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Monaco gives mobility a boost with e-bikes

The Principality is rolling out 300 electric pedal-assist bikes from PBSC and 35 smart charging stations as a key part of its smart city strategy.

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The pedal-assist e-bikes will help riders traverse Monaco's hilly terrain
The pedal-assist e-bikes will help riders traverse Monaco's hilly terrain

The Principality of Monaco has introduced an electric pedal assist bike-share scheme to help reduce congestion in the city centre and bridge any gaps that exist in the current transportation infrastructure.

 

According to Monaco, the project represents a key part of its smart city programme, promoting low-carbon mobility.

 

Suitable for hilly terrain

 

The Boost e-bike from urban mobility solutions provider, PBSC Urban Solutions, was selected for the suitability of its pedal-assist technology to handle the principality’s hilly terrain.

 

This latest move follows the appointment of PBSC to redesign Monaco’s current bike-share system.

 

The total roll-out of Boost e-bikes is slated at 300 along with 35 smart charging stations and the bike-share network will be expanded to encompass the whole of Monaco.

 

Meanwhile, the existing bike-share system will be rebuilt from the ground up with completely new technology and rebranding.

 

The MonaBike system offers several brand-new features to optimise user experience. A mobile app, with real-time mapping of stations and bike rental features to make it easy for riders to locate and rent the nearest available e-bike.

"[It is] a true micro-mobility solution that will reduce congestion in the city centre while also providing a great option for the 6.2 million people who flock to the principality each year”

The new QR code on the e-bike will allow users to rent and return a bike faster through their smartphone. PBSC will also be offering its valet station feature, whereby bikes can be relocated and rented out independently of stations.

 

“We are so excited to bring Monaco a fully electric bike-share system, a true micro-mobility solution that will reduce congestion in the city centre while also providing a great option for the 6.2 million people who flock to the principality each year,” said Luc Sabbatini, CEO, PBSC Urban Solutions.

 

“Bike-share is a perfect way to get around and take in the sights and all that the Rock (Le Rocher) de Monaco has to offer.”

 

Soft and shared mobility

 

PBSC is working directly with Compagnie des Autobus de Monaco (CAM), to enable residents and commuters to take advantage of all resources available to them through Monaco’s public transportation network.

 

By the end of the summer, the MonaBike network will be integrated into a multimodal transportation app, encouraging the use of “soft and shared mobility”.

 

PBSC said MonaBike is also being made compatible with the current transit card, allowing users to rent and return bikes. Some of the stations will be placed in underground parking lots, inviting commuters to park their cars and use the e-bikes, in a bid to help solve the first mile/last mile problem.

 

“This deployment of a new bike-share solution is the result of decisions taken nine years ago,” added Roland de Rechniewski, director of operations, CAM.

 

“In June, we will be doubling the number of stations and tripling the number of bikes, raising accessibility through extended functionalities from PBSC.”

 

Compagnie des Autobus de Monaco is the concession-holder of Monaco’s public transportation network since 1939. It is actively involved in reaching the sustainable and responsible goals set by the Monaco government.

 

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