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Villo and Billy Bike revolutionize Brussels residents movements

Transport
Majda Fadili
Editor Made in Brussels
18th September 2017

The rush hours, traffic jams and road rehabilitation works... As you will have understood, driving in some parts of the Belgian capital by car is not always easy. To simplify their journeys, Brusselsers are opting more and more for two-wheeled bicycles, especially with the Villo self-service bicycles or the latest Billy Bikes arrivals, which have the merit of being electric!

It is practical, economical and ecological, the bicycle has been on the rise in Brussels for several years now, which has earned it a privileged place in the Top of the European capitals awarded for the density of their self-service transport network.

The pioneer Villo

The Villo shared bicycle service was launched in 2009 and is active in 19 Brussels municipalities thanks to its 360 stations. Available 24/7, Villo is the practical solution for getting to work, taking a walk or simply avoiding congested traffic. Thus, shared bikes are accessible via a kiosk system and with a ticket valid for 1 to 7 days or an annual subscription. In 2016, the Villo system generated more than 1.5 million rentals. Today, no fewer than 40,000 subscribers use this service.
Price
Annual subscription: 33,60 euros
1 day ticket: 1,60 euros
1 week ticket: 7,90 euros

Innovative Billy Bike

A few weeks ago, two young entrepreneurs from Brussels launched Billy Bike, an application that lets you rent your electric motorcycle thanks to a free floating fleet of bicycles. The principle is simple, once the application has been downloaded to your mobile phone, the service will tell you which bike "Billy Bike" is closest to your location. The two-wheeler can be attached to a tree or pole a few steps away from your home, where the last rider left it. What about the stations ? Unlike the Villo bike share system, Billy Bike makes it easy for you to use only connected padlocks to locate bicycles.

Currently, some 150 Billy Bike bikes are being put into circulation in the streets of the capital, a running-in phase that promises to be conclusive before the official launch of the service scheduled for spring 2018.
Price : Approximately 2.10 euros for a 10 to 15 minute trip

Majda Fadili
Editor Made in Brussels
18th September 2017