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São Paulo rolls out bike-share scheme

By early spring, the first phase of the system will be in full operation by Tembici

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Initially, 2,600 bikes and 260 solar-powered stations will be rolled out across São Paulo
Initially, 2,600 bikes and 260 solar-powered stations will be rolled out across São Paulo

PBSC, a global provider of bike-sharing solutions and sustainable urban mobility pioneer, has begun deployment of an initial network of 2,600 bikes and 260 solar-powered stations to be spread across São Paulo.

 

Brazil’s largest city is reportedly among the first South American cities to implement a large-scale bike-sharing network as part of its vision for ultramodern and interconnected urban mobility.

 

This roll-out represents the second and most major milestone of a country-wide initiative to bring the most modern bike-sharing experience to tens of millions of Brazilians across the nation’s largest cities.

 

By early spring, the first phase of the system will be in full operation by Tembici, known for its expertise in managing successful bike-share projects in South America.

 

“While Brazil is the fifth-largest country in the world, 86 per cent of its population lives in urban areas, making bike-sharing one of the most efficient and healthy ways for locals to get around,” said Luc Sabbatini, CEO, PBSC Urban Solutions.

 

“The PBSC team could not be more excited and proud to further its alliance with Tembici and Itaú Unibanco by providing the 20 plus millions of the Greater São Paulo area, as well as its millions of annual visitors, with a clean mobility alternative and an experience that everyone can love and enjoy.”

 

PBSC said the new network will be extremely accessible through various payment and unlocking options such as a smartphone application, cash payments at designated sales points, Bilhete Unico card and credit card payments directly at the docking terminals.

 

More bikes will be added and made available at major public transit hubs as the scheme continues to expand.

 

“We are very happy to introduce the most widely used system of shared bicycles in the world to Brazil,” added Tomás Martins, CEO, Tembici

 

“In addition to bringing new technology, we studied the most successful systems and applied the processes of management and distribution of the stations in the new [Itaú Unibanco sponsored] Bike Sampa.”

 

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