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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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€ […]

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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. […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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… […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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! […]

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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 […]

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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 ! […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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”. […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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. […]