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Grégoire Chové heads Arval Europe

Grégoire Chové (pictured, right), until now General Manager of Arval Italia, has been appointed as Arval’s Managing Director for Europe. Taking over his leading role in Italy will be Štefan Majtán (pictured, left). Both appointments will take effect on 1 July. Mr Chové led Arval Italy for seven years, during which time it surpassed the 200,000-vehicle milestone (this January). Read a full-length interview with Mr Chové here. In his new role as Managing Director Europe, he will be responsible for four key European countries, also Arval’s four biