General

Update your agenda with micromobility events!

Before my summer break, I give you a recap of some interesting professional shows related to micromobility for the end of 2019. To free your mind, it’s time to book and fill your agenda! Wocomoco There’s a lot happening in the collaborative mobility market. High time for a congress that takes up this trend and […]

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, General

Discover Japan’s shared micromobility

Japan has historically been an isolated island: after the first foreigners landed on the island in 1543, real exchanges only were established during the XIXth century. It remains a very conservative and unique culture, which is also true for mobility. Let’s have a look at the situation regarding shared micromobility services there. Bikeshare Softbank is […]

Business, Technology

Why docks are part of the future of micromobility

Two of the main drawbacks of dockless shared e-scooters are public space use, and the operators business model non-profitability. An answer to both is the introduction of docks and the evolution of the technical solution toward a mix of dockless and dock-based. While free-floating might be a sustainable solution for very dense areas, docks are […]

General

Who are you, e-scooter rider ?

The French mobility engineering consultancy 6-t released last week the first study on shared e-scooter use in France. Even if 13 operators are already present here (12 in Paris only), the impact of these fast growing services are still to be fully understood. It is important to note that the study is based on Lime […]

Technology

The form factor evolution

In shared mobility solutions, you know what bicycles look like. What e-bicycles look like. And you know very much how e-scooters look like. Well, the range is not limited to this and is extending with simpler and sturdier vehicles. Pogo sticks? No way! To joke or not to joke, that is the question… Cangoroo, a […]

Business, General

About fleet caps.

Most articles relating the city opening to free-floating mobility services are raising fleet caps as a must, or a natural rule, in order to control the wild packs of scooter and bicycles. What are the consequences? Cities are most of the time providing licenses to operate with a regular fleet cap. The most recent examples […]

Business, Technology

How VOI wants to conquer Europe

Taking another path from Bird toward profitability, VOI, the Swedish e-scooter operator, organised a press conference to communicate on its strategical choices for the coming year. Those who came have not been disappointed. Expansion plans VOI will stay focused on Europe. Already operating in 9 countries and 18 cities, is planning to launch in 4 […]

Business

Uber partners with Yulu to develop e-sit-scooters and bicycle services in India

In India, Uber is competing with the locals Ola and Zipcar, and is still a small player (operating in around 12 cities vs +100 for Ola). A way for the company to win market share is, as in other regions in the world (mainly with its acquisition of Jump Bikes in 2018), to offer micromobility […]

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. […]

Projects, Technology

Should operators share their data with authorities?

Since the early development of dockless mobility solutions, staring in 2016 with bikes in China, the question of data usage has been central. As the ridership of these vehicles in exploding, as well as the number of cities were it is available, the need for a clear regulation towards data management and sharing with the […]

Projects

Learning lessons from Vélib’ Métropole difficulties

After ten years of operation in Paris and its surrounding suburbs, Vélib Métropole replaced Vélib’ as the city’s new, self-service bike-share system on January 1st, 2018. The system and operator transition that comes with this new system, however, has been very complicated. The switch from JCDecaux to the new service provider, Smovengo, should have been […]

Business

Lyft vs Uber: the bike-share battle

It is no secret that Uber and Lyft are fighting at the door of the Wall-Street. But it is not the only battlefield. As both are putting emphasis on the development of their micromobility services, there is now no low blow for the win. The Chicago battle Chicago is the place of a major fight: on […]

Business, General

Moving Together: The Rise of Shared and Electric Mobility in India

By Akash Gupta, founder and CEO of Mobycy. It is the tipping point for shared mobility in India. The paradigm shift is propelled by tectonic developments in the present times, including the rise of young population demographics, India’s transition to a mobile-first economy, and the Indian entrepreneurial ecosystem covering leaps and bounds to solve the […]

General

A new free-floating legislation in Paris

As the national Loi d’Orientation des Mobilités (LOM), long-awaited to clarify the usage rules of E-scooters and free-floating regulations, is getting behind schedule, it is getting complicated for French cities to wait for it. On March 21st, Paris city council unveiled a new set of rules (which still have to be voted): after a first “good conduct chart” […]

Business, Technology

Dock-based bike-share systems do not feel threatened by dockless ones

Recent news are backing the theory that dockless and dock-based bike-share solutions are complementary more than rivals. Even if some cities, frightened by the failure of some Asian operators in 2018, have adopted total or partial restriction towards dockless bike-share, in places where systems are cohabiting the competition seems positive for both systems. More bikes […]

Business, Technology

Car-makers are definitely moving towards micromobility!

