Kortrijk welcoms smart bike sharing
From September 1st the city of Kortrijk starts offering free floating bike sharing with the Mobit smart lock. The city of Malines announced already earlier it would introduce 200 to 400 free floating shared bikes from Belgian startup Mobit too.
The smart lock can be opened or locked by means of a smartphone app. “Users subscribe to the app, they pay a guarantee of 49 euro and they upload an amount to be able to ride with the bikes for a certain time”, says Axel Weydts (sp.a), alderman for Mobility in the city of Kortrijk.
With the app the 200 Belgian made Oxford bikes can be located, because users can leave the bikes on their destination, waiting for the next user. “By scanning the QR-code on the orange lock, the lock will open”, shows Bernard De Groote, Mobit CEO.
The rental charges depend on the distance and the time of the journey. Prices are not fixed yet but it will be very democratically, rather in cents than in euro the Mobit CEO says. These bikes should be used for short distances in the city center.
By tracking them via GPS, there is theft prevention and the city knows which streets are popular for cyclists. Users are informed about the number of calories they burnt during cycling and the locks are recharged by a small solar panel.