No more scooters in Paris! Alternatives, new service... We explain everything!

The bustling streets of Paris, once the scene of a colourful invasion of electric scooters, are now seeing these two-wheeled machines take early retirement. Since 1 September, they have been banned from Parisian pavements. This has raised both interest and concern among Parisians, who are wondering about the future of urban mobility. What will become of them, and what are the possible alternatives?

Une trottinette non loin de la Tour Eiffel

Une trottinette non loin de la Tour Eiffel

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A reconditioning programme

The future of the 15,000 scooters in Paris raises questions about their disposal and potential reuse. The transition to a more sustainable way of life means rethinking the management of these end-of-life vehicles. That's why every scooter collected has been repaired so that it can be put back into service as quickly as possible, and the most damaged ones will be dismantled and recycled.

The three major self-service scooter operators have joined forces, and some of the scooters will join the fleets in Bordeaux and Lille, while the remainder will be added to those in major European cities.

Des trottinettes à l'arrêt sur un trottoir dans Paris

Des trottinettes à l'arrêt sur un trottoir dans Paris

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A new long-term rental service could take over from this

Although self-service hire of electric scooters is a thing of the past, long-term hire is now taking hold with Volt, which is opening shops all over Paris. The principle is simple: you can hire a scooter in a shop or on the app for anything from half a day (€19) to a week (€175). The advantages of this method are that there's no more annoying parking in Parisian alleyways, and fewer unscrupulous users thanks to the deposit by bank imprint.

Alternatives to electric scooters

Self-service electric bikes

The good news is that only the scooters are disappearing, but the Lime, Tier and Dott bicycles still exist, just like the Vélib', and they are gaining in popularity. Several thousand bicycles are dotted around the city, enabling Parisians and visitors to get around quickly and ecologically. The buzz around shared bikes is such that they are now a major feature of the Parisian urban landscape, with numerous hire stations scattered all over the city.

Public transport

Paris's public transport network, particularly the metro, RER and buses, remains a wise choice for getting around the city. Covering the whole of the capital, easy to access and inexpensive, they remain the best alternative when it comes to speed. What's more, the city continues to invest in expanding and modernising its network to meet the growing needs of its population.

Panneau indiquant l'entrée du métro parisien

Panneau indiquant l'entrée du métro parisien

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Car-sharing and taxi services

Car-sharing services, such as BlaBlaCar, have become an attractive alternative for long-distance and occasional journeys. They offer the chance to share a vehicle with other travellers heading in the same direction, reducing costs and carbon footprint.

Finally, if your budget allows, Taxis and VTCs are a good solution for getting across town, day or night. You can hail a taxi or download one of the many apps available, such as Uber or Bolt.

Usager à l'arrière d'un VTC vérifiant son trajet sur l'application

Usager à l'arrière d'un VTC vérifiant son trajet sur l'application

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