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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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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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 […]

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Schemes launch report – September 2018

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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Schemes launch report – May 2018

  

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“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, […]

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Schemes launch report – April 2018

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Schemes launch report – March 2018

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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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Schemes launch report – February 2018

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Schemes launch report – January 2018

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Schemes launch report – December 2017

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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 […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 […]