City Series: MonacoSeptember 23, 2020 — Cities, Articles
PBSC Urban Solutions, the leading global provider of sustainable urban mobility solutions, is bringing state-of-the-art electric pedal-assist bikes to the city of Barcelona after being awarded one of the largest and most prized contracts of the industry.
Barcelona’s Bicing bike-sharing network is about to enter a new era! PBSC, through a joint venture with renowned infrastructure and services operator Ferrovial, was entrusted under a ten-year contract to roll out a total of 7,000 bikes, including 1,000 industry-leading pedal-assist BOOST e-bikes, all slated to be in operation in 2019 across the city’s ten districts. In both the planning and deployment phases, PBSC will be working in close collaboration with Barcelona de Serveis Municipals, B:SM, the organization responsible for the city’s bike-sharing system as mandated by the City of Barcelona.
This massive rollout will leverage the fruit of years of research and development conducted by PBSC’s tech labs by a talented team of mechanical, electrical and electronic engineers to deliver the most convenient and flexible experience. Riders will be able to unlock bikes using a mobile application, a smart card, or NFC technology.
BOOST: Game changer for pedal-assist e-bikes
Designed with passion for riders, operators and modern transit ecosystems, PBSC’s BOOST bike is by far the most impressive and advanced electric pedal-assist shared bike the market has seen so far:
- High-capacity battery integrated in the aluminum bike frame with an autonomy range of more than 60 km for peace of mind
- Propels riders smoothly and comfortably without noise or vibrations
- Single-speed and rear propulsion motor that adjusts to provide each rider with assistance tailored to their needs
- Patented PBSC docking stations act as responsive power hubs, ensuring bikes are always charged and ready to go
- Mobile application provides a user-friendly interface that allows riders to customize their experience by setting their assistance threshold and logging their user preferences for automatic configuration
- In-app gamification to further motivate riders and encourage a fun and healthy lifestyle
Offering the same comfort and world-class ergonomics as the award-winning ICONIC bike, BOOST bikes will allow a wider array of riders to enjoy a smooth, fun and easy ride across longer distances, up steeper hills and against stronger headwinds. They will go further and faster, without even breaking a sweat.
Smart Docking Stations for a Smarter overall System
Unlike dockless shared bikes, which have made headlines for being scattered chaotically around cities and ravaging our planet, PBSC bikes have proven their efficiency, reliability and sustainability. They are intelligently integrated in city planning initiatives and public transit systems.The smart stations offer:
- FLEXIBILITY: smart stations continuously monitor and report on bike health, battery charge, diagnostic information and riding data. Smart hybrid stations can also accommodate both the ICONIC and BOOST electric pedal-assist bikes with smart technology that recognizes and charges the e-bikes as needed.
- PERFORMANCE: unlike other electric pedal assist suppliers, PBSC developed a system that does not require any manual recharging or swapping of batteries. It is a simple dock, charge and play approach that guarantees increased efficiency and availability. With a single connection point per station, getting power from the grid is a breeze for cities, reducing installation cost to a minimum.
- SAFETY: the system is certified according to the most stringent safety and quality standards in the world
This marks an important moment for PBSC as it continues to develop its innovative urban mobility network.