- The co-founder of Intelligent Mobility has been advising municipalities and companies on the best sustainable mobility solutions for decades.
- Sebi Presents at Ifema the self-managed parking solution for scooters, which avoids 75% of the costs to the service operator.
Eusebio Puebla has been working for years on responsible mobility solutions. Almost a decade ago it started a project of
shared car parks that he called PVerde and was the germ, in part, of Intelligent Mobility.
He is an expert in sustainable mobility and collaborates with dozens of Spanish city councils. The legislators know that shared mobility and electric mobility have come to stay, but it is something new that they do not yet control, and they have many doubts about the best way to implement this service in their municipalities.
Bike Sharing and scooters sharing, is a fashion or a trend?
There is no doubt that this trend will gradually take hold. In fact, it is already doing so. Cities are growing and city councils see the car as more of a problem than a solution. For structural and environmental reasons. Faced with this situation, it is necessary to find solutions. Managing sustainable mobility in large and small cities is an absolute priority right now.
Time ago, it seemed crazy to ride a bicycle through the center of Madrid. Not now. Now you have to regulate the way you ride so that everything is possible. This will involve eliminating some of the privileges acquired by private vehicles. But also by reviewing the rights that seem to have acquired the new means of locomotion.
What do you mean?
For example, the fact of taking and leaving a shared bicycle or a parked scooter wherever you want. Or that the scooters circulate on the sidewalks.
The bicycle is still better understood than the electric scooter, isn’t it?
The electric scooter has arrived as a personal mobility system, and to stay. Needless to say, it has a great impact on the carbon footprint, and that it is not as healthy and healthy as the bicycle, but is the least bad than other solutions such as the car or the motorcycle.
As for the cosharing service of scooters, I can tell you that as it is being considered is not economically and environmentally viable.
It is also messy and uncomfortable for the company that manages it. That’s to see that users leave them lying on the sidewalk, without clear parking stations. And that the management companies have staff who pick them up at night to clean, load, and return them to the streets in the morning, doesn’t seem very efficient.
And what do you propose?
In China as well this situation of disorder is allowed more. Structured city solutions are being imposed all over Europe. In Madrid, for example, they are already restricting areas where it is not possible to leave the scooter. It is the app itself that determines where you are and does not allow you to return if you are not in an authorized area. Intelligent Parking proposes something else. The autonomous scooter station that we are going to present at Ifema helps to keep the cities in order, allows the parked scooters to charge the battery, offers security against vandalism and theft (20% of monthly theft with the current management system). In addition, there is no need for a person to pick up the vehicles in the afternoon and return them in the morning.
Seems like a solution
Urbanistically, it gives order to the city, knowing the users, where to take and leave the scooters. In addition, it favours road safety, as we can place this scooter parking just before the zebra crossings, crossings or baths, improving the visibility of the pedestrian in front of the pedestrian crossings.
Also, like all good things, it seems expensive.
It really isn’t. For the council, I think it might even have zero cost. I’ll explain. A company managing the service, right now, devotes eight or new euros on average per scooter per day. With us, the council could rent the service at a price of four euros, amortize the investment in structure in just over a year. And the management company is also clearly benefited.
What do you advise municipal officials when they ask you?
It is very important that sustainable mobility, whether by bicycle or scooter, has an architecture of order, respect for pedestrians, and that they can live together. The bike and scooter stations we offer are the perfect tool for this.