European shared mobility sector enjoys strong summer, report finds

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The European shared mobility sector saw a 25 per cent increase in ridership levels this summer when compared with the same period in 2020.

This is according to the latest fluctuo European Shared Mobility Index, which analysed rental bike, e-scooter, e-moped, and car user trends across 16 key cities between July and September 2021.

The report revealed a peak of 400 trips per minute in September, with Berlin surpassing Paris as the city with the biggest shared vehicle fleet.

Paris remains at the top in terms of bikeshare while Barcelona is the leader in terms of e-mopeds, but shared e-scooters now make up half of all vehicles available for hire.

Around 18 million shared mobility trips were taken in September, up from 16 million in the same month last year, the equivalent of a 13 per cent increase.

“We’re used to seeing a spike in shared mobility trips as Europeans embrace the warmer weather but the results this year are unprecedented”, said fluctuo CEO Julien Chamussy.

“There is a real confidence in the industry that shared mobility has survived the worst of the pandemic and is now cementing itself as a legitimate, long-term transport solution for cities of all sizes.

“Over the past 3 months, we’ve seen some big public tenders awarded, we’ve seen new regulations brought in and we’ve seen some of the grey areas in shared mobility policy disappear. I think how individual operators adapt and respond to these changes will definitely be something to watch closely in the months ahead”.

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