Landerneau, this year’s first ‘City of Arrival’ for the 108th Tour de France, are working on a peloton of their own. The city is demonstrating their commitment to an ambitious sustainability policy by introducing a fleet of shared electric bikes for their 15,000 inhabitants.
2021, the year of the bicycle for Landerneau
Last Thursday, Patrick Leclerc (the Mayor of Landerneau), joined by delegates for the ‘Grand Départ’ of Bretagne and the ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation) inaugurated the finish line of the first stage of the 108th Tour de France, making Landerneau the first ‘City of Arrival’ of 2021. On this grand occasion, the city unveiled a preview of the first electric bikes that will make up its self-service fleet.
This May, a fleet of 40 self-service electric bikes, distributed between 7 ultra-compact stations, will be made available to citizens at any time of day or night through a mobile app (iOS and Android). The ‘Ty Vélo’ service is the result of an ambitious policy to develop cycling in a territory that is putting more and more emphasis on active modes of transport. This scheme will enhance the existing public transport network, offering yet another alternative to cars in a bid to improve quality of life.
Companies in the area will have the opportunity to submit requests to the city to have the stations installed near their businesses, which would allow their employees to benefit from discounted prices in a bid to make taking a self-service electric bike a part of their daily routine.
An innovative system designed in France
To design and implement the service, Landerneau turned to Zoov, an innovative French company whose mission is to develop the use of bike-sharing across Europe. Zoov manufactures connected electric bikes unlock-able via an app and compact, cost-effective charging stations that thrive in tight spaces - thanks to a revolutionary inter-bike docking system. Zoov currently operates popular schemes in the south of Paris and in Bordeaux, and equipped independent operators with their technology to pilot operations in Paris and Grenoble.
100% locally managed, backed by Zoov
Landerneau will benefit from access to its own web-based management platform, allowing local agents and partners to monitor fleet status in real time, ensuring that the bikes get the love that they deserve. Day-to-day maintenance operations will be carried out through a network of local repair technicians trained by Zoov, who will pass on expertise accumulated through operating in over 15 cities with populations of 5,000-200,000+.