In Paris, the stations Vélib’ will all be replaced and recycled

The change of system of bicycle in self-service paris is going to require the renewal of the mounts, but also stations. A vast field of civil engineering that will be conducted in six months, between the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018. But what will be the destiny of the stations Vélib’ ?
Exit JCDecaux, it is now the grouping of the French-Spanish Smoovengo who will manage the fleet of self-service bicycles in the capital. A case that has caused the noise, but that should mainly result of the work. Indeed, the future service, including the bike (barely) lighter is widely touted, will also require the replacement of 1.233 stations and 40,000 terminals attached that make up this network in Paris and its suburbs. A huge undertaking that must yet be done rapidly, in order to limit the nuisance to the users of the service during the period of transition between the two systems. The Spanish Moventia manage the deployment of new infrastructure, over a period of two times 3 months, first between October and December 2017, and then between January and march 2018. The goal for the group : that while the system is operational by 31 march of the next year. Users will be able to, normally, follow the progress of the work permanently on the application.


Of stations design and fasteners to the pitch


Vélib’ gen2 © Smoovengo


According to Smoovengo, the new resorts “will integrate harmoniously into the urban landscape“. Their design would be “a compromise between the need to blend into the urban world with gentle curves (…) and the desire to make an identity“. The press kit added : “Beautiful and effective, the stations remain simple to deploy, always pleasant to look at, beautiful to simply be respected“. A way to hope that the vandals will be more respectful. However, the terminal attachment will they be replaced also, precisely in order to avoid theft and damage of bicycles. The grouping Smoovengo explained to have developed a terminal specific, in the shape of a tuning fork, where the fork of the bicycle will embed. And these terminals “can be set on the existing bases, in order to limit the work“. Interventions of civil engineering, however, will be necessary. It should be noted that the manager has announced the possibility, in certain events, to deploy in 30 minutes of the stations, temporary, with a totem pole powered by solar energy, without road works.


The contract, concluded for a period of 15 years, amounted to 600 M€ 40 M€ per year for the service. An amount to the expense of the City of Paris and municipalities adherent to the system, which, in return, will receive subscriptions for which the prices could increase strongly (+35 %) and fuel (1 € for 15 minutes instead of 30). The first half hour will remain free, and can even be extended to 45 minutes. On the other hand, the phrase “electric bike” that will represent the third of the bike park, may be up to 99 €/year.


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But what will happen to tens of thousands of attachment points can be recovered by JCDecaux, street furniture designed by Patrick Jouin and deployed since 2007 ? We learned in the columns of the Parisian that the group wants to recycle or recondition. Because the bikes and terminals still represent several hundreds of tons of steel and plastic. It is expected that some of them are offered to cities where the company will win the tender, in France or abroad “if the specifications allow this option” of recycling. The other terminals, which will not have the chance to know a second life elsewhere, will end less gloriously transformed by the use of guardrails, caddies or cans. The world of self-service bicycles is ruthless.


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