Projects

💥 London’s shared micromobility boom!

London surfed the different bike-share waves when it hit Europe. The Santander Cycles public bike-share service was launched in 2010, not long after the successful experiences of Vélo’v (Lyon/FRA) or Vélib’ (Paris/FRA). The free-floating operators were also keen on operating in the British capital from 2018, but it ended with a long list of failure: […]

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Projects

💥 London’s shared micromobility boom!

London surfed the different bike-share waves when it hit Europe. The Santander Cycles public bike-share service was launched in 2010, not long after the successful experiences of Vélo’v (Lyon/FRA) or Vélib’ (Paris/FRA). The free-floating operators were also keen on operating in the British capital from 2018, but it ended with a long list of failure: […]

Technology

Wireless charging, the next step towards sustainable shared micromobility?

The recent history of shared micromobility took us from dock-based to dockless solutions. The latest option allowed a wider and faster adoption of those services across the world, not needing important investment and infrastructure work to set up stations. But as operators are now heavily working on optimising their unit economics, automatisation is a must. […]

Business

💪🚲 – The strength of shared cargo-bikes

2020, the pandemic year, saw an impressive worldwide boom in the use of bicycles, and cargo bikes are no exception. In Germany, 103,200 cargo bikes have been sold in 2020 (124 vehicles per 100,000 inh.). It is a 35% increase compared to 2019, with 3 out of 4 being electrically assisted. In France, sales of […]

Business

Heading East! Identifying market opportunities in Eastern European countries

Don’t be taken for a ride with images of snowy landscapes and horse-drawn carriages, the Baltics and Poland are welcoming markets for shared mobility services. Those countries have turned to innovative car alternative solutions early on. They also have given birth to some of the most dynamic shared mobility companies in Europe. Estonia is home […]

Business

Smoove x Zoov, behind the announcement

On March 31st, Zoov released a largely teased video titled “Fast Forward”. Many shared micromobility industry leaders were waiting for the big announcement : Smoove and Zoov are joining forces (merging) to create a European sustainable mobility champion. Smoove is a well-established and renowned leader of the bike-share industry since 2008, providing dock-based solutions to 23 […]

General, Technology

The massive electrification of public bike-share

The 2020’s pandemic has been an impressive catalyst to bike adoption all around the world, and even more with e-bikes. Sales of privately owned e-bikes have skyrocketed in most countries, with the notable examples of Germany (+43%), Switzerland (+28.5%), the Netherlands (+30%)… and the USA (+145%)!! If most authorities were already aware of the potential […]

General

LOM – An analysis of the recommendations for free-floating services in France.

In France, following the National Mobility Convention, the Loi d’Orientation des Mobilités (or LOM, Mobility Orientation Law) has been under discussion from November 2018 until its publication in December 2019. It was aimed to answer four main problems: the lack of mobility solutions in many territories the climatic and environmental emergency, a call to change […]

Business

The Case for E-Scooters as Public Transit

During the session “Pathway to Profitability: Moving Toward a Sustainable Shared Micromobility Model” at MM World conference, arisen the topic of the integration of shared micromobility services as public transport options. We discussed it with different participants, including Alex Nesic, who wrote this piece one year ago. To go further, you can also read this […]

Business

Micromobility: size doesn’t matter

Shared mobility services are unquestionably considered a unique urban mobility option in major European cities. In most of these cities, inhabitants can choose from a large panel of shared vehicles (scooters, bikes & cargo bikes, mopeds, and cars), making it a perfect complement to public transports. But shared mobility services should not remain a privilege […]

Business, Technology

The end of free-floating? Smart parking, smart riding and the evolution of micromobility

This article, written in collaboration with Dott, has been published in the Thinking Cities magazine from the Polis 2020 Conference. You can find the full online magazine here. Current shared micromobility services were born from the Chinese bike-share wave that landed in Western countries in 2017. Ofo and Mobike scaled up the free-floating model, disrupting […]

General, Technology

Micromobility, the forum for mobility data privacy

The introduction of the MDS by the LA DOT in april 2019 started a war between the Army of Mobility Defenders and the Army for Data Privacy. Why is it all about? First… … what is MDS? Let’s start with a short explanation of what MDS is. From the GitHub page: The Mobility Data Specification […]

Business, Projects

Analysis of Paris’ e-scooter RFP

Since the emergence of shared mobility services, Paris has been one of the major open labs in Europe for shared micromobility services. The major Asian dockless bike-share operators launched massive fleets in late 2017– Gobee, oBike and ofo left, only Mobike remains in the French capital – before the waves of shared e-scooters hit the […]

Business

Bird’s business model switch

The last couple of weeks have been crucial for the Santa Monica based company Bird, one of the leaders of the booming e-scooter sharing industry. For months specialists are pointing at the loss-making business model Bird and its competitors have adopted. And Bird is the first to learn from it, totally mutating its own model. […]

Business

The dark side of the Uber/Lime deal

The Uber/Lime deal is THE major shared micromobility related news that appeared during the COVID-19 crisis. Under the US$170M investment in Lime, Uber also transferred its money-losing micromobility branch Jump to its former competitor. The transfer has massive impacts on the whole Jump structure, would it be for the HR or assets management. Impacts that […]

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