Jump is coming back to Brussels
The red electric shared bicycles of Jump should reappear on the Brussels Region’s street next week. After leaving without drum or trumpet as the coronavirus lockdown hit in late March, the free-floating service comes back under the umbrella of American e-scooter operator Lime.
“We hope to be back next week. Brussels citizens have largely modified their habits in terms of transport, with more of them cycling. We hope that they will continue to do so,” notes Benjamin Barnathan, General Manager of Lime Benelux.
Between 500 and 1 000
As of next week, Lime should reintroduce between 500 and 1 000 red bicycles in the Region of Brussels. The service will keep its visual identity. The operator hopes that their service will feed the alternative transport need craved by the Brussels citizens.
The fallen and the rise
Numerous operators offering alternative transport solutions have tried and failed in Brussels over the years. Recently, the coronavirus crisis and the lockdown haven’t helped either. In the e-scooter sector, Hive, Axio, or Circ haven’t survived. It’s the same story for Scooty or Zipcar, Ubeeqo, and Zen Car.
However, the market seems to be getting in better shape. Swapfiets has tripled its subscriber base in six months. “European capitals play the bicycle card at its fullest. We are happy to be able to bring our contribution to the cycling revolution in Brussels,” rejoices Thomas Schiltz, Brussels District Manager of Swapfiets.
Reshaped Brussels mobility scene
As of today, the Brussels shared mobility scene is composed of 1 000 Lime scooters, 2 200 from Dott, and 200 from Poppy. In the free-floating bike sector, there are 300 Billy Bikes to which must be added the future 500 or 1 000 Jump bikes and, of course, the 5 000 station-based Villo! Bicycles.
In terms of mopeds, there, Poppy has 300 of them available while Felyx has 200. Finally, Cambio makes 1 400 cars available throughout its stations while Getaround will introduce 24 vehicles, and Poppy has replaced ZipCar in Brussels with 100 cars.