Let’s go to the Geneva Motor show. Strange isn’t it? Actually, it has been the stage of interesting discoveries of new micromobility vehicles from car-makers. Two small german ones, Audi and Volkswagen, released their vision of micromobility with their own form factors. I would describe the Audi E-tron as an electric skateboard with a joystick-style […]

Projects, Technology

Citibike expands its ebike fleet to 4000!

Lyft/Motivate released a couple of hundred bikes in the streets of the Big Apple in August 2018. Caroline Samponaro, Head of Bike, Scooter & Pedestrian Policy at Lyft, published an article providing some interesting conclusions from this pilot. Ebikes have been used for 15 rides/ebike/day, vs 5 rides/regular bike/day! Wow, 3 times more. It confirms […]

General

Why Quality of Service is central for shared-mobility operators?

The past few months have flourished with news of dockless bike-share operators getting into financial troubles: from Gobee’s bankruptcy in spring 2018, to oBike’s one in summer and ofo’s coming one. Mobike, the least damaged pioneer, is also choosing to stop expansion and focus on operations profitability. Even if the ratio vehicle cost/average trip cost […]

General, Projects

You thought that 6 or 7 e-scooter operators was a lot. Here comes Madrid with 18!

The city of Madrid announced yesterday that they are granting a permit to… 18 operators (!!!) for their e-scooter sharing program. You thought that you have too many in Brussels or Paris with 7? Here is the long list, all these companies have now 2 months to launch in the Spanish capital: Acciona, Eskay, Voi, […]

Technology

Veoride introduces swappable batteries on shared e-scooters!

We would have expected these big news from historical scooter manufacturers such as Segway-Ninebot or Xiaomi, or even big players of e-scooter sharing such as Bird or Lime. But no… the first e-scooter dedicated to share-use and including a swappable battery has been unveiled by Veoride, the small (they are currently operating only in universities and […]

Business, General, Technology

A takeaway from the Micromobility Conference

This article was initially published on Urban Mobility Daily, the blog of Paris’ Autonomy show. The Micromobility Conference, a unique gathering of international micromobility actors, was held on January 31st in Richmond, California. I decided to travel from Paris to California to check it out and to better understand the trends and challenges of […]

General

Is e-scooter-share cannibalizing bike-share?

Two piece of news have been published in the last couple of days. The easy conclusions being that the rise of e-scooter sharing signed the end of bike-sharing. But how true is that?   First an inventory of the private transit services available in Denver, CO: ride-hailing with Uber and Lyft, bike-share with B-Cycle (docked), […]

General, Projects

Portland’s E-scooter pilot program review

Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) launched its E-scooter pilot program in july 2018, having set a permitting framework focusing on 4 critical objectives:   Reduce traffic congestion by shifting trips away from private motor vehicle use Prevent fatalities and serious injuries on Portland streets Expand access to opportunities for underserved Portlanders Reduce air pollution, including climate […]

Projects

Bicing V2 is landing in Barcelona’s streets

After the long season 1 of “Switching dock-based PBS operators”, relating the suspenseful story of Vélib 2 in Paris, its is time for season 2 with Bicing in Barcelona! PBSC is taking over Clear Channel in the Catalan capital, after almost 12 years  for the now historic service. As for Paris’ Vélib’, the challenge remains […]

General, Technology

Where is the parking spot? About indiscriminate parking.

