General, Projects

Local specificities in shared micromobility usage

As one might imagine, the usage of shared bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters really depend on the place it is available in. Thanks to my friends of fluctuo and their City Dive tool, let’s dive into some European cities… This analysis is based on data from July 22nd to August 20th, a holiday period for all […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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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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” […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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 […]

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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), […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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, […]

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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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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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. […]

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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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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, […]