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Minneapolis micromobility experiments

Minneapolis is a really dynamic city in terms of mobility. Although the harsh winter is not in favor of light mobility, it is where one of the first US public bike-share system launched in 2010. Since then, the city has been flexible to follow and test the technological changes in the micromobility sector. Station-based bike-share […]

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The battery management problematic

Going forward, step by step. In order to improve unit economics, operators of free-floating mobility services are working hard to improve their product: development of sturdier vehicles to improve lifespan and resistance to vandalism, and adoption of a new paradigm toward battery charging – as we are more and more talking about electric vehicles. Charging […]

Technology

Autonomy in shared micromobility

According to the Godwin law of mobility, ” As a mobility discussion grows longer, the probability of broaching the subject of Autonomy approaches 1″ 😉 . With multiple recent announcements in the micromobility sector, it is getting an even bigger place in the discussions around shared services. 2019, an autonomous year My first real meeting […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]