In 2020, the rental of self-service mechanical or electric bikes has literally exploded. A plethora of agglomerations offer their own service in France and around the world: what applications do you need to know to quickly and easily access one of them? Here is our selection.
Today, a large number of cities have set up a self-service bicycle rental service, to give its inhabitants the opportunity to move around differently and more ecologically. While these platforms are generally deployed by the Town Hall, others are propelled by private companies.
The fact is that the bicycle is gradually establishing itself as a sustainable alternative that tends to be perpetuated. What are the main applications to know to rent a self-service mechanical or electric two-wheeler? This is the whole point of this guide. However, it should be noted that all the cities in France that have such a service do not necessarily have a dedicated application.
Vélib ‘: the classic among the classics
Yes, Vélib ‘Métropole concerns only the French capital and its inner suburbs, which nevertheless corresponds to 6.6 million inhabitants in total. This service is quite simply the benchmark within the City of Light, despite the regular technical problems encountered by users.
With Vélib ‘Métropole, you will have access to green mechanical bikes and blue electric bikes to move from point A to point B at a lower cost. The subscriptions are indeed very cheap: the V-Libre package is free, for example, but charges up to 1 euro for use exceeding 30 minutes with a mechanical cycle.
The most expensive subscription costs 8.30 euros per month, and gives you free access to an electric and mechanical Vélib ‘for 30 minutes and 1 hour, respectively. For less frequent users, 1 or 7 day passes are available to them. Vélib ‘now has 1,300 stations and more than 12,000 bicycles in circulation.
Jump (Uber / Lime): the practical but more expensive alternative
If Jump was initially the fruit of Uber’s work, its activity has since been absorbed by the specialist in electric scooters Lime, partner of choice of the Californian group. The duo decided to reinforce the emphasis on the service by offering a rental of Jump bikes on both the Lime and Uber app. The bikes are recognizable by their red graphic charter.
The Jump two-wheelers are real bikes in free-floating : on the contrary Vélib ‘, no station is assigned to them. You will therefore find them parked on the sidewalk in totally random places, indicated via a geolocation system directly available on the aforementioned applications. Calculated per minute of use and unlocking fees, the prices are more expensive than the Vélib ‘Métropole service.
bicloo, Vélo’v … your city may have an app
Because there is not only Paris in France, other large agglomerations of the Hexagon also have their service. This is the case of Nantes and its commune Rezé with bicloo, made up of 120 stations and 1,230 bicycles. Several plans are available to you: a free plan only bills you after 30 minutes of use, and other paid plans only cost between 2 and 36 euros depending on your needs. In a city on a human scale, getting on a bike and leaving your car makes even more sense.
You can also take the direction of Lyon, where the Vélo’v service gives access to 4,000 bicycles dispatched to 348 stations. Like Vélib ‘Métropole and bicloo, a package system that will adapt to your use has been deployed by the city. A long-term offer is even available to take advantage of a Vélo’v personal bike for one, two or three months – or even a year with a special formula – from 60 euros per month.
So remember to check if your city’s self-service rental service offers a mobile application, whether it’s just to find stations around you or even to unlock a bike.
Cycle Now: to find your happiness anywhere in the world
Cycle Now is a small encyclopedia on its own. This application lists several hundred cities around the world where there is a self-service bicycle service. From France to Brazil via Poland, Cyprus, New Zealand, the United States, Germany or Mexico, to quote them, the four corners of the planet are represented.
Here, it is not a question of renting a machine, but of checking whether a particular service exists in a city. If this is the case, the map then displays the geolocation of the terminals and the number of bikes available. Convenient, when traveling in sometimes unsuspected cities, to find your happiness on two wheels.