Electric scooters are becoming more and more popular in Paris as an alternative to other forms of public transport. It’s a great way to get around and explore the city and it’s also environmentally friendly. So next time you need to get somewhere or simply want to explore, instead of relying on the metro or the bus, why not try a scooter?
There are two options available: electric scooters and motorised scooters.
Lime is an electric scooter sharing scheme which has just launched in June 2018 in Paris! Following its success in America (where it is already a popular mode of transport in 60 cities) Lime has decided to come to Europe. The Lime electric scooters are a smart new way to get around the city – it’s the first electric scooter rental system in Paris.
It works in a similar way to the Vélib bike sharing system, only there are no docking stations for Lime scooters. You can pick up or leave your scooter anywhere and don’t need to worry about charging it! Lime collects the scooters every night, so that they are fully charged and ready to be used in the morning.
The scooters have a maximum speed of 24km/h and at the moment are available in the 1st and 6th arrondissements. So far they are proving to be popular with both tourists exploring the city and commuters on their way to work. It costs €1 to unlock the scooter and then €0.15 for every minute of riding.
Here’s how it works:
1. Download the app to find a scooter near you.
2. Scan the bike with your phone to unlock it.
3. When you’re finished with the scooter, park it in a sensible place where it won’t disrupt traffic or pedestrians.
4. Every night at 9pm the scooters are collected to be recharged and repaired and then distributed again in the morning.
Cityscoot is another scooter sharing system which offers electric motorised scooters. These electric silent scooters are better for the environment and reduce noise and air pollution.
You don’t need a subscription, as it operates on a pay as you go system. The scooters are available 7 days a week from 7am until midnight. There are no docking stations, as Cityscoot is responsible for collecting and charging the scooters overnight. The scooters have a maximum speed of 45km/h.
There are currently 1500 scooters available across Paris, Neuilly sur Seine, Levallois-Perret and Issy les Moulineaux.
Here’s how it works:
1.Download the app to find and book a scooter near you.
2. A special code is sent to your phone which allows you to unlock the scooter, so you don’t need a key.
3. When you’re done with the scooter, you can park it anywhere. There are no docking station like the velib system.
As Cityscoot uses motorised scooters, there are some regulations. You have to be over 18 to rent the scooters and anyone born after 1988 will need to have a driving licence. Helmets are provided for safety, and there are also single use hygiene caps available. Insurance is covered in the rental price, leaving you to rent a scooter care free.
Renting a Cityscoot scooter costs €0.28 per minute (including tax and insurance). You can buy packs of minutes in advance which works out to be cheaper (€0.20 per minute). This is a good option if you intend on using the scooter for a long period of time.