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Montreal is Canada’s second-largest city, and the largest Francophone metropolis in the Americas. With its diverse heritage, Montreal has flourished as a recognized center for artists and creative industries, but also as a leader for sustainable mobility and intelligent transportation.

During the summer of 2020, the city crossed an important milestone in terms of micromobility. A pioneer in the world of bike sharing, Montreal became one of the first cities in North America to launch a large-scale e-bike fleet, when it partnered with PBSC to launch 1,000 E-FIT bikes. …


Britain’s capital is home to 9 million people. It is a bustling, vibrant, and fast-growing city. This smart city has a long history of innovation and ambitious investment in its transit system. London’s Tube, dating back to 1863, was the first of its kind and today 37% of trips made in the city are on public transit. Novel initiatives like the congestion charge are aimed to reduce the heavy traffic flow in the city’s streets and noise pollution.

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With many commuters using private vehicles, London was and remains one of the most congested cities in the world. In fact, the average car trip is only 2 miles long, but happens at the low speed of 6 mph. This overcrowding challenge, which has only become more pronounced in recent years, made London a perfect candidate for a widely available and reliable bike share system. City officials jumped on the opportunity and launched one in 2010. Mayor of London at the time, Boris Johnson, rolled out the program, which was later dubbed the Boris Bikes in his honor. …


Cities will now be able to securely dock and charge various types of e-scooters in the same PBSC smart-stations that accommodate our bikes and e-bikes

PBSC has invested millions in research and development to not only use cutting edge technology, but also create a solution that is highly customizable. Our over 7,000 smart-stations around the world adhere to the highest quality standards and together provide 150,000 smart docks across 4 continents. We’re also aware that micromobility goes beyond bike-sharing, and that cities need a comprehensive, compatible solution to successfully integrate different types of micromobility vehicles. …


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Our city spotlight series focuses on different cities around the world that are partnered with PBSC Urban Solutions for their shared micromobility needs. We’ll focus on these smart cities, and deep dive into how our technology and innovation has empowered the success of their bike-sharing systems.

Colloquially referred to as the gateway to the South of France, and capital of the Drôme region, Valence is a truly charming city. Popular among tourists for its beautiful architecture, it is home to the ancient Cathedral of St. Apollinaris built in the 11th century, pleasant pedestrian squares and shopping streets, and a quaint old city. In the summer, the area is part of the Tour de France route.

Valence Romans Deplacements is the authority who owns, manages and develops public transit in the region. …


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Our city series focuses on different cities around the world that are partnered with PBSC Urban Solutions for their shared micromobility needs. We’ll focus on these smart cities, and deep dive into how our technology and innovation has empowered the success of their bike-sharing systems.

Barcelona is Spain’s second largest and densest city, home to over 5 million people. It has a rich history and a strong identity, while being modern and well organized. It’s a beautiful example of how deeply rooted traditions can meet the ideas of a future-oriented Smart City. The local government strives to adapt urban space more equitably between modes of transport, providing more comfort and safety to those traveling on foot, on a bike, and on public transit. The city has invested in plans to improve mobility and livability while staying true to its heritage. …


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In the face of the COVID-19 health crisis, the bike is emerging as a top transportation choice around the world. Cities are transforming to accommodate more cyclists on the road and we think bike-share is set to surge.

As cities around the world start to ease lockdown restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, governments from New Zealand are rushing to erect dedicated bike lanes and walkways so that residents may practice physical distancing while commuting and exercising. In Paris, 650-km of emergency bike lanes will traverse the city and the French government is providing individual citizens with €50 to get their old bikes fixed in an effort to promote active travel. The initiative is part of a €20-million investment to cover bicycle repairs and increase bike storage post quarantine. …


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Barcelona’s BICING bike-share system uses PBSC’s e-charging infrastructure and a mix of bikes and e-bikes.

Powering shared e-bike and e-scooter networks shouldn’t be hard for users, operators or cities. Re-introducing the station, the simple solution to the charging problem.

In the past 18 months, we’ve seen demand for electric bike-share skyrocket. From Monaco and Dubai, which opted for 100 per cent electric, to the mixed fleets in Barcelona and Valence, e-bikes have been part of every deliverable in our recent history.

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An electric charging station in Dubai. The newly-launched Careem Bike is made up of our E-FIT e-bikes. Image: RTA

When we started developing our first e-bike system in 2016, after close to a decade as a human-powered, station-based, public bike-share provider, we had three priorities: safety, reliability, and convenience. We also wanted our system’s users to have fun! …


Ten years ago PBSC Urban Solutions changed the landscape of urban mobility forever. The revolution began quietly at first, with just one city, but not long after a second joined in, followed by a third, and now more than 27 others. A revolution that started in the streets of Montreal is now global, with cities across the world riding with us. From Rio de Janeiro to London, Guadalajara to Chicago, we’re crossing borders and hopping continents. What can we say, we love to start a trend.

A DECADE ON AND GOING STRONG

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PBSC’s ICONIC bike, the BIXI bike model, is celebrating its 10th birthday and all these years later is still considered the industry standard in style, safety and quality. The ICONIC is truly representative of Montreal, its design a direct result of the creativity, innovation and talent that abounds in this city. Built with a durability that exceeds expectations, the original ICONIC bikes introduced a decade ago for BIXI are still in use today. Can you imagine all the ground they’ve covered, all the stories they’ve been a part of? …

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