Every reader here already knows the main problem that cities want to address when dockless shared-mobility operators are coming in its streets. Angry drivers lost in a sea of scooters and bicycles, yes, but most of all: indiscriminate parking! The trend is clearly going towards securising and organising the parked vehicles. It has been emphasized […]

Business

ofo: the Rise and (final?) Fall

It is in the air for months, and every piece of news is confirming that ofo is in really bad situation, and maybe close to bankrupt. You see, even the website is dead… Let’s try to figure out what led to the current situation. Global Management ofo was funded in 2014, and expanded at very high speed […]

General

A call for data standardization towards shared-mobility providers

With the raise of dockless shared-mobility solutions around the globe, cities are trying to take advantage of the amount of data collected through the smartphone’s apps. Urban planners are willing to analyse those data to understand and forecast flows, plan and design new infrastructures, monitor the supply and demand, with the final goal to integrate […]

Business, Technology

Oribiky, the french solution for shared E-bikes

Understanding the local environment and its constraints is a must for bike-share operators to be successful. Therefore, small companies building their own product and offer have a competitive advantage, even in front of the sector giants. Oribiky, a french start-up based in Villetaneuse, 12km north of Paris city-center, is willing to use it.   Oribiky […]

Technology

A block-chain based project launched in Zug (Switzerland)

Small cities can be innovative as well. Zug (Switzerland), 26000 inhabitants, has developed a unique economic environment, not only thanks to its very favorable tax policy but also thanks to its territorial strategy:   Zug’s startup enterprises, fintech incubation firms, and governmental authorities all seem to have open lines of communication; regularly collaborating with the […]

General, Technology

A solution to improve E-bike-share operation

Let’s take two evident contemporary trends:   The future of bike-share will include more and more E-bikes! The economic situation implies that bike-share schemes will get less grants or subsidies, and will therefore have to become more financially efficient.   The equation seems hard to solve as E-bike fleets operation is of course more expensive […]

Business, General

Perpetual motion in shared-mobility… towards walled gardens

Every morning, when you turn on your computer, I guess you really wonder what news you’ll get on the mobility sector. That’s how I feel. The current moves from ALL actors (E-scooter/bike/scooter/car manufacturers, shared solution providers, software and tech companies…) are changing the landscape everyday. Focusing on bike-share only, last year saw Uber buying Jump […]

General

Feedback from Paris’ Autonomy show

The third edition of Paris’ Autonomy show took place in La Grande Halle de La Villette, on october 18-20th 2018. The show is dedicated to urban mobility from LEV’s to (even flying) cars. It quickly became a not-to-be-missed show where many actors are displaying there innovations.  This year conferences and exhibitors confirmed the main trends […]

Business, Technology

Meet SharingOS, the future of shared-mobility

This is a sponsored article. If you would like to sponsor an article to be published on shared-micromobility.com, please send an email to: contact@shared-micromobility.com.   Amidst the fast-changing mobility industry that is being disrupted by revolutionary technologies, it is also important to pay attention to those companies providing the underlying technological innovations. This is where we […]

Technology

Jump is testing charging stations!

Are Jump Bikes turning to a dock-based solution??? Yes and no. In order to better manage the battery charging of its bikes, Jump designed a docking station allowing to return and charge the fleet. It kind of goes against the “dockless” option but …   We can see with Citi-Bikes, Vélib or Capital Bikeshare, that […]

Projects

Schemes launch report – September 2018

General, Projects

Six companies to operate in Singapore under the new license regime

Singapore Land Transport Authority (LTA) announced on september 28th that it will grant licenses to six operators of dockless bike-share services by the end of october (The measure was announced in march 2018). Full licenses have been granted to Ofo Mobike and SGBike, while Anywheel, Grab Cycle and Qiqi Zhixiang will get sandbox licenses, and will […]

Business

In Paris, ofo and RATP are riding together

As in any major city, Paris public transport operator RATP is trying to develop its network and implement new solutions in order to fulfill a door-to-door offer. It implies multimodality, and as the sharing sector is currently buzzing (Bird, Lime, Bolt, and Wind launched just over the last 3 months, ofo, Mobike and soon Oribiky, […]

Business

Dock-based projects are still doing well, thanks!

