This story about bike sharing was first published by CleanTechnica
Are you are interested in more mobility alternatives? Interested in car sharing and bike sharing? Like the train? If you are in Germany, the “New Mobility World” might interest you. Ford is offering one app to use a bikesharing or carsharing system in the country. It is the first carmaker to be involved in a bikesharing project in Europe, according to the press release, which is part of a collaboration with Deutsche Bahn. Together, they are offering 3,200 FordPass bikes in the service.
The FordPass app helps you find the nearest available bicycle and pay for it online. On the carsharing side, the app it even more versatile than that — you can find parking spaces and can even find the lowest fuel prices at nearby garages. (Of course, better to bike or drive electric.)
Bicycling increases circulation and improves well-being. One of the most invigorating and stimulating activities available to us is also a means of transportation.
Since 2013, Deutsche Bahn and Ford of Germany collaborated on a carsharing service. In August, Ford announced 100,000 free one-year Call a Bike memberships for its customers to supplement that. Deutsche Bahn Connect will operate the new service and handle customer inquiries for the fleet of brand new FordPass branded bikes. The bicycles can also be rented via the Call a Bike app.
“As a mobility provider, we will collaborate on sustainable solutions that supplement the transportation system in a way that makes sense, particularly in inner-city areas. For this reason, we are launching the FordPass bike sharing service together with Germany’s market leader, Call a Bike,” said Steven Armstrong, group vice president and president, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Ford Motor Company, announcing the partnership at New Mobility World, the forum on future mobility at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt.
The program is designed to make it easier for people to pedal their way to their destination, cutting down on pollution and congestion while promoting better health outcomes for riders.