Last year Paris awarded a new operations contract for Velib to the French-Spanish Smovengo consortium, ousting outdoor advertising group JCDecaux, which had run it since 2007.
The old Velib bikes have been withdrawn and only 100 out of a planned 1,400 docking stations are currently operational. It will be March before all of Velib’s 20,000 bikes will be back on the road.
En tant que Maire de #Paris et utilisatrice, je ne suis pas satisfaite de la transition vers le nouveau @velib. L'installation des nouvelles stations accuse du retard. L'entreprise doit accélérer le déploiement sous peine de lourdes pénalités financières.
— Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) January 10, 2018
Smovengo said that legal action by JCDecaux and technical problems with electricity supply to the new docks were part of the reason for the delays. (Some of the new Velib bikes are pedal-assist models.)
While the sun shines make hay, the Chinese dockless bike-share firms are thinking as use of these "freefloating" bikes mushrooms.