Lhe German micromobility company Tier will deploy 1,500 shared electric bikes in Brussels, in addition to its more than 4,000 existing electric scooters, it announced on Wednesday. These two-wheelers are the latest additions to a shared mobility offer that is constantly expanding in the capital, while reflection is underway in the Brussels Region regarding the rules for parking these vehicles.
The first Tier bikes, which offer pedaling assistance up to 25 km/h, are made available to users in the 19 Brussels municipalities from this Wednesday and the fleet will gradually increase to reach 1,500 units, details the company. This is said to be now the second largest multimodal mobility provider in the capital behind Dott and its some 6,300 machines (scooters and bicycles), according to data from Brussels-Mobility dating from the end of June.
In addition to these two actors of free floating, there is also Bolt, which has been offering 900 free-fleet bikes in the Region since the end of June. Billy Bike, on the other hand, had to put an end to its activities a few weeks ago.
Brussels-Mobility also lists Blue-Bike’s “back-to-one” shared bicycles, which must be returned to the place – a station – where you borrowed it, and the Villo!, which can be returned to one of many stations across the capital.
As in other cities, Brussels has a few compulsory parking zones, recalls Tier. The others come under the system of free floating. But that could change in the coming months. A global ordinance on micromobility is indeed making its way to the Brussels parliament, according to the office of the regional Minister for Mobility, Elke Van Den Brandt (Groen). In this context, consultation with the various municipalities is in progress in particular on the drop-off and parking areas for shared bicycles (drop off areas).
Also taking into account scooters and shared electric scooters, Brussels-Mobility has a total of nine operators who operate without a station with more than 23,000 devices.