PARIS (Reuters) – The Paris region plans to launch a large fleet of electric bicycles in a state-funded scheme aimed at getting commuters to cycle to work and reducing congestion and pollution.
FILE PHOTO – A sign marking a parking place for bicycles is seen in Strasbourg, France June 27, 2018. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler
From September 2019, regional transport agency Ile-de-France Mobilités (IDFM) will provide up to 10,000 e-bikes for long-term rental, with a view to expanding the scheme to 20,000, which would make it the world’s largest e-bike rental program.
The aim of the “Veligo” service is to encourage bicycle commuting, which at the moment accounts for only 1.6 percent of daily trips in the Ile-de-France area.
Veligo will be run by a joint venture including the postal service and transport firm Transdev under a six-year contract. it will have a budget of up 111 million euros ($127 million).
It will complement Paris’ Velib scheme, which has served as a model for…