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Shared mobility operators in dispersed order facing the coronavirus crisis

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If a few have maintained their service to help caregivers, such as Vélib ’in Paris, Vélov’ in Lyon, or even Cityscoot, the majority of players have suspended their activity.

A Vélib user ', Place de l'Opéra in Paris, March 21.
A Vélib user ‘, Place de l’Opéra in Paris, March 21. FRANCK FIFE / AFP

“Only travel if it is essential.” Tuesday afternoon, Vélib ’sent a message to its subscribers reminding in passing “As a public service”, it kept turning “For all professionals who are forced to travel because of their missions”. The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, even announced that, in the capital, rentals would be free for hospital staff. Should these shared mobility services be suspended (bikes, scooters, scooters, etc.) when the virus can remain active for a few hours on surfaces (handlebars, frame, battery, etc.) handled by customers? Or on the contrary to maintain this activity which makes it possible not to take public transport, vector of propagation of Covid-19?

All the operators asked themselves the question. It is up to them to choose because legally a decree taken mid-March allows them to continue their activity. Many public services have followed the example of the Paris self-service bicycle system.

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