In Dijon the city will impose the maximum speed of 8 km / h in the city center with scooters for hire. Since the end of 2019, Ireine has been the only rental company for this type of machine, but others are eyeing the Dijon market. The city of Dijon therefore launched a notice of expression of interest (AMI) last spring. It intends to take advantage of this call for tenders to put some order in this rental system.
Speed and fleet limited in Dijon
Consequently, the future service provider will have to limit its fleet to 150 scooters and above all therefore respect this speed limit of 8 km / h in the hypercentre. “Electric scooter riders must adopt prudent behavior both for their own safety and that of others” Explain Nathalie Koenders, 1st Deputy Mayor PS of Dijon. “It was important for us to impose this speed limit on the next free-floating operator. He will be chosen in the coming days and the speed limit of 8 km / h will be applied throughout the historic center. ie the saved sector “.
Dijon is therefore doing better than Paris, which could restrict the speed of the scooters of its three operators to 10 km / h in a large part of its city center. “We asked for 8 km / h because it is considered to be a reasonable speed to circulate in the city center and in the hypercentre and to guarantee the safety of all” this encore Nathalie Koenders. Fabrice Fombonne co-founder of the company Ireine responded to this call for tenders and says it is ready to meet this requirement.
A logical speed limit
“Today the legislation at national level provides that we can drive up to 25 km / h. But we will limit this speed to 8 km / h in certain pedestrian areas which seems logical to me in streets such as the street of Freedom. Even if the customers are not crazy, it will avoid a use which can be dangerous if some are not careful. “
Technically this speed limit is made possible by GPS. “We are able to delimit a geographical area by computer – for example from Place Darcy to Place du Théâtre – and as soon as the scooter enters this area, its motor will automatically stop” explains Ireine’s boss. The city of Dijon will also require the future operator to define storage areas for the removal of electric scooters. No more (maybe very soon) to find abandoned machines on the sidewalks or certain streets all over town.
For the moment this limitation to 8 km / h maximum in the streets of downtown Dijon will not apply to individuals. Should such an obligation be extended to all of these devices? This is the theme of our Dossier + INFO to be found in the morning show of France Beu Bourgogne and France 3 this Friday, September 10, 2021.