More and more French communities are offering long-term electric bike rentals. Let’s take a look at what is available in Lyon.
A fee of 50 or 60 euros, depending on the duration of the rent. This is what it would cost to somebody living in Lyon and vicinity to rent an electric bike for a month.
As more and more other communities (for example, La Rochelle, Strasbourg, Grenoble or the Ile-de-France), the Metropolis of Lyon has decided to launch, a little less than a year ago, an offer for long-term e-bike rentals. Initially, 100 electric bicycles are put into service, with another 400 e-bikes to be added in coming September. During the course of 2019, 500 new e-bikes will join this park, through a partnership with a local operator Cyclable.
“This service is a real success,” says Lyon local representative. In particular with those, living on three hills of Lyon (La Duchère, Fourvière or Croix-Rousse). “An electric-assisted bicycle is a very interesting solution that can help change habits. This works particularly well for the trips of less than 3 kilometers. “
The use of traditional and electric bikes is growing fast in Lyon and the surrounding area since 2010. Trips have increased by 10% between 2017 and 2018, with 25 million bicycle trips recorded across the territory by the metropolitan counters.
Testing an e-bike for up to a year
Electric bike long-term rentals are currently limited to one-year max duration. “The aim of this offer is really to make people aware of the idea that cycling is a very effective means of mobility,” says the Metropolis.
Twelve months is enough time to test the usefulness and effectiveness of an electric bicycle. At 50 euros per month, it is then more advantageous to buy your own e-bike or, possibly to lease one, as more and more companies start to offer such service – rather than continue to rent.
In 2018, the Greater Lyon area has also established an aid of 100 euros for the purchase of electric assistance bicycles, new or used, “in order to help the inhabitants to take the plunge”. This financial aid could make a bit of difference when the average price of an electric bike is estimated at 1500 euros.
To allow more and more people to test electric bicycles, Lyon’s self-service bike rental system (Vélo’v) is also expected to start offering e-bike rental service by 2020.
This post was translated from French. The original version was published on Le Parisien. Photo credit – Le Parisien.