Bewegen is delivering the Americas’ first electrically assisted public bike-share system in Birmingham, Alabama. The first Bewegen bikes will be available to the public fall 2015. Riders will have access to a total of 400 bikes – of which 100 will be electrically assisted – across 40 docking stations. The next-generation pedal-assisted bicycles, combined with cutting-edge technology offers the ultimate shared-transportation solution.
The bikes are being built in collaboration with Bewegen’s partner Procycle, an established bicycle manufacturer and producer of the Rocky Mountain, Miele and eVox bicycles brands. The cutting edge IT solution, provided by BikeEmotion, which includes technology allowing Bewegen’s bikes to communicate and provide its location at all times through GPS. The sleek design of the bikes, docks and kiosks is signed by Michel Dallaire, the world renowned industrial designer.
REV Birmingham and their partners, the City of Birmingham, the Birmingham Regional Planning Commission and the Community Foundation, as well as the program’s sponsors, Regions Bank, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama and Alabama Power Foundation, are offering this forward-thinking transportation option for its residents and visitors.
Cities with successful bike-share systems have already seen how much these can democratize cycling and erode the old stereotypes of cyclists. With this comes revitalized city centers that are full of life and activity. Bewegen’s pedal-assist solution is set to continue this trend by attracting a larger cross section of the population. No matter how young or old, level of fitness, how smartly or casually dressed or how flat or hilly the terrain, anyone able to pedal a bike can enjoy the freedom and benefits offered by this new-take on an old mode of transport.