The Blue-bike bicycle-sharing system had a successful year in 2022, with 300,000 trips on the Belgian network, 53% more than the previous year, the company announced on Thursday in a statement.
This is an “unprecedented” result, says Blue-bike General Manager Stefaan Butaye. “It’s been a fantastic 12 months, with a peak in October when 33,000 bikes were borrowed.”
Blue-bike has benefitted from the increase in fuel prices over the past year, which “caused many people to rethink their mobility choices,” the company said.
“Last year, the combination of public transport and bike-sharing was even more advantageous than before,” it noted.
In 2022, Blue-bike attracted 6,000 new members, bringing the total to 30,148. The increase, which was over 22%, was due mainly to word-of-mouth promotion.
Launched in 2011, Blue-bike has been growing in recent years.
“We have gone from 68 stations in 2020 to 110 stations in 2022,” says Butaye. “Our ambition is to make all cities accessible thanks to a network of shared bikes perfectly connected to public transport.”