After several months of withdrawal, the company Indigo Weel will redeploy 350 self-service bicycles in the streets of Toulouse. The 500 self-service electric scooters are still available.
Indigo Weel, the operator of electric scooters and self-service bicycles, present in Toulouse since 2018, is preparing to redeploy 350 bicycles. A few dozen copies will be released this weekend in the streets of the Pink City, and all 350 copies should be available at the beginning of October.
The company, scalded by the damage to its bikes, and slowed down by the Covid period, has decided to modify its fleet. “We have reinforced certain weak points of the bike, such as the spokes of the wheels, which are now more robust, as well as the basket,” explains the company. Just two years ago, the fleet reported over 1,300 bikes. The company decided to downsize, but to persist in the Pink City. This is not the case for the cities of Bordeaux and Lyon, where Indigo Weel has withdrawn its bicycles, in 2020. In a few months, the city of Toulouse will launch a new call for tenders for the rental of self-service bicycles. . Faced with the juggernaut JC Decaux and its VélÔToulouse, Indigo Weel wants to position itself.
Soon secure bicycle parking spaces
The company will soon receive another project: secure parking spaces for bicycles, in the open parking lots of its parent company Indigo. The Capitole parking lot for bikes, which has nearly 500 spaces, could be the first to come into operation. “We will have enclosed, secure and paid spaces, unlike the current service. The range of services would be strengthened, with spaces for repair, inflation and personal lockers, ”the company assures us. Five Indigo car parks in Toulouse, the names of which have not been communicated, will have obtained secure spaces.
Regarding its offer of electric scooters, Indigo Weel costs around 500 vehicles. The engines are now present in downtown Toulouse but also in the districts of Lardenne, Saint-Martin-du-Touch and Saint-Simon, and in the towns near Tournefeuille and Balma. Scooters are also available at Toulouse-Blagnac airport.
The Capitol wheelchairs not renewed
It should be noted that the experiment with self-service electric wheelchairs, launched in June 2019 in the Capitole car park, has not been repeated. This chair was made available to anyone with reduced mobility, to leave the car park and move around the city center. After 18 months of testing, the demand was not considered sufficient to maintain this service.