The world of bike-sharing is focused on dockless solutions, as the news feed is quite huge, and the picture of actors, rules, and so on is changing everyday. But dock-based projects are not dead… at all!   In this category, PBSC Urban Solutions seems to have taken the lead in 2018, by contracting with many […]

Projects

Last update on Seattle dockless bikeshare pilot

I already wrote about Seattle’s dockless pilot program, one of the pioneers regarding regulation. Two times actually… Well it’s time for the second update, as some changes occured during summer!!   A short reminder about  the pilot: Spin, Ofo and Lime launched their services in july 2017, with around 10 000 bikes in total. In […]

Technology

Mobike launched its E-bike (chinese version)

At first glance, it looks like a real innovation. Faithful to its spirit, Mobike is proposing a singular design for its pedal-assisted bicycle (E-bike) launched on july 5th, with futuristic lines and ever more integrated components. In comparison to Lime’s Lime-E, the development process is clearly not the same… Mobike chose to use a central […]

Business, Technology

Bikes Vs Cars, Uber version

The battle of Bikes Vs Cars have been highlighted in 2015 in the famous documentary from Fredrik Gertten. Now Uber is giving its own version of the match, E-bikes VS Cars! Remember Uber’s investments in 2018: acquisition of JUMP Bikes for US$100M in april, then investment in Lime for a part of the total US$335M.   JUMP […]

Projects

All about NYC dockless bike-share pilot

It’s been under work since 2017, and finally started in july 2018: New-York City Department Of Transportation (NYC DOT) have been working hard on how to integrate dockless bike-share operators in the city without cannibalizing its historical Citi Bike dock-based scheme.   For such a huge metropolis where bike-sharing is a real part of the […]

Business, Technology

A dockless bike-sharing review

The last days and weeks have seen a lot of interesting information popping out about dockless bike-sharing companies’ strategy. Each of the major Asian and US ones have taken important decision, either on the markets they are working on, or on the solutions they offer.   Spin decided to stop bikeshare, and will now focus […]

Business, Technology

Lime is willing to launch “electric transit pods”

Everybody, even outside the world of bikesharing knows Lime (formerly Lime Bike). The company is one of the most developing in freefloating systems operation: they started with human-powered bicycles, then electric-assisted bicycles and electric scooters (their last important and strategic launch being in Paris on june 22nd). Well here is the big news: Lime is […]

Business, Technology

Big news from Motivate

We already knew that Motivate was working on a dockless solution, as they applied for an operation permit in New York, for exemple. Well, a Tweet on june 1st released the first photos of the bike, and announced at the same time its launch in North San José, extending the Ford Go-Bike area. Exciting development […]

Projects

Schemes launch report – May 2018

  

Technology

Superpedestrian enters the bike-sharing game!

If you are a bicycle geek like me, you already know Superpedestrian, the MIT spinout company behind the Copenhagen Wheel. This famous product basically turns any bicycle into an E-bike, as the wheel integrates the motor, the battery, charged by back-pedalling, all the electronic and sensors. So famous that it has been shown in a […]

Projects

“Vélibgate” continues…

I already wrote about the early troubles faced by Smovengo, the new Vélib’ Métropole operator in Paris in january (#velibgate). The saga continues, and well, my “wish that Smovengo will catch up the delay to offer a real service, and quick enough not to loose users” has not been fullfilled… at all. On the contrary, […]

Technology

Hackers attacked Bycycklen in Copenhagen!

Maybe a first in bike-sharing? Copenhagen’s Bycyklen system has been hacked during the night of may 4th, by a still unidentified person or group! The attack, qualified as “primitive” by the operator, has been performed “by a person with a high level of knowledge of the IT structure of our system”. As a result, all of the […]

Projects

Schemes launch report – April 2018

Projects

A coming boom of bike-share use in New York City?

