For three months now, in urban areas, Zug residents have been able to rent e-bikes from the Swiss start-up Smide via an app. Following the introduction of the "Free-Floating System" in August, the bikes will now be collected up in the next few days and the experience will be evaluated.
From August onwards, residents of the City of Zug have been able to rent a fast e-bike (that can travel at up to 45 kilometres an hour) from Smide for 25 cents per minute. After completing the ride, the e-bike can be parked at any bicycle rack within a digital perimeter. After a "very successful start" in mid-August, the provider has announced that the 50 bikes were well received by the population of Zug, and were actively used. The bikes will now be collected and serviced by the Smide workshop during the cold months.
The partnerships with ZVB and the Amag are not affected by the winter break, according to the announcement, and Smide is in contact with other possible partners for an expansion to closed company fleets and tourism offers.