CitiesFifteen launches the first Augmented Bike Network in the Greater Paris area
September 30, 2022

Fifteen launches the first Augmented Bike Network in the Greater Paris area

By Fifteen
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Fifteen is launching the first Augmented Bike Network in the Greater Paris area: a network of electric bikes available for bike sharing, as well as for longer term hire, operating across a large area, which can also be used in combination with public transport.

The Augmented Bike Network, the next-generation bike service that is revolutionising mobility in Île-de-France


In Île-de-France, the issues of reducing emissions, improving people's health, making regions more inclusive and reducing the proportion of household budgets spent on transport are more fundamental than anywhere else.


The latest available data from 2019 indicate that cycling represents just 2% of journeys made each day in Île-de-France (INSEE), while half of car journeys in the region are shorter than 3km. As a result, the growth potential for cycling's modal share is enormous.

Thanks to its Augmented Bike Network solution, Fifteen offers communities of all sizes a service that encompasses all the different ways that bikes can be used:

  • in town and city centres as well as the suburbs, 
  • for door-to-door journeys
  • in combination with public transport. 

They are transforming a whole range of bicycle services (bike sharing, long-term bike hire, bikes at stations, tourist bikes etc.) into one powerful tool that will boost cycling's modal share in towns, cities and the suburbs. 

Zoov and Zoov Life, a new cycling solution that breaks down the barriers of traditional services in the south of the Paris region

As of 20 September 2022, in the south of the Paris region, Fifteen is pushing the boundaries of bike services by offering a bike-sharing solution with electric bikes, charged by the minute, as well as bike hire for personal use for a month or more

  • the bike sharing service is delivered by Zoov (available in the area since 2019) 
  • while the private hire solution is provided by Zoov Life.

Zoov Life is available for €69 per month, without any commitment, and comes with a range of benefits including: 

  • insurance against theft, 
  • repairs at your home within 48 hours if you break down 
  • customer service available 7 days a week via phone or live chat... 


Learn more about Zoov and Zoov Life https://www.zoov.eu/en/grandparis 

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The fleet is divided across the 14 towns currently covered by the Zoov service: Antony, Massy, Palaiseau, Sceaux, Verrières-le-Buisson, Igny, Gif-sur-Yvette, Orsay, Bures-sur-Yvette, Bourg-la-Reine, Villebon-sur-Yvette, Saclay, Jouy-en-Josas and Saint-Aubin.


With the roll-out of this first Augmented Bike Network in France, Fifteen aims to encourage more cycling in the Greater Paris area by getting more people back in the saddle both for door-to-door journeys as well as in combination with other means of transport, thanks to a service rolled out predominantly in the immediate vicinity of RER B train stations. 

Grégoire de Lasteyrie, Mayor of Palaiseau, President of the Communauté d'agglomération Paris-Saclay and Vice-President of Île-de-France Mobilités, explains:

For Paris-Saclay, cycling is a priority, which we can achieve by implementing a whole series of measures and initiatives for the benefit of users (...) But we also need to form partnerships with private companies, as we did in 2019 with Zoov, for the first fleet of electric bikes available for bike sharing, an experience which has fully lived up to our expectations.

He continues: 

Along the same lines, Fifteen is now offering a new hire service that covers both short- and long-term needs. A new solution that I hope will encourage many people in Paris-Saclay to travel by bike!

This innovation has been made possible thanks to Fifteen's teams and technology

The bike that can cover all of these uses over a wider area is the Fifteen Fusion model: this lightweight, manageable bike has a range of up to 65km, and is equipped with an automatic torque sensor that avoids the need to change gears as well as simplifying the user experience. 

 

To make sure that bikes are available in the right place at the right time, the operations teams rely on software to predict demand at the different stations in the network.

To optimise the user experience, bikes are fitted with a system that diagnoses software and hardware issues, as well as a comprehensive security solution (alarm, engine lock and geolocation).

All these innovations are designed at the company's two development sites, in Vanves in the Paris region, and in Oullins in the Lyon region.

Bicycles are monitored and maintained by Fifteen's local team of employees, based in Villebon-sur-Yvette in Essonne.

The customer service team is based at the company's Île-de-France headquarters in Vanves in Hauts-de-Seine.

Benoit Yameundjeu, Directeur-Général de Fifteen declares :

The Île-de-France region needs a bike service that meets its energy-saving ambitions as well as the mobility expectations of its inhabitants, from Paris to the surrounding areas. In order to bring these major challenges together and offer a genuine alternative to private cars, we need to break down barriers to using bikes, across a larger area and with easy links to public transport. What we need is an ambitious regional bike service, bridging the gap between the Vélib bike sharing offer, the Véligo long-term rental service and the one-day hire service available from most RER and Transilien train stations – based on the OV-Fiets model in the Netherlands.

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