With 135,000 rides in one year, Indigo Weel is in black for its bike rental business. H
For a year and a month now, the white bicycles of Indigo Weel are part of the streets of the town of Tours, France. This city is the second after Metz, in which Indigo Weel offers its services. Tours will be followed by Bordeaux, Lyon, Angers, Toulouse. At first, 1,000 bicycles are made available.
Goal: four trips per day
“Today, only 600 e-bikes remain active, as the first quarter was marked by a lot of vandalism. This trend calmed down because we filed 150 complaints and the first trials begin to come into force. We always take legal action. Our good relationship with the city and the police also help, “says Benjamin Lecompte, who is responsible for progress and performance of the service at the national level.
In Tours, 135,000 rides were taken by 13,000 customers. On sunny days, an e-bike is used 2.5 times a day, compared with 1.5 times in a winter day. The goal is to achieve four daily rotations. “Tours belongs to the top 3 cities where the system works rather well. In
Most of the customers are students who are interested in using pay as you go price (50 cents per half hour), which is cheaper than a bus ticket. Then comes the active young population. “Tourists also appreciate this solution, especially for going from Tours to Villandry. “
In the spring, the bikes will lighten up a bit with plastic and not metal basket, lighter wheels and new locks. The app will also change to encourage riders to park e-bikes on geolocalised
Indigo Weel also discusses with the Metropolis to implement electric bikes, which will be more adapted to cross the city from east to west and from north to south.
Alternatively, in large cities, such as Lyon or Toulouse, electric scooters have just been proposed. “Ultimately, we want to offer multimodal solutions, bicycles, scooters, electric cars. In each city, the means of transport à la carte are making their way.
This post was translated from French. The original version was published on La Nouvelle Republique. Photo credit – La Nouvelle Republique.