Electric Bikeshare Whitepaper, 2022


Most cities around the world are already experiencing unacceptable levels of traffic, congestion, GHG emissions, issues with parking and curb side use. With 68% of the global population projected to be living in urban centers by 2050, how are cities going to accommodate this growth and meet climate goals? We believe the future of cities will be in single occupancy private vehicles, such as bikes, e-bikes, mopeds and scooters as well as an increase multimodal trips where citizens use alternative shared transportation modes.

If we learned anything from the global pandemic, it was that micromobility quickly became one of the most attractive modes of transport in cities all over the world. In particular electric bikeshare saw a surge in growth and popularity from 2020 onwards.

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Growth of e-bikes between 2017-2020. Source: movmi Electric Bikeshare Whitepaper.

Electric Bikesharing Whitepaper, 2022

In our latest whitepaper, we identify how shared electric bikeshare operations can be a win-win for users, operators, cities and the planet. We also provide real life examples, insights and data describing how to attract riders, ensure operational feasibility, and improve multimodality of cities.


Benefits of E-bikesharing

  • e-bikesharing for USERS: Hassle-free, affordable transportation, with increased accessibility and flexibility. Riders travel 1.7x the distance on a shared e-bike compared to a regular mechanical one.
  • e-bikesharing for OPERATORS: Ridership with e-bikesharing is 3-5x higher than regular mechanical ones on average. With its increased accessibility, introducing e-bikes attracts net new users, increasing overall utilization. Both factors directly correlate with revenue streams for operators.
  • e-bikesharing for CITIES: e-bikeshare schemes can be used as a measure to solve the first/last-mile challenge for areas that are underserved by public transportation. As cities shift their stance away from favouring automobiles, TDM strategies are increasingly being integrated with development and transportation policies. Between 50-84% of car trips are replaced by those made by e-bikes. All pointing towards how e-bikesharing can propel cities towards achieving their targets when it comes to climate action, social accessibility, and of course multimodal and car-lite transportation.
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Electric Bikeshare Whitepaper Take-Aways

Our newest e-bikeshare whitepaper will take a close look at the challenges with e-bikesharing, but also the opportunities. It will enhance your understanding of how a viable e-bikesharing scheme can fit within a city’s overall transportation plan, accelerate the adoption of car-free behaviours, and benefit developers and other businesses; while addressing economic, social and environmental factors such as:


  • Boost business: Create better opportunities for local businesses by increasing overall and impulse shopper footfall.
  • Improve land use: Optimise spatial economics through better public and private land use.
  • Scalable models: Create feasible and scalable business models for mobility operators.


  • Affordability: Improve transportation choices and lower cost of living. 
  • Equity: Increase connectivity of outlying suburban areas and low-income communities that are underserved by public transportation. 
  • Accessibility: Remove physical barriers to cycling further, faster and across various terrains.


  • Improve air quality: The use of single-occupancy vehicles is one of the largest contributors of GHG emissions within cities. With the pressure of the climate emergency, municipalities across the world are pushing for policies and programs that decrease reliance on car ownership.
  • Increased green space: Vast amounts of land currently being used to park cars, can be reclaimed for green spaces. 

The environmental, economic and social benefits of electric bikesharing
. Source: movmi’s Electric Bikeshare Whitepaper.

Electric Bikeshare Action Guide & Self-Assessment

We hope that our whitepaper inspires you to explore e-bike sharing for your business, community or development, which is why we have also included an action guide so that you can plan your next steps. You will also be able to to complete a self-assessment to figure out where you stand and how you can level up your e-bikeshare scheme. Are you…


Is your immediate focus is to look at shared mobility programs? 


Do your e-bike regulations facilitate an increase in adoption or restrict their use? 


Does your shared micromobility program balance community requirements, safety and operator business feasibility?


Do your building bylaws support no parking minimums? Have you considered incentive programs for increasing b2b adoption of TDM measures?

Our self-assessment will lead you to and offer additional learning and resources that will help you nurture and grow your e-bikeshare project and propel it forwards into the future.

Download our Electric Bikeshare Whitepaper here. 👇

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