Hourbike and Fifteen launch new partnership to revolutionise UK bike sharing

This week sees the launch of a new partnership between Hourbike and Fifteen, two of the key players in the bike share sector.

Hourbike is delighted to announce an exclusive UK partnership with the French e-bike manufacturer and bike share provider, Fifteen. 

Fifteen is formed out of last year’s merger between Smoove and Zoov and is part of the European mobility Mobivia group. Fifteen’s name refers to the concept of the “quarter-hour city”: where all amenities (work, school, hospital, leisure, etc.) are accessible in less than fifteen minutes either on foot or by bike. 

Fifteen is bringing this concept to cities of all sizes, both large and small, thanks to next-generation electric bike services enhanced with the latest technology and designed with the requirements of real transport networks in mind.

Fifteen provide bike share schemes across the globe, with 50,000 bikes in more than 30 cities around the world. This includes the world’s largest bike share scheme in Paris (with 24,000 bikes, 1,475 stations and 360,000 subscribers) as well as in Helsinki, Vancouver, Bordeaux, Lima and Nice.

Fifteen's revolutionary sharing e-bike, Fusion

Hourbike is exclusively providing Fifteen’s revolutionary sharing e-bike, Fusion, for UK bike share schemes

Hourbike is one of the UK’s best established bike share operators running successful schemes in Liverpool, Lincoln and Nottingham. We also operate BTNBikeShare in Brighton & Hove, which has had over 3.5 million miles ridden during 1.5 million journeys since launch in 2017, making it the most successful bike share scheme in the country outside of London.

See our Brighton Bike Share Case study here

Total Bike Share service

Our experience in UK bike share has given us an understanding of how local authorities work, as well as their requirements and the challenges they face in setting up a bike share programme. 

We offer a range of bike share options including fleet supply and maintenance, network design and installation, right through to a full operation and management service for local councils. We also supply maintenance teams to keep bike share fleets fully operational with a dedicated IT package providing fleet data and analytics on usage and local travel for authorities.

Bike sharing enables residents of towns and cities to travel cheaply and conveniently, for leisure activities or the daily commute and is an ideal way for students to move between sites as well as for tourists to discover the area. 

Active travel by bike improves physical health and mental well being and by cutting out short car journeys helps to ease both congestion and parking as well as reduce transport related emissions.

French revolution

Fifteen’s experience has led to the development of the ultimate shared e-bike, Fusion.

This ultra-robust, easy-to-handle and lightweight bike incorporates cutting-edge technologies such as automatic power management for an easy ride without the need for gears, bike geolocation, self-diagnosis in the event of a fault, as well as an alarm and electronic anti-theft system. 

The Fusion e-bikes can be recharged through the world’s most compact dock which accommodates up to 10 bikes in the space of a car parking space. Neatly tessellated and locked together with electromagnets – the dock also allows for the transfer of energy from one bike to the next. 

Hourbike and Fifteen's unique ultra-compact docking system

Hourbike and Fifteen’s ultra-compact docking system can charge 10 bikes in 1 car parking space

 

Fusion is the first connected electric bike designed for both self-service and long-term rental.

This electric bike is accessed via a mobile app, allowing the user to:

  • Sign up to, manage or cancel their subscription at any time
  • Locate their own bike or a nearby self-service bike
  • Unlock and lock the bike
  • Plan and follow an integrated GPS route
  • Speak to customer service, and much more

For long term leasing the app also enables the user to:

  • Unlock and recharge the battery
  • Receive theft or low battery alerts

When operated in a fleet of shared bikes, Fusion can also be accessed via a smart transport or scheme specific card, ensuring inclusive and easy access for all potential users including those who may not be able to use, or be unable to use, or have access to, a smartphone or bank card.

Discover more about Fusion here.

Hourbike and Fifteen – a powerful partnership 

Benoît Yameundjeu, CEO of Fifteen, was delighted to be partnering with Hourbike in the UK. “We have been seeking a UK partner to help develop more sustainable mobility and active transport with all the benefits it brings to citizens and the environment. Hourbike’s track record in the UK market together with their experience of working with local authorities is a beautiful match for us. 

“Fifteen and Hourbike are aiming to support UK cities and their elected officials in their mobility transformation, for the benefit of the lives of their inhabitants,” he said.

Hourbike’s Managing Director, Paul Topham added: “We are thrilled to be working with the team at Fifteen and believe we have a powerful partnership that can revolutionise UK bike share. With Fifteen’s expertise, design excellence, build quality and unrivalled supply chain, we are scaling up Hourbike’s operational capabilities to offer the ultimate opportunity for local authorities and their citizens.”

If you would like to find out how Hourbike can help to make your bike share happen, please contact us here.