Lot: the electric bike rental service on the path to success in Figeac

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Electric bikes are on the rise in Figeac. Judiciously launched for the start of the school year, the long-term rental service run by the Figeac Ecomobilité association is a hit.

Electric bikes are on the rise in Figeac. Judiciously launched for the start of the school year, the long-term rental service run by the Figeac Ecomobilité association is literally a hit. For the past week, the distribution of brand new and fully equipped two-wheelers to the first tenants has been in full swing in the garage of the Espace Jeunes made available by Grand Figeac. At only 30 euros per month, the new service in the experimental phase until March 1, 2023 appeals to a very large audience. “We initially counted on twenty bikes, then we went up to 40. We finally managed to have 73 by emptying all the supplier’s stock but we are at nearly 150 requests today. Others continue to arrive. We had to open a waiting list,” underlines Boris Wahl, who initiated the operation.
Newly installed in Figeac, the former manager of a network of bicycle shops did not expect such enthusiasm. “We set up criteria and prioritized people who really needed a bike on a daily basis to commute to work. As the town of Figeac is a partner, we gave priority to people who live or come to work in Figeac, because the objective is to reduce car traffic” specifies Boris Wahl who hopes to meet all the requests in the long term.

” It’s a challenge ! »

Among the lucky ones selected, Delphine, a young mother living in Reyrevignes, is delighted to be able to try the experience. ” It’s a challenge ! she confides with a smile as she picks up her precious mount. Employed in Ratier-Figeac, she would like to be able to cycle to work regularly. “I have a work colleague who makes the trip from time to time. I had considered doing it and I will be able to try before buying an electric bike which still represents a budget. I would like to do it not necessarily every day but at least once or twice a week to start. I also tell myself that it can be a moment for me, to go to work and do more sport at the same time. Highly motivated, Delphine even hopes to embark her little girl on the adventure by taking her to the nanny’s thanks to a baby seat installed on the bike. “As of this weekend, I am going to try several courses and see how long I take. I have no idea what that means.” For Delphine, this rental accessible in price and possible over several months which includes maintenance and a lock is “a chance”. “I give myself two or three months to try and then return the bike so that it can benefit someone else”. The first 73 users are invited to meet on September 30 for an initial assessment. For Boris Wahl, the objective is to encourage as many people as possible to “change pace” and to commit to soft mobility. In addition to working people, retirees and teenagers are among the next audiences targeted by this unique device in the Lot.



Source: www.ladepeche.fr

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