Building on its success, the Véligo service will beef up its game in the field of electric cargo bikes. According to Stéphane Beaudet (LR), vice-president of the region in charge of transport, their number will double within a year, he announced in the columns of the newspaper Le Parisien.
In December 2018, Frandroid presented in detail the brand new Véligo rental service, set up by Île-de-France Mobilités alongside Fluow (La Poste, Transdev, Vélogik and Cyclez). The idea of this initiative was simple: to make a real lever in favor of the ecological transition “, assured at the time Valérie Pécresse, President of the Île-de-France Region.
In exchange for a subscription of 40 euros per month, the user received his or her personal VAE for a period of six months, renewable for three months. With the objective of pushing him to the act of purchase following this period. In short, to make users like traveling by electric bike, a vehicle then likely to provide the main journeys.
In 2018, Valérie Pécresse’s ambitions were high: to reach 200,000 Ile-de-France residents between September 2019 – the date Véligo comes into service – and 2025, the date on which the contract with Fluow will end. Three years after the launch, it is clear that success is there, although the objective of 200,000 should be difficult to achieve.
More than 60,000 people seduced
The newspaper The Parisian(paid article) indeed devotes an article to the results of the service, with a series of interesting figures. As of this writing, 17,000 Véligo bikes have been put into circulation in the region. In total, more than 64,000 subscriptions have been recorded in three years, which is still a bit tight to reach the famous threshold of 200,000.
Nevertheless, the share of electric cargo bikes remains relatively low. As a reminder, a cargo bike comes in three main categories: longtails (elongated at the back), biporteurs (elongated at the front) and scooters (two wheels at the front). With it, you can transport goods, animals and even your offspring as well.
A total of 450 cargo models are now available via Veligo, which were introduced in December 2020. And within a year, their number should double. This is announced by Stéphane Beaudet (LR), vice-president of the region in charge of transport, in the columns of the Parisian.
” To meet the multiple challenges of carbon-free mobility, while continuing to meet user expectations, the fleet of electrically assisted cargo bikes (VAE) will be doubled within a year.“, can we read. It is enough to take a look at the Parisian cycle paths to see the success of this type of vehicle, which can also be purchased from Moustache, Decathlon, Tern or Gaya.
Still sluggish demand
More generally, demand for Véligo does not seem to be declining even after three years. “It is such in this new school year that we set up a waiting list in September, of about four weeks», emphasizes Agnès Presberg, Deputy Managing Director in charge of the development of Véligo Location, always forThe Parisian.
This waiting list system is not new. In September 2020, Véligo had also been a victim of its success, forced to put 7,500 people on the waiting list.
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