Changes are coming for NYC. We already saw two big moves from the local public authorities that will have a big impact on the bike-share use in the Big Apple.   On december 15th 2017, New York Department of Transportation (DOT) released a Request for expression of interest (RFEI) for a dockless bike-share program. Considering […]

Technology

oBike innovates with its EVS E-bike

I wondered… but NO, it’s not a shared E-bike but a classic E-Bike that oBike offers for sale on a specific e-shop. It is kind of a surprise, as after the launch of Limebike and Spin’s E-bikes, we are only waiting for the launch date of its concurrents from the Asian companies Mobike, ofo… and […]

Projects

Chess game in Geneva between Publibike and Intermobility

Once again, citizens of Geneva will have to wait before seeing shared bikes in the streets of the Swiss city. It’s a real soap opera that is taking place there, because of a fight between the two strong local actors: Publibike (dock and dockless solutions) and Intermobility with its Velospot system (dockless). Since 2007, it is […]

Projects

Schemes launch report – March 2018

Business, General

Will citizens charge dockless E-bikes and E-scooters?

Not much information so far, but LimeBike is looking for Juicers to manage the charging of their Lime-S scooters! Basically, a Juicer will be a LimeBike contractor, whose mission will be to:   pickup specified low battery scooters with their own vehicles charge it in their own buildings deploy it in the morning where LimeBike […]

Business, Technology

HOPR will try to revolutionize dockless E-bikeshare!

Cyclehop, the US operator in charge of Orlando, Santa Monica, Vancouver… station-based programs chose to change its strategy by offering a dockless E-bike-sharing solution!   I was raising the issue of operation cost in different articles about Jump Bicycles or Zehus’ Bitride, and here is the big news with Cyclehop’s HOPR solution: they decided not […]

Technology

Zehus to challenge chinese operators in Milan

Zehus is a well renowned company created by a team of engineers and PHDs from Politecnico di Milano. They merged in 2014 with Flykly, in order to compete with Superpedestrian’s Copenhagen wheel in the market of “smart-wheels”: autonomous bicycle wheels with integrated battery, electronics and motor that can transform any bike into an E-bike just by […]

Business, Projects

Bologna invests public funds in its dockless bikeshare program with Mobike!

The municipality of Bologna, Italy, just signed a contract with the local operator Idri Bk, after a tender procedure organised by SRM, the local Authority for Public Transport in Bologna area. Idri Bk is the Italian operator for Mobike, managing schemes in Florence, Rome, Milan and Cremona.   The tender was forecasting a 800 000€ […]

General

Singapore is still improving its dockless bike-share regulation

I already highlighted Singapore’s pioneering way of regulating dockless bike-share schemes on its territory, already 3 months ago. LTA introduced a MOU to operators in order to control parking behaviour, data sharing and service for the 100 000 bikes operated by 6 companies (oBike, ofo, Mobike, GBikes, SG Bike and ShareBikeSG). But still, we discovered […]

Projects

Schemes launch report – February 2018

Business

The expected end for Gobee.bike

In december 2017, I published a review about the problematic operation of the Gobbe.bike service in Lille. It was the first dockless bike-share service to be launched in France in october 2017. The green bikes then appeared in Reims, Paris, Lyon, Brussels (BEL) and Torino (ITA) by the end of 2017… but not for long. […]

Business

Scooter-sharing is the new trend!

The two main american dockless bike-share brands announced an upcoming service of E-scooter-share!   Spin was first, revealing on february 8th its will to develop shared E-scooter services in the US. According to Spin, it is their step “into a true multi-modal mobility platform for cities and campuses.” The scooter itself is an “electrified Razor-like one, […]

Business

Love affair between ride-hailing and bike-sharing

For quite a while now, we can read every month news relating collaborations between bike-share companies and ride-hailing companies. Agreements can vary in content, but we clearly feel that many actors of the shared-mobility sector want to propose a complete solution to their users.   In China, Didi Chuxing is THE ride-hailing giant: they even […]

Business, Technology

How cryptocurrencies can change bike-sharing

Two dockless companies recently announced a future release of their own cryptocurrencies:   while riding a oBike, you’ll be able to earn oCoins! oBike partnered with the Singaporean non-profit organisation Tron, who is operating the eponymous blockchain-based decentralized protocol TRON. Their cryptocurrency, the Tronix (TRX) is ranked 14th worldwide. The more they ride, the more users […]

