Ghent will benefit from e-bike and cargo bike sharing services
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The electric bike sharing company Dott and the e-cargo bike sharing company BAQME have joined forces to offer complete bike sharing solutions to the people of Ghent.
In a one-of-a-kind offer, residents of Ghent will be able to access 600 regular e-bikes supplied by Dott and up to 100 e-cargo bikes supplied by BAQME.
The two companies hope that by offering a more diverse range of vehicles, they can attract “more diverse populations” to micromobility. They also hope that this decision will position Ghent as a leader in sustainable multimodal transport.
“We are at the forefront of maturing micromobility, expanding our customer base well beyond early adopters to free cities with clean journeys for everyone,” said Joram Van Bouwel, Regional Director of Dott. for the Flemish region.
“The City of Ghent is leading the way in making sustainable transport accessible to everyone by granting this unique permit. With the launch of Dott e-bikes across Ghent, both in the city center and in the suburbs, alongside Baqme e-cargo bikes, we look forward to supporting Ghent’s reputation as a premier cycling city. Velo-City 2024 front plan.”
Initially, Dott will deploy nearly 200 e-bikes in the city center, before gradually increasing the number to 600 over the summer. The company is also offering unlimited free rides every weekend in June. Normally it costs €1 to unlock a bike with an additional €0.23 per minute.
BAQME, on the other hand, offers a free ride that can last up to an hour. Usually it costs €1.95 to unlock one of the company’s e-cargo bikes and €0.10 per minute.
Ride passes – designed to extend the reach of local public transport by reflecting their costs – are available for e-bikes and e-cargo bikes to reduce costs for commuters and regular cyclists.
All vehicle repairs, maintenance and logistics will be handled in-house by specialists at Dott’s warehouses, ensuring safety, reliability and quality.
“With a shared vision of a world where cities are designed for people, not cars, Baqme has found a natural partner in Dott for the launch of our first service outside the Netherlands,” said Berenice van Gessel, co-founder of BAQME.
“The addition of our fleet of e-cargo bikes will give Ghent residents more options to get around their city sustainably, helping them replace car journeys even when traveling with groceries, luggage or personal items.”