PARIS, France – The 20,000 Vélibs including the 1,800 docking stations in the French capital will be replaced in 2017-2018. The city of Paris awarded the bicycle hiring scheme to a new operator, the French-Spanish consortium Smoovengo.
Paris Switches Vélib Operator from JCDecaux to Smoovengo
Vélibs are very common in Paris’ streets. That’s to change in 2017-2018. – Photo Bike Europe
The Vélib system was launched in 2007 as was awarded for ten years to outdoor advertising firm JCDecaux. “Smoovengo would provide lighter and stronger bicycles, a third of which will be electric, to Paris and surrounding municipalities under a 600 million euro contract that will run from 2018 to 2032,” reported a Paris city official to Reuters.
Insiders report that the decision was approved by an overwhelming majority of the Paris city council after the Joint Tender Board ranked Smoovengo’s offer as the number one. Read more here.
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