Blue, white, red self-service and electric-assisted bicycles made their appearance in the streets of Paris and in the first ring at the end of 2018. The latest on the market for semi-floating bicycles (could be located based on their GPS coordinates), is Oribiky, and it is expanding its fleet from 280 to 400 e-bikes.
Oribiky e-bikes have a range of 100 km and travel at 25 km / h. Three staff take care of the maintenance of the e-bikes and recharging batteries.
Obligation to park on bicycle parking
Oribiky e-bikes propose several tariff plans: from 0.10 to 0.12 cents per minute for non-subscription formulas. Packages from 14.99 euros to 19.99 euros per month are provided for regular users.
There is another offer for companies and couriers. The app allows to geolocate each e-bike and unlock it via a smartphone. An e-bike can be booked as short as ten minutes in advance.
To avoid overcrowding Parisian sidewalks, it is obligatory to park the bicycle on bicycle parking after use (you must declare its location on the application), or a rider will pay a 50 euro fine. No fines have been charged so far, says the operator.
Based in Stains, in Seine-Saint-Denis, the French start-up will complement Vélib, of which 30% of the fleet is electric, and ahead of Jump Bikes, which was bought in spring 2018 by Uber. The VTCiste – an American company, which is already present on the shared electric bicycle market in San Francisco and Washington and is considering deploying an identical fleet in Paris during 2019. The service is planned to run on the same application as its taxis.
This post was translated from French. The original version was published on Ville Rail Transports. Photo credit – public domain.