The self-service scooters in Paris, it is finished from Friday, end of the self-service scooters in Paris: between reliefs and regrets for residents | Paris news

End of self-service scooters in Paris: between reliefs and regrets for residents

“We already see an increase in the use of electric bikes,” abounds Dott, supporting figures. Between January and June 2023, the company noted an increase of 166 % the number of journeys made and 66 % of the number of users. “The coming months will allow us to determine whether an increase in the fleet is necessary and will be done with the agreement of the City of Paris and the Ile -de -France cities which host Olympic sites,” Projected Lime toParis news.

The self-service scooters in Paris, it’s over from Friday

“We make a choice of simplification, appeasement and declining public space,” said David Belliard, assistant to the town hall of Paris. Operators bet on a postponement of their customers to self-service bikes.

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Posted on August 31, 2023 at 8:07 p.m., modified on September 01, 2023 at 12:09 p.m

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The operators of self-service electric scooters in Paris finished, Thursday, August 31, to remove them from the streets. This follows five years of controversial presence, a popular vote and a decision of the socialist town hall. Self-service bikes are ready to take over.

From Friday September 1, Paris will thus become the first European capital to completely ban these self-service two-wheelers. Many Parisians and visitors have become exceeded to see them zigzag between pedestrians, even bridled at 10 km/h in certain areas, or park in the middle of the sidewalks. Multiple accidents have been awarded to them.

“We make a choice of simplification, appeasement and unclogging of public space”, explained David Belliard, assistant to the town hall of Paris, evoking a “Feeling of insecurity” Among the inhabitants, especially among the oldest. The three operators, Lime, Tier and Dott, lost their authorization to occupy public space after a “Vote” Unpublished in early April. The “no” had won almost 90 %, but only 7.46 % of people registered on the electoral lists had moved.

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The socialist mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, had herself campaigned for the vote ” against “ to reduce ” nuisances “. “It is possible to live in a big city without self-service electric scooter”, assured m. Belliard Thursday. Since August, the 15,000 devices have therefore been gradually withdrawn from the streets – only on Thursday in the streets during the day, mainly in the center of Paris – to be sent, after possible repairs, in other cities. Several of the locations for vehicles are empty or hosted electric bikes from the three operators.

“A big page that turns”

A third of the 5,000 scooters of the Tier company will remain in Ile-de-France, in ninety common around Marne-la-Vallée or Saint-Germain-en-Laye, and the rest will go mainly in Germany. Dott will send hers to Belgium or Tel Aviv. Lime green scooters will go to Lille, London, Copenhagen or several German cities. “We turned the page scooters” For the whole Ile-de-France, explains to the agency France-Presse Xavier Miraillès, director of public affairs of Lime.

The operators bet on a postponement of their customers to self-service bikes, already offered by everyone, which should allow them to avoid, at least in the immediate, layoffs. “It’s a big page that turns to tier but we prefer, rather than yielding to nostalgia, looking in front”, Indicates Clément Pette, manager of the company’s operations in France, referring to the 5,000 bikes still available.

“The development of cycling is growing” with “Perspectives (…) very interesting “, esteem m. Miraillès, de Lime, which offers 10,000 bikes. “We are open to strengthen this offer, especially as part of the arrival of the Olympic Games”, said m. Belliard.

End of self-service scooters in Paris: between reliefs and regrets for residents

As of this Friday, 15,000 self-service electric scooters disappear from the Parisian streets. A decision that shares the inhabitants of the capital.

An employee loads an electric scooter in a van on August 23, 2023 in Paris

It’s over… Since this Friday, September 1, 2023, Paris becomes the first European capital To completely ban self-service electric scooters. Bikes are now ready to take over.

“It makes me sad, I found it so pleasant”

The three operators, File, tier and dott, have lost their authorization to occupy public space in Paris. THE 15,000 devices were therefore gradually withdrawn from the streets until Friday.

