Lyon’s bike-share service Velo’v turns electric

Published: 2017/09/18 by
Lyon Metropole has presented the new generation of bike-share service Velo’V. The new bikes will be lighter and equipped with an electric motor making it much easier to cope with Lyon’s hilly terrain.


Launched in 2005 Vélo’v was the first bicycle-sharing system of its kind in France, with now a network of 4,000 bikes spread over 348 stations in Lyon and neighboring Villeurbanne, developed by street furniture company JCDecaux for Lyon Metropole. This service now has 68.500 subscribers.

The new generation of Velo’V comes with an electric motor. (DR)

Electronic lock on the new bikes

By 2018, all 4.000 Vélo’V will be replaced by new generation bicycles. By 2020, there will be 5,000 bicycles, half of which will be equipped with an electric motor located in the front wheel and a battery.

The withdrawal of the new Vélov will be done directly by activating its card on the handlebars. It will no longer be mandatory to queue at the terminal.

Increasing prices for Vélo’v rental service

The new bike also has an electronic lock without key or cable and the clamp point at the terminals will be 3 times more robust.

JCDecaux will also provide 1.000 electric bicycles for long-term rental, available in 8 future shops for 50€/month.

This new generation of bikes comes with an increase in rental rates.The subscription price is increased from 25 to 31 euros and the one-day ticket from 1.5 to 4 euros.



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