Photo: bike Mevo | Photo by: Konrad Kędzior
The LOCALISED partner Metropolitan Association Gdańsk-Gdynia-Sopot is introducing city bikes to the streets as an additional climate measure to complement the public transport ones.
The MEVO 2.0 Metropolitan Bicycle System allows residents of the 16 communes of the Metropolitan area Gdańsk-Gdynia-Sopot participating in the project to rent two types of two-wheelers, electric and traditional, after paying the appropriate fee using a mobile mobile application. This project will promote the usage of bicycles as a means of transport, reducing traffic jams and having a positive impact on the health of residents.
The Mevo 2.0 Metropolitan Bicycle System is an innovative urban bicycle project. MEVO is a modern 4th generation system based on battery replacement technology. Used batteries will get a “second life” and the system will be operated exclusively by zero-emission vehicles or cargo bikes. The system currently includes 2,100 bicycles (1,600 with electric assistance and 500 traditional ones) in 16 communes. Ultimately, the system is expected to cover about twice as many bicycles. It is possible to rent both electrically assisted bicycles and the classic, unassisted version.
Bicycles under the MEVO system feature high-end water resistance, and the cover protects the battery by protecting it from mechanical damage and heat. The bikes have tubeless tires that do not require air refilling; they also have a speed and charge meter, a phone holder, an inductive charger, tubeless wheels and an automatic transmission. Riding comfort is aided by the bike’s automatic gearing system, which simplifies operation and eliminates the risk of damaging the shift handle. Moreover, it has a charge and speed meter.
Under the MEVO 2.0 system, residents of the metropolitan area can use regular or assisted electric city bicycles after paying a fee. MEVO is included in the testing phase. The system is a promotion of the bicycle as an environmentally friendly means of urban transportation, a way to reduce traffic congestion and for the benefit of residents’ health.
Currently, the MEVO 2.0 project is in the second phase of external tests to implement a public city bike system. A multi-stage testing system is necessary before MEVO is fully launched. 25 traditional two-wheelers and 75 electric vehicles were checked. The functionalities of the mobile application, the project website and the Supervision and Reporting System were verified. Then external tests began on a group of 80,000 registered users. They are just one step away from fully launching the MEVO 2.0 system.
Photo: the Mevo bike parking station in Kartuzy