From the past week, all stations of the Bordeaux Métropole transport network are be equipped with new electric bicycles.
Recognizable by their blue color, 1,000 shiny new electric bikes complete the fleet of VCub Bordeaux.
The goal is to reach new customers and seduce users who have abandoned the classic VCubs (traditional bikes). According to Bordeaux Métropole, traditional self-service bicycles showed a drop in trips of 15% between January and the end of August 2018.
Why this is happening? The VCub fleet is aging and local tend to buy more and more their own bikes.
Go further by electric bike
These new electric vehicles are intended for those who live or work outside the city center of Bordeaux. With a battery rental for six euros per month, electric bikes can ride for up to ten kilometers and further. The battery is fully rechargeable in 1h30 from any electrical outlet.
The goal is to allow those, who travel to Bordeaux, to go further by electric bike, to towns like Lormont or Cenon, for example.
50% of rental bikes are electric
Half of the VClub’s fleet, which is now 1,800 bikes, is electric.
The traditional VCubs are also being renewed. First 300 new bikes, lighter and more resistant, have recently arrived at the stations.
This post was translated from French. The original version was published on France Bleu. Photo credit – France Bleu.