16 June 2022 | 4 min read
In the big city, getting around is very often a cause of stress. Traffic jams, scarce parking, and long walks from public transport stop to your final destination can make even the simplest journey a true ordeal.
But what if there was an easier way?
Shared mobility offers you smart urban transportation that is tailored to your needs. Whether you need a ride for a few blocks or want to use a shared bike for your whole commute, sharing operators have got you covered!
Shared mobility is the most modern way of getting around cities using non-owned vehicles. You can choose from a variety of modes of transport, including cars, bikes, scooters, mopeds and more!
Shared mobility services are operated by mobility providers that can offer a single-vehicle or multi-vehicle fleet at your disposal, with a free-floating or a station-based type of service. To use such services, you simply need to download the operator’s app and create an account. Once you’ve found the vehicle you want to use, you can unlock it with your phone and away you go!
There are many benefits to using shared mobility services. Firstly, they can save you time and money. Commuters can avoid the hassle of owning and parking a car, and business travelers can save on expensive taxi fares.
Secondly, shared mobility services are more environmentally friendly than traditional modes of transport. They help to reduce traffic congestion and pollution in cities, and can even help you to be more active!
And finally, they offer you the flexibility to choose the right means of transport for your needs at any given moment. Whether you need a car to reach a restaurant far from your area, or an e-bike to cycle to work, there is always a shared mobility option ready to solve your problems.
There is a range of shared mobility vehicles available, including electric bicycles, cars, scooters, mopeds, and quadricycles. You can find shared mobility services in cities all over the world, so there’s sure to be something to suit your needs.
The most common and popular vehicles include:
Car ownership is not for everyone. It can be expensive and time-consuming, especially if you live in an urban area. Car sharing allows you to use a car when you need it, without the hassle of ownership.
For example, the Enjoy fleet of Fiat 500 Hybrid cars and Fiat Doblò vans available to drive in Turin, Italy, can be rented by the minute, hour, or day. This allows you to use a car for short trips around the city.
The company has also expanded its fleet with XEV YOYO electric quadricycles to allow for a greener, more sustainable form of transport.
Shared bicycles are a great way to get around cities. They’re usually cheaper and definitely faster than public buses, for example, and you don’t have to stress out about finding a parking spot since most of the time they are free floating.
Bike-sharing schemes are popping up all over the world. According to the latest Fluctuo European Shared Mobility Index, free floating bike trips are up 143% from Q1 2021.
Some highlights from the european landscape:
– Rome: RideMovi launched a fleet of 2,000 e-bikes
– London: Dott & Human Forest launched e-bikes in Hammersmith & Fulham
– Netherlands: GoSharing expanded in several dutch cities with e-bikes.
Another popular form of shared mobility for your free floating or station based service is the scooter. Their dynamicity is ideal for those who don’t want to hassle with parking in city centers!
There are several scooter-sharing businesses available, such as Bird, Lime, and Spin. Elerent is one of them. Starting from many cities around Italy, it has recently entered the foreign market with a new, scooter sharing solution around Greece!
Mopeds are going pretty well too. Just in the last 12 months, a total of +12,000 shared mopeds have been put on streets worldwide.
One of the latest examples is GO Sharing, which made 500 Supersoco CUX mopeds available in the Italian capital with a free floating model around the city. This is the first step toward a bigger scenario, since they affirmed they want to triple the sharing fleet in Rome to 1,500 e-mopeds by the end of the year.
Shared mobility is spreading like wildfire. With innovation and new technology, shared mobility is becoming more and more convenient, smart, and popular all around.
The latest data from the National Observatory on Sharing Mobility states that just in Italy there are 5,600,000 subscriptions to shared mobility services and 158 active sharing services. Today, 49 cities offer shared mobility solutions to their citizens: three times as many as in 2015.
All these options popping up are giving citizens the opportunity to indulge in the way they move around the city. Freely.