Projects

Schemes launch report – January 2018

General

Let’s open our minds: All-kinds-of-bike-sharing

Bike-sharing is developing fast currently, but is always using classical adult bikes. When you look at the diversity in the bike market, with cargo, trikes, recumbents, handibikes… you can see that their are a lot of other possibilities, to adapt to more user and more usage. Of course, I’m not asking for big scale schemes, […]

Projects

A strange bike-share evolution process in Minneapolis and St Paul

You know it now, the trend of dockless bike-share is now viral. Some Cities are now questioning the coherence of their station-based bike-share schemes to replace it by dockless ones. We already pointed the case of Seattle, where Pronto’s public funded program definitely closed in march 2017 and gave space to their already famous dockless bike-share […]

Projects

The difficult mutation from Vélib’ to Vélib’ Métropole in Paris

January 1st 2018 was not only the start of a new (great) year, but also the beginning of a new chapter for Paris’ Vélib. After 10 years of services, JC Decaux’s historical grey Vélib’ retired, and saw a few of its successor hitting the streets of the French capital. This is the first full transfer […]

Projects

Seattle will evaluate its pilot program beginning of 2018

The dockless bike-share pilot program in Seattle is over! Don’t panic, the bikes wil stay in the streets at least until july 2018. It only means that the data collection period stops…   Meanwhile, the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) will start analysing the data with its partners at the University of Washington in january in order […]

Technology

Happy new E-year!!

2018 will be electric, at least in the field of bike-sharing! On january 9th, 3 companies unveiled their E-bike models that will hit the streets in the beginning of the year, during CES Las Vegas.   Motivate, the station-based solution provider, will launch in april a one year/250 bikes pilot in the streets of San […]

Business

How Chinese dockless bike-share firms are managing customers deposits?

After the collapse of major chinese dockless bike-sharing companies, we are starting to discover what the deposit are using for… According to the law, deposits should be kept untouched, as they have to stay available for direct refund if the user unsubscribes. But there is different ways to use it…   Wukong, Coolqi, Mingbike, Bluegogo… […]

Projects

Schemes launch report – December 2017

Business

Indian companies entering the dockless bike-sharing battle!

The indian market is quite specific: anarchical trafic, no cycling infrastructures, crowded roads and streets, social inequality…. For all these reasons, less than 10 projects are in place so far (check the Bike-sharing World Map, and remember Bophal). And none of the big dockless bike-share companies dared to give it a try, even just to […]

Business

Zagster launch its own “dockless” bike-share system!

How do you react to the craze of dockless bike-sharing when you’re an historical supplier of station-based solutions? Zagster chose to widen its offer by launching a new dockless system: PACE. The solution is said to offer “all the benefits of dockless bike sharing with none of the drawbacks”. Zagster developped 3 features to be […]

Projects

The tough experience of Gobee.Bike in Lille

In October, Gobee.bike launched in Lille, France, 500 of its dockless shared bikes. It was the first market for the company, and the first dockless bike-share scheme to be launched in France. Two months later, the assessment is quite mixed…   The first problematic to emerge has been the privatisation of bikes. Some unscrupulous users […]

Business, General

Echoes from PEBSS workshop 2017 #2: talk about dockless bike-share

Bikeshare-news.com was present at ECF’s PEBSS workshop 2017 in Brussels on november 20th-21st. We will produce several articles in the following month to report the main ideas that have been emphasized during these two days. Second chapter: thoughts around dockless bike-sharing.     Guess what…. the central topic of the PEBSS workshop was dockless bike-share! […]

General

Mobike named “Champions of the Earth” by the United Nations Environment

Mobike has recently been named in the 2017 Champions of the Earth by the United Nations Environment, “in recognition of the company’s transformative contribution to the advancement of low carbon public transport”. This sentence opens the debate, as the environmental impact of a public transport has to measure the production, operation, and recycling cost. With […]

