The Grand Besançon region took advantage of the inauguration of the track dedicated to the soft modes of transportation to present the new “Ginko Vélo” electric bicycle rental service. This new track connects Pouilley-les-Vignes and Champvans-les-Moulins and runs via Champagney.
About fifty long-term rental bicycles, in the blue colors of the Ginko brand, are currently being delivered by Bisontine Proxy-Cycles, which won the contract. Year round, the long-term rental will be 20 € per month (240 € / year) for all-public rate and 10 € per month for holders of a Ginko subscription card.
“Ginko Vélo” is a new long-term rental service of electric-assisted bicycles offered by Kéolis Besançon Mobility with the support of the Grand Besançon. 50 new electric bicycles will be delivered in mid-June. And there is a plan to have 250 more at the start of September. In the long term, by 2021, 650 electric bicycles will be available to the locals of the Grand Besançon region.
The objective is to facilitate daily commute
The clearly stated objective is to facilitate the daily commuting of the local residents of the agglomeration. And also to support the intermodality in the different modes of transport.
Aluminum frame, powerful motor with a range of 80 to 120 km, French battery manufactured in Avignon, Italian saddle, anti-theft equipment. These electric bikes with an excellent level of equipment are provided by the Proxy-Cycle company of Romain Walger and branded with Ginko’s blue color branding. Assembled in Besançon, the bikes are then delivered by FPI (Friant Painter Industrial) company of Serre-les-Sapins.
The overall cost of electric bicycles and the service is estimated at 650.000 € for 600 bicycles. This cost is largely financed by the Grand Besançon with the support of the Ademe (48.000 €), the French state (150.000 €) and the European funds from the Feder (63.500 €).
E-bike long-term rental – all included
“Good for the health and the planet, the electric bike makes it possible to choose to move in a different way, often much easier than before. And I am delighted that the locally made e-bike model was chosen” welcomed the new service Jean-Louis Fousseret, Mayor of Besançon and President of Agglomeration.
“Ginko is the mark of mobility and we provide all mobility services of the Grand Besançon. We set the direction and we finance investments, ” said Michel Loyat, Vice President in Charge of Transport at Grand Besançon.
“Kéolis Besançon Mobilités provides service, maintenance, and security. We are working with this company already on two services – Ginko-Vélo and soon a carpooling service. It is no coincidence that this launch of Ginko-Vélo is taking place in Pouilley-les-Vignes” continues Michel Loyat.
“This new service is intended for all Great Bisontins who can benefit from well-built bikes. These bikes will be subject to security and maintenance checks every six months. The service will be delivered by the Café Vélo and will be provided by Keolis. Riders are left with pedaling only … and “they are also strongly encouraged to wear their helmets” has more than advised Jean-Louis Fousseret.
Who can access Ginko-Vélo?
- Be at least 15 years old
- Being a resident or studying in the Grand Besançon
Long-term e-bike rental rates
|Ginko-Vélo||All rentals||Ginko subscribers|
|1 month||50 €||25 €|
|3 months||100 €||50 €|
|12 months||240 €||120 €|
To benefit from the 50% discount, the rider must already have a Ginko subscription (Pass 4-17, 18-25, Sesame, +64, job seeker, valid CMU).
- A deposit of 600 € will be required for all rentals.
- Access to Ginko VéloParks is included for all rentals (secure bike shelters and video surveillance
Rates of optional equipment
|Equipment / Duration||Child seat||Basket|
|1 month||€ 5||€ 5|
|3 months||€ 10||€ 10|
|12 months||€ 15||€ 15|
Ginko-Vélo demo days in the Grand Besançon
- Friday, June 14, 2019 from 15h30 to 18h30: Super U Roche-lez-Beauprés
- Saturday, June 15 from 14h to 17h: Micropolis nature festival
- Wednesday, June 12 from 15:30 to 18:30: Carrefour Contact Montferrand-le-Chateau
- Wednesday, June 19 from 15:30 to 18:30: Super U from Pouilley-les-Vignes
- Friday, June 21 from 15:30 to 18:30: Casino Saone
- Friday, June 28 from 15:30 to 18:30: Super U of St-Vit
- Saturday, June 29 from 8h to 12h00: Pugey Market
- Friday, July 5th from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm: Super U from Devecey
- Saturday, July 6 from 8:30 to 12:00: Thise Market
This post was translated from French and adapted. The original version was published on Ma Commune. Photo credit – Ginko Vélo.