The Billy Bike shared electric bicycle platform in Brussels will offer free trips of less than 20 minutes every Sunday this coming summer, the company announced on Wednesday in a press release. By doing this, the company intends to “encourage as many users as possible to try their hand at using electric bicycles”.
Trips of less than 20 minutes will be automatically and fully refunded every Sunday of the summer. Billy Bike currently has 150 shared self-service electric bicycles in Brussels. While only the municipalities of Etterbeek, Ixelles, Saint-Gilles and the city of Brussels are currently covered by the company, the service plans to expand to other municipalities in the near future.
Several platforms are competing for the Brussels market for shared electric bicycles. While Billy Bike was the first to arrive in Brussels at the beginning of the year, it now faces very stiff competition. Since then, Uber has spread a fleet of 500 electric bicycles in the capital under the Jump brand. For its part, Villo will soon be introducing “e-Villo”: 1,800 of the 5,000 Villo bikes in service will be replaced this summer by electric bicycles.