Wegoshare helped U-bike reach emissions landmark

Wegoshare helped U-bike reach emissions landmark

Oct 20th 2019

Wegoshare helped U-bike reach emissions landmark, and this was achieved in little more than one year.

U-bike is a university bike-scheme from the Polytechnic of Leiria (Portugal). It was launched in 2018 with 220 e-bikes for long term rental for students and the academic community.

The e-bikes are available in all 4 campuses of the Polytechnic of Leiria, namely in Leiria, Caldas da Rainha, Marinha Grande and Peniche. 

This project is part of a Portuguese nation-wide program to provide e-bikes and regular bikes to universities, with the goals of fostering sustainable mobility habits, as well as planting the seeds in the cities to implement similar programs and bike-schemes.

The U-bike bikes were ridden for over 100.000km In little more than a year, and saved 17 tons of CO2 from being emitted to the atmosphere. This caught the attention of the Portuguese mainstream media (Read article in “Público”), in a time when soft electric mobility is picking up speed in Portuguese cities.

Wegoshare was responsible for the installation and setup of e-bikes and recharging stations, along with providing the IT solution that powers the U-bike system.
Bewegen, a Canadian company and long term partner of Wegoshare, was the chosen supplier for the bikes and stations.

Wegoshare’s Field Operations division is in charge of all the maintenance, redistribution and user support, ensuring all 220 e-bikes and stations run smoothly.

This in term, allowed U-bike to grow in usage, popularity and awareness, making it a case-study and reference for other universities in Portugal.

Mr Rui Pedrosa (president of the Polytechnic of Leiria) said:

“With the success demonstrated by the U-Bike project is the time to verify the positive contagion effect in the municipalities of the region of Leiria and Oeste with the emergence of bike sharing programs open to all citizens, as well as interventions to improve the infrastructure promoting the use of bicycles, dedicated or shared bike paths.”