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Paris launches electric scooter hire scheme
Posted on 04/02/2016

TransportFrance

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In a bid to reduce pollution, the streets of Paris will soon welcome a new fleet of electric hire scooters.

Coming summer 2016, the city of Paris will provide a new mode of public transport to its occupants. Endorsed by Mayor of Paris, Anna Hidalgo, the scheme will allow anyone over the age of 20 with a moped licence to hire an electric scooter to zip through the city' streets.

By next year, the city aims to have 1,000 scooters deployed throughout its central districts. They will be available for hire from 7am until 1am daily and will cost 3 EUR every 15 minutes of use. It will also be possible to hire helmets and gloves.

Pollution levels are at an all time high

Pollution levels are at an all time high
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The meter runs until they are connected to any of the scooter parking bays in the French capital. The scooters, made by German company Govecs, can cover about 65 miles, roughly 5 hours of driving, before they require a recharge.

The scheme is managed by Cityscoot, the first company in Europe to provide self-service scooters. It works through a simple smartphone application which sends you a code in a text message that acts as a digital ignition and uses sat-nav technology to locate your nearest available bikes and their remaining battery life.

A selection of scooters have been put on trial for a number of months and have had success with 65% of those who took part saying they would use the scheme regularly. Two-wheeled vehicles make up most of the traffic on Parisian roads already, with 21% of users saying they would be happy to switch to more environmentally friendly scooters.

The scooters are equivalent to mopeds with 50cc engines and come as another green alternative to the already existing Vélib bikes for those who don't want to cycle on the roads of the capital. With similar roads and mentality, London is being targeted as the next city to trial these scooters.

This initiative has come after the Mayor's controversial plans to gradually eliminate cars from the streets after Paris pollution levels recently hit record heights.

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