and later picked up.

The options are three-hour morning or afternoon rides for $59 or a six-hour rental for $89. Goujon also offers two-hour bike tours for $99.

He delivers e-bikes to hotels, short-term rentals or private homes in Santa Fe and Eldorado if locals want to rent a bike. But so far, 95 percent of ridership is tourists, he said.

“People are saying, ‘We have seen so much more than we would have seen otherwise,’ ” Goujon said. “I like to bike around Santa Fe. There are a lot of streets that we don’t see if we drive or walk.”

He said the slog up Canyon Road can become tiresome for older visitors. Goujon said the typical user of Zip-eRides is older than 50.

“They will see a lot more of Santa Fe on an electric bike,” he said.

The bike rental comes with helmet, lock, basket and map. Zip-eRides staff also give guidance on routes to follow. Bike renters have to be at least 25 years old, or 16 years old if accompanied by a parent.

Though tourists are using Zip-eRides the most, “We would like to serve locals who have people visiting,” Goujon said.

(2) comments

Steve Fitzer

I rented a ebike to try it out before I bought one. Great experience with Zip erides

Johnny Duran

The City of Santa Fe SHOULD NOT allow any electric bike on the walking/bike paths. It is too, dangerous. Only walkers, runners and pedal bikes should be allowed. I can't tell you how many time that I have nearly been hit by these electric bikes flying past me as I walk or pedal. Some of these electric bikes and one wheel vehicles can go over 20 miles per hour. Keep them on the road if they have a motor or assistance where you are not actually exercising.

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