From the French Hub, some interesting news regarding mobility patterns and initiatives during the COVID-19 crisis in Paris.
- Hard times for shared mobility solutions: many operators are limiting their services, firing their employess and experiencing losses: CityScoot, Uber Jump, Voi, Bird https://www.latribune.fr/entreprises-finance/services/tourisme-loisirs/les-startups-de-la-mobilite-face-au-confinement-la-possibilite-d-un-desastre-843267.html; https://www.lesechos.fr/industrie-services/tourisme-transport/le-coronavirus-un-tremblement-de-terre-pour-les-trottinettes-en-libre-service-1192316 .
- The bike sharing system of Paris (Velib’) now offers free bike rides for journeys under 1hr to support the sanitary personnel and other professionals fighting the crisis and providing fundamental services: http://blog.velib-metropole.fr/blog/2020/03/31/coronavirus-gratuite-des-courses-de-moins-dune-heure-a-velib-pour-les-professionnels-qui-sont-sur-le-terrain-pour-assurer-notre-quotidien/
- The public transport operators RATP and Ile de France Mobilités have put in place 22 new bus routes in cooperation with the public hospitals in order to connect hospitals to key transport stations. You can see the path of these temporary routes on this website: https://aphp.ratp.hubup.fr/
- Delivery workers represent some of the most vulnerable workers in this situation. We express our solidarity to all of them as they struggle to continue to ensure this service without protections and insurance. Here is the cover of the New Yorker by Pascal Campion Art:
Stay tuned for more news!
Image: Scooters in Paris, Source
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