i16: Electric Bike Renting Scheme Across City
I suggest implementing an electric bicycle renting scheme across the city with frequent stations where citizens (and visitors) can rent an e-bike and then leave it at the next station close to their destination. E-bikes should be offered along with conventional bicycles. Renting can work through an app. For it to be successful, the network of stations needs to be dense. Also, I would like to see e-bikes available to rent with children seats and cargo e-bikes. A similar scheme exists for instance in Verona, Italy, see here: https://bikeverona.it/en. Vouchers should be given to low-income households.
We need to move away from excessive private car usage, particularly within the city, for climate change reasons, for health reasons (air pollution) and for aesthetic reasons. While the expansion of public transport such as buses is quite important, people do like their independence and for that reason often prefer cars, so e-bikes could be a more attractive solution as it allows for greater personal control (no need to wait for the bus) while avoiding all the issues that come with car usage. Also, people may prefer to avoid packed public transport. Bicycles have the additional benefit of providing an exercise opportunity, but for people who are not very fit, e-bikes are needed given the hilliness of the roads and general preference in the population for low-impact workouts. Offering e-bikes with child seats given families with small children access to this service. And offering cargo e-bikes for rent would allow people to use the e-bikes to transport small goods (e.g. shopping).
- Safe Cycle Lanes: Yes, safe cycle lanes are indeed needed. Though I don't think it's one of the other. I would hope, that if the city commits to implementing a e-bike renting scheme they will also make sure they expand bike lanes network to encourage the usage of these bikes. Maybe a separate initiative on this would be good?