E-Bikes in Paris are strongly encouraged.
Île-de-France Mobilités, a Paris regional shipping agency, intends to offer a long-term rental of 10,000 electric bikes from September 2019, Reuters reports on November 8. The agency aims to expand the Veligo program to 20,000 e-Bikes, making it the largest rental fleet in the world.
The region's obligation to electronic bikes comes when cities and planners around the world rethink their transit systems in order to reduce carbon emissions. Many European countries and cities are far beyond the United States in promoting and popularizing bicycles as transport options. In Paris, the Veligo program will supplement the existing Velib system for the rental of traditional pedal bikes.
"Electric bikes have huge potential," said Valérie Pécresse, head of the Île-de-France region, for Reuters. "It's efficient and eco-friendly to get to the short-distance train station that can replace the car."
European consumers are mainly buying electric bikes or pedals that require the driver to use the pedal to drive the engine. (The United States and China have previously supported e-bikes that do not require pedaling). In August, the eCycleElectric Consultants consultancy firm predicted that the EU would have sold 2 million to 3 million e-bikes a year.
Reuters said the Veligo program would cost 40 euros per month, half of which could be subsidized by employers. Pécresse said the price would allow users to test an electronic bike that can cost from 1,500 to 2,000 euros for a nice model, and maybe convince some riders to buy their own.
Paris was also one of the first European cities to receive electric scooters in shared use, with the first Lime and then Bird, which started the summer with small fleets. At the end of October, the French Ministry of Transport moved that electric scooters should not be driven on the sidewalks in place, as such behavior was endangered by pedestrians.