Business

Bike-sharing growing in Japan with 7-Eleven

Softbank is definitely the of bike-sharing in Japan. They first launched Docomo bike-share in february 2017 together with NTT Docomo, making around 150 electric-assisted bicycles available at 32 stores in Tokyo and elsewhere. They are equipped with a Smart lock, activatable via a travel card or a pin code. Then, they launched Hello Cycling together with […]

Business, General

Echoes from PEBSS workshop 2017 #1 : DATA

Bikeshare-news.com was present at ECF’s PEBSS workshop 2017 in Brussels on november 20th-21st. We will produce several articles in the following month to report the main ideas that have been emphasized during these two days. First chapter: data.     A word was coming quite often during the different talks, surrounded with mystery: DATA ! […]

General, Projects

First feedback from the dockless bike-share pilot in Seattle!

It’s one of the first reports with a proper data analysis that have been published about dockless bike-sharing, about the pilot program launched in Seattle where Spin, LimeBike, Ofo are operating 6000 bikes.   The Seattle department of transport (SDOT) released the first data analysis after the first two months of operation. And well, looking […]

General

Yes, bike-sharing can be free!

As bike-sharing is getting more mature, the question of equity is becoming central for authorities in order to allow low-income citizens to benefit from the local bike-sharing schemes. And YES it can be totally free: Pittsburgh’s Port Authority (transportation authority) and Healthy Ride (bike-share operator) announced unlimited free 15 minutes rides to anyone with a […]

Business

The end of Bluegogo…

Hoho, what a rollercoaster!   Bluegogo was doing fine at the beginning of 2017: with a 58M$ fundraise , they were in the top 3 of chinese dockless bike-sharing companies, and the first to try to conquer the rest of the world, announcing in january 2017 a launch in San Francisco’s streets. After dropping hundreds of […]

Business

The new power of dockless bike-sharing firms: politicians!

We knew they had money… quite a lot. Mobike, Ofo and friends have raised billions of dollars in 2017:     But Spin climbed another step, by adding political power to its arsenal. In order to strengthen for the ongoing territory war between all actors of dockless bike-sharing, Spin confirmed on november 7th three big […]

Technology

SmartHalo & Blaze Smartlights: integration of general use products on shared bikes

What a surprise for me when I saw this photo on the PBSC Urban Solutions’ website: Yes, the well-known Montreal-based provider added an option of a smart equipment from the customer market to its bikes! That’s one of the most intelligent and ambitious integration on a shared bike to my knowledge.   SmartHalo is a […]

Business, Projects

Mobike surfing the wave in Australia!

Wowww, Mobike making a nice move on the waves of the Gold Coast, Australia!   Mobike signed an exclusivity agreement with local autorithies, and gathered with Transit Australia Group and local Good Cycle to operate the 2000 bikes of the system. Bikes will be available in the cities of  Southport, Surfers Paradise, Broadbeach, and Varsity Lakes […]

Projects, Technology

JUMP bikes, first ever dockless system with e-bikes!

Jump Mobility is the new trend in bike-sharing in the US. With its e-bikes, the brand from Social Bicycles uses the same technology as its many schemes in the US, UK, Czech Republic and Poland, a dockless geo-fenced system. If the idea is good, it raises a main problematic compared to similar systems with mechanical […]

Business, General

China’s regulation with dockless bikes

Restrictions are coming for dockless bike-sharing firms… even in the mothermarket of China! Chinese authorities have banned any expansion of the existing fleet, trying to answer parking chaos, traffic congestion and public safety concerns in 13 cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Wuhan and Guangzhou. It is one explanation to the big move of the 2nd half of […]

Projects, Technology

The new Velib’ unveiled!

