It wasn’t just goodbye after all. It’s been a month sinceIndigo Weel had withdrawn its self-service bicycles and scooters from the pink city. A decision which had been taken after the fire in one of its warehouses, in Colomiers, on the night of Monday 13 to Tuesday 14 December last. While this measure was to be temporary, it will not be. Indigo Weel definitively leaves the Toulouse region.
“A painful decision”
It’s a page that turns for the company of self-service bicycle and scooter rental. Installed since 2018, the subsidiary dedicated to soft mobility had deployed more than 800 two wheels in the pink city, allowing Toulouse residents to move freely along the pink bricks. This time, the company is charting its course. “A painful decision”.
Contacted by The Independent Opinion, the Indigo Weel company communicated: “a detailed impact analysis, after the fire that ravaged its operational base in Colomiers on December 14, led INDIGO Weel to renounce to resume its activities in Toulouse and in the agglomeration“. Confirming his departure, the company wanted to “thank the Metropolis of Toulouse, the cities of Tournefeuille, Balma and Colomiers for the confidence shown”, since its beginnings as well as the “30,000 active users“of the network.
A refund campaign for subscribers
However, this was not the first time that Indigo Weel interrupted its service temporarily. The company had already had to interrupt his service for several months due to damage to their vehicles. This time there will be no going back. Before hitting the road, Indigo assures: “the group will support its customers and its teams in this transition”. Thereby, an automated refund campaign will open in a few weeks for customers witha balance of credit. The terms will be communicated by email.
While the establishment of the service had created jobs in Toulouse, Indigo Weel “is working to facilitate the reclassification of its Toulouse teams in the workforce ofINDIGO Toulouse on the one hand, and with new operators who is going to settle in Toulouse, on the other hand. Discussions in this direction are engaged”, a press release from the company.
A fire in a warehouse
An event motivated the departure of Indigo Weel. A fire broke out in Colomiers on the night of Monday December 13 to Tuesday December 14 in a warehouse belonging to Indigo Weel. This space was dedicated to the repair of electric bicycles and scooters, in particular their lithium batteries. Despite an impressive blaze, which resulted in the destruction of 1,500 m² of hangar, no injuries is not to be deplored. Hundreds of firefighters were on the scene. That night, part of the hangar went up in smoke, along with the company’s chances of resuming its activity in the pink city.
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