A decision that is not not fully accepted By some users, such as Valérie, service user: “It makes me sad because I find it so pleasant to be able to walk around like that, of Navigate from right to left Without this stress of being by car, to be blocked. »»

Conversely, Anass, another customer believes that ” safer Whether you stop there and finally go back to cycling or people take the bus or transport in common. »» Many Parisians and visitors were exasperated to see them zigzag between pedestrians, even bridled at 10 km/h in certain areas, or park in the middle of the sidewalks. Multiple accidents were allocated to them.

A third of 5,000 scooters of the Tier company will remain in Île-de-France, in 80 municipalities around Marne-la-Vallée or Saint-Germain-en-Laye. The rest essentially goes to Germany. Dott will send hers to Belgium or Tel Aviv. Lime green scooters will go to Lille, London, Copenhagen or several German cities.

Ready to go to cycling ?

The operators bet on a postponement of their customers to self-service bikes, already offered by everyone, which should allow them avoid layoffs. “The development of cycling is growing, with very interesting perspectives“, Estimates Xavier Miraillès, head of public affairs at Lime, who proposes 10,000 bikes.

But not everyone seems ready to go to cycling. ” It’s not the same thing, It’s bigger and heavy… It’s not so agile, “deplores Amanda Rollins, an American influencer with 740,000 subscribers on Tiktok and a great amateur of scooters.

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Some regular users could opt for the purchase or an alternative day rental offer, half-day or week, such as the one announced Wednesday by the motorcycle distributor, scooters and electric scooters Volt.

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Chased from the streets of Paris, where the electric self-service electric scooters will land ?

Self-service scooters will be prohibited from Friday September 1, 2023 in Paris, but they have already started to disappear.

After Paris, electric scooters will be sent to major cities of

They are gradually erased from the Parisian landscape. Friday September 1, 2023, the ban on self-service scooters in Paris will come into force. A measure which follows the referendum of April 2023, where 89.03 % of Parisians voted against these two-wheelers who have spun since 2018 in the streets of the capital. Lime, Dott and Tier companies were then four months old to rid their 15,000 gear of the sidewalks.

A gradual withdrawal

The withdrawal of the scooters did not take place overnight. “We started the withdrawal at the end of July And there hasn’t been any since last week, “Dott told Paris news. In mid-August, Lime in turn announced “the progressive removal” of its scooters in a press release.

This one is still not finished. Tuesday August 29, 2023, three days before the total ban, scooters were always available to rental on the application. “There are still a few hundred scooters in service in the capital, and all operators organize themselves so that all the fleets are removed on September 1ᵉʳ. In all cases, the scooter service will be disabled on the Lime application, “says Lime. Tier did not respond to our requests at the time of writing.

Direction the major cities of Europe

But there is no question of putting the scooters in the trash, ensure the companies. For Lime as for Dott, the devices will be scattered through France and Europe. “Lime scooters, still in perfect working order, will be reassigned to new European destinations to the start of the school year,” announces Lime. Approximately 1,500 will go to the Metropolis of Lille, Others will go to Copenhagen, London or in Germany where “Lime continues the transition of its fleet in the country to replace the old generation of scooter in circulation”.

On the side of Dott, same speech. After their withdrawal, the scooters were “cleaned and repaired” in their operational center before being “deployed in several cities” as Bordeaux and especially Brussels “ in Belgium.

The bike remains

From now on, operators are betting everything on self-service cycling, still authorized in the streets of the capital. Lime claims a fleet of 10,000 bikes. “The number of files in lime continues to increase, demonstrating the growing popularity of our services,” said the company.

“We already see an increase in the use of electric bikes,” abounds Dott, supporting figures. Between January and June 2023, the company noted an increase of 166 % the number of journeys made and 66 % of the number of users. “The coming months will allow us to determine whether an increase in the fleet is necessary and will be done with the agreement of the City of Paris and the Ile -de -France cities which host Olympic sites,” Projected Lime toParis news.

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