There’s a lot to love about Paris. Whether it’s the delectable cuisine, romantic ambiance, fabulous hotels, or world-famous attractions, there’s no doubt that the French capital is one of the finest destinations to visit in the world. But what can be particularly dreadful is the traffic, which is one reason why you’ll find many locals getting around by bicycle or moped. For travelers, having immediate and temporary access to either was previously impossible, but that has all begun to change in the past few years and Uber is making it easier than ever for their users to get around the city.
What started as a ridesharing company has quickly become a one-stop shop for just about every mode of transportation. In Paris, the company launched electric bikes and scooters last April, providing not only a convenient way to get from point A to point B, but a fun one, too. And the two-wheeled options aren’t stopping there. This morning, Uber has announced that they’ll be partnering up with Cityscoot to offer on-demand mop in the City of Light.
The mop will be displayed in the app using a blue icon.
The mop, made by Govecs, are all electric. Eco-friendly modes of transportation have become a subject of increased importance, but particularly in the French capital. Esther Porte, Uber’s product marketing manager on new mobility, notes that “the congestion in Paris is getting worse and worse, and so [the mop are] another way to get around. And the fact that it’s electric, green, and environmentally friendly is super important for [Uber], but also for Parisians.” (Local authorities have vowed to ban all petrol- and diesel-fueled cars by 2030 and the mayor recently announced that the city’s first four Arrondissements will go car-less once per month.) Each of the mop comes equipped with a skirt that goes over your legs and has a clear, touch-enabled pouch where you can keep your phone. Tucked away in a compartment under the seat you’ll find a helmet, hairnets, and a reflective vest. Riders will have to bring their own gloves, however, which are required to be worn by law.
Upon making your reservation, you’ll receive a four-digit pin code that you type into a keypad on the moped.
When reserving a moped, you’ll be required to scan your driver’s license for verification. Once approved, you’ll have 10 minutes to pick up your bike by entering the four-digit pin code presented in the Uber app. For first-time riders, Cityscoot offers training courses in Paris, but there are also detailed instructions in the app, including notes on traffic laws and an emphasis on safety measures. The mop are also capped at 45 kilometers per hour so that you’re not zooming off at unexpected spe. And included in your 0.29 euro (about 32 cents at the current exchange rate) per minute rate is an insurance plan by Allianz so that you’re covered in case of any accidents.
The app will provide detailed instructions on how to use the moped in addition to safety taps.
The mop will be available to book in the Uber app starting in November and while there are currently no set plans on expanding to other cities, Billy Guernier, Uber’s head of new mobility platform, isn’t crossing anything out. “Moped sharing in particular is a big market in Europe, it’s starting to be big in the United States, and there are signs that it’ll be big in Latin America and potentially Asia. So we’re excited about the possibilities and we think it’s a really nice complement to the business that we’re already in,” says Guernier. We’ll just have to wait and see what the transformative company has up their sleeves next.