Today was held in Paris the presentation of the new Velib’, that will launch on january 1st, 2018. The press conference happened along the Bassin de la Villette, and gathered Anne HIDALGO (mayor of Paris), Patrick OLLIER (president of Métropole du Grand Paris) and Catherine BARRATI-ELBAZ (president of Autolib-Velib syndicate). The project will spread next […]

General

Speaking of helmets… Dockless in Australia

I was writing previously about helmets in station-based schemes. But the development of dockless bike-sharing in Australia, with Ofo recently launching 400 bikes in Sydney, raised the same question for providers:   Do I have to provide helmet with my bike? How can I provide it?   Most of the companies, Ofo included, answered yes […]

General

Helmets and bike sharing

When you think about cyclist safety, you first think about helmets. And in every country, the debate around mandatory helmet lawson bicycles are… intense. Boom! For sure it has an incidence on the bike-sharing usage and business.   There is a just 4 station-based bike-share programs in places under mandatory helmet laws:   Seattle’s Pronto. […]

Business

Urbo, the sustainable dockless bike-share?

It might not be one of the biggest companies in the new trend of dockless bike-sharing, but we noticed Urbo (currently operating in London) for its different philosophy and approach. When you open the home page of the website, you can read “we cooperate with cities in planning and implementing the Urbo bike-sharing system into their community”. […]

Business

India, a new market opening… or not

I wouldn’t to be in the head of bike-sharing business developper in charge of India. For sure, the market is huge, but its cultural singularity make the launch of public bike-share system a big risk! You’ll better build a strong risk analysis…   As a proof, the first fully automatised bike-share programs launched only in […]

Technology

Transit, the future of… transit apps

With bike sharing programs popping all accross cities, how does the user manage its 10 apps on his smartphone? Between public transport, car sharing, scooter sharing and bike sharing, you can have more than 10 apps and services to deal with. Some cities already understand the major priority in aggregating all the systems in one […]

Business, Projects

The race to Paris!

3…2…1…GO! The race to Paris is open for the dockless bike-sharing companies. Hong-Kong based Gobee.bike made the first move today, placing the first dozens of a couple of hundreds bike in the streets of the city of light. After a launch last week in Lille with 400 bikes, Gobee.bike carry on with its conquest of France. […]

General, Projects, Technology

How is Singapour dealing with dockless bike sharing

As every city confronted with dockless bike sharing, Singapore faced major troubles with parking. And as you may know, Singapore government likes order and cleanliness… So they didn’t wait for anarchy, but instead invited all parties around the table:   The public authorities: Land Transport Authorities (LTA), the National Parks Board (NParks) and all 16 […]

Business, Projects

Big fight in Barcelona for the new Bicing project

Ho yeah!!   Lot of heavyweights in the competition for Bicing 2018 tender:   Tradisa Logicauto + Bonopark: the logisitics company is associated with the one suppliying and operating BiciMad ein Madrid, with over 2000 electric bikes (and lot of troubles…) Cespa + PBSC: the waste collection and laundry company is associated with the well reknowed […]

Projects, Technology

Lock failure for Bewegen

Bad publicity for Bewegen, one of the pionners in ebike-sharing… Less than a year after the launch in october 2016, Baltimore Bike Share has been shutted down from september 12th until october 15th this year, after decision of the city officials. The program was suffering a huge wave of bike run-aways theft and vandalism, in […]

Projects

Kim-Bikes… Bike sharing in North Korea

Atomic news! Now Kim Jong-Un not only have rockets to travel, but also a brand new Bike-share system in Pyongyang! It might not be as fast, but it surely save on petrol… The country is actually facing an oil shortage, so the governement is trying to diversify the means of transportation in the capital. At […]

Business, General, Technology

Yellow (and red) peril in bike sharing…

An unprecedented wave… Well, don’t be afraid, we are only talking about bike sharing… But since spring 2017, the occidental world is more and more frightened by two words coming from China: Mobike and Ofo! In fact these two chinese companies have globally shaking up the bike sharing world in only a couple of months, […]

Business

JC Decaux confirmed in Lyon (FRA) with hybrid bikes

French giant JC Decaux has been confirmed as supplier for Velov bike-sharing system in Lyon for 15 more years. What a surprise… as it was the only candidate to take over! It was actually quite a controversory market as Lyon Municipality gathered bike-share, intelligent bus stops and advertising, a unique case in France since 2009. […]