This Is The New Transport Trend Sweeping Europe
Before the pandemic, the number of cycle lanes and on-demand bike share schemes were rocketing across Europe. Shared public transport–scooters, bikes, cars–worked on the assumption that people in modern cities wanted to jump on whatever transport was available nearby, using an application, and leave them at stations or spaces when finished.
But there is a new trend, fuelled by Covid-19 and the rise in popularity of e-bikes; in a pandemic, people don’t want to rub shoulders with anyone else, they don’t want to share transport with people they don’t know and they need to not be sweaty or out of breath when they arrive at their destination.
Now, as countries clear roads for cycle lanes, and investors pour money into new European transport, it seems the public is ready for a new transport model for cycling–that of longer-term bike rentals, via a subscription service.
EU cities, like Paris, are investing in cycle lanes…
Anne Hidalgo was reelected to office as Paris’ mayor three months ago for a second term–a term in which she is determined to stamp her environmental credentials, particularly before the Olympic Games arrive in 2024.
In an interview with French newspaper, Le Parisien, she stated her intent to double down on environmental projects stating “you can forget traveling from east to west through the city by car.”
50km of cycle paths were created when France came out of lockdown in May–dubbed ‘coronapistes’ by the press–but Hidalgo intends to add another 10km to these and make them permanent. The makeshift yellow markings, will in time, become permanent blocks.
Hidalgo intends to focus on two major mobility projects–one is to reserve a