Inurba Mobility is the successful bidder for the operation of the bike-sharing service in the city of Gijón (Spain) and, as a result, was entrusted with the installation and operational management of the network, which will have 250 available electrical units and nearly 50 stations. The contract was signed by both parties last week.
For this project, Inurba Mobility has chosen Fifteen, a specialist in this type of service already present in more than 30 cities around the world, as its partner, and with whom it is already working on other projects such as that of the Aix-Marseille-Provence metropolis in France. Fifteen will provide e-bikes, charging stations, software interfaces, and technical support.
To increase the modal share of cycling in daily travel in its territory, and to take advantage of its cycling infrastructure developed in recent years, the city of Gijón decided to launch this tender won by Inurba Mobility.
The value of the contract amounts to €3.8 million for this three-year period and could increase to €4.7 million in the event of an extension.
The new service is scheduled to launch in spring 2023, and bikes will be available 18 hours a day, from 6 a.m. to midnight, 7 days a week.
AMBITIOUS CHOICES FOR INCLUSIVE SERVICE
To develop the practice of cycling daily and with as many people as possible, the new fleet of self-service bicycles will be 100% electric and composed of 250 bikes (compared to 64 currently, or 4 times more) spread over 47 stations (against 8 currently, or 6 times more).
The bike proposed by INURBA MOBILITY to equip the new service is the Fusion model from Fifteen:
A maneuverable and light bike,
A range of up to 65km,
Equipped with an automatic torque sensor that avoids shifting gears and simplifies the user experience.
The service will be accessible from the mobile application Available in Spanish, English, and Asturian, it allows the geolocation of the bike, GPS guidance, and the choice of the level of assistance.
INNOVATIVE BIKES FOR OPTIMAL SERVICE AVAILABILITY
To meet the operational requirements of this network, various technologies are made available to the operator:
To optimize reallocation routes, the operator will benefit from a tool to predict demand in the various stations of the network.
To facilitate fleet maintenance, the bike is equipped with onboard software and hardware self-diagnosis system.
To preserve the service of incivility, the bicycles are secured in tamper-proof stations and are equipped with an alarm, a motor lock, and a system of geolocation.
VALUABLE DATA TO BOOST CYCLING
Thanks to the sensors on board the bike, the municipality of Gijón will have access to tools for mapping trips and monitoring service use.
Indicators such as the average travel speed, the average stopping time per kilometer, or the vibrations absorbed by the bike throughout its journey make it possible to measure the cyclability in each area of the territory.
The combined analysis of this data will be a powerful tool for improvement and decision support.
For Inurba Mobility, Jordi Cabañas, CEO of Inurba Mobility :
“We are particularly pleased that the City of Gijón has chosen us as partners for such a strategic project that will undoubtedly have a positive influence on the quality of life of its citizens and contribute to their daily commute as a necessary, sustainable, and accessible complement to the public transport already present in the city. Gijón will be the first “Inurba” city in Spain, which will help to further strengthen our consolidated position as the European leader in public bike-sharing services with 12 cities and 20,000 bicycles. And, again, we trust the bikes and technology of our partner Fifteen. Therefore, we are convinced that Gijón will become a reference city in active mobility. »
For Fifteen, Benoit Yameundjeu, CEO of Fifteen : “Gijón is very ambitious by opting for a fleet 4 times larger than the existing one, and especially 100% electric. We are delighted that our bikes, stations, and software will benefit a Spanish city for the first time. Fifteen has more than 15 years of experience in shared bike systems internationally, particularly in coastal cities (such as Nice and Marseille, in France, or Lima, in Peru) where the climatic conditions can be like those of Gijón. We have full confidence in our partnership with Inurba Mobility, a Spanish mobility player and specialist in the operation of bicycle services, to support the municipality of Gijon in the development of bicycle mobility in its territory.”