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Three communes get in the Vel'oh saddle



There are 116 Vel'oh stations in the grand duchy. Soon to be 123. (Photo: Christophe Lemaire/Maison Moderne)

There are 116 Vel'oh stations in the grand duchy. Soon to be 123. (Photo: Christophe Lemaire/Maison Moderne)

Leudelange, Mamer and Niederanven are joining the Vel’oh bicycle network, with 12 new charging points, bringing the number of self-service electric bicycle stations in the grand duchy to 116.

Launched in Luxembourg City in 2008, the rented bike scheme spread to the territories of Strassen and Hesperange in 2011, then to Bertrange in 2018, when the fleet also went electric. As a result, there are now a total of 88 stations in Luxembourg City, three in Strassen, eight in Hesperange and five in Bertrange.

Leudelange starts with four, Mamer six, and Niederanven two. Five new ones are expected to open in Bertrange, and two in Strassen.

The number of long-term subscribers has risen from 2,935 in 2008 to 8,604 ten years later, reaching 18,989 in August 2021. During this month, the network recorded 1,986 daily rentals per week.  The bikes are free for half an hour, then cost from 50 cents to €2 per half hour. The annual subscription costs €18.

200 subscriptions to be won

"The extension of the self-service bicycle network to three new municipalities is an important step in the interconnection of soft mobility beyond the borders of the capital," said Patrick Goldschmidt (DP), alderman responsible for mobility in Luxembourg City. It makes it possible to "travel longer distances with ease,” he said. Thanks to the 12 new stations, the network's coverage extends over 15 kilometres.

On the occasion of the extension, the City of Luxembourg will give away an annual Vel'oh subscription to 200 people selected by lottery. To take part, you can register on mobilite.vdl.lu.

This story was first published on Paperjam. It has been translated and edited for Delano.