Bird, Lime, Txfy, Voi… These names might not sound familiar at first, but they really are changing the shapes, and the atmosphere of your streets. Mainly coming from the United States, those scooters start-ups are bringing a new form of uberization in our cities. “The systems offer dockless vehicles which users find and unlock via a mobile app which knows the location of available units via GPS and radio.” (Wikipedia.com) The users are charged corresponding to the distance or the time they used the vehicles.
They all have different offers, and experience. According to Numerama, we can get to know better the offer. They compare, for you, the different services actually present in Paris and shows the varieties of scooter services available.
The electric scooter market is booming, we can explain the phenomenon thanks to uberization of society. Regarding Le Figaro’s article, the scooter market increased its yearly sales by +129% in 2018. It now represents 111 million euros. This can be explained by a real need for light-weighted and versatile vehicles for the consumers in urban areas
According to Les Echos’ article this market has more than doubled in 2 years. This can be explained by this trend around the start-up companies for scooter sharing. The use of these vehicles has been democratized thanks to them.
The electric scooter is so popular that these companies decided to expand in other French cities such as Marseille. According to France Bleu, Lime has now deployed a fleet of more than 500 scooters all over the city of Marseille, in just a short period of time, because they started their expansion in January 2019 in the oldest French city.
Start-ups helped the concept developing itself all over the world, consequently scooters have been spread in now many cities of different countries. It answers to a need created within an urban population, community. It’s fast, efficient, and extremely convenient and versatile. One of the main advantages is that it pollutes way less than a car, or motorcycle, because it works with electricity.
New service in our streets, it’s mainly seen as an improvement for the life of the community, in terms of the multiplicity of transport systems, and ecology. Despite its positive sides, there are also issues to be solved with these new systems. Those scooters don’t have any specific regulations, and so sometimes users can put themselves in dangerous positions. Corresponding to Franceinfo, 284 people got injured, and 5 were killed within 1 year. Regulations are so not existing that a woman was found driving an electric scooter on the Parisian “périphérique” (VIDEO).