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The tortuous road of the Parisian scooter


STORY - In just six years, scooters have invaded the boulevards and streets of the capital. Introduced thanks to a legal void, they are now suspended.

At the dawn of a crucial referendum, on April 2, which will decide whether or not to maintain scooters in the capital, Parisians remain torn between strong enthusiasm and rebuff.

The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, does not hide her rejection of these small devices, the appearance of which in 2019 caused a small mess in the streets of the capital.

Timid beginnings in the inner suburbs

The story begins in 2017 outside the capital, in two cities in the Ile-de-France region: Montrouge and Saint-Denis.

Knot, a young French company born in 2016, is installing scooter stations there.

After the remarkable success of the vélibs launched in 2007, why not invent the “




About fifty scooters have been installed in each municipality

," recalls co-founder Arthur Keller.

A great challenge for Knot to launch self-service scooters, at a time when "

we still saw them as toys

", he adds.

The experiment, carried out in partnership with the Société du Grand Paris for Montrouge and the SNCF for…

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Source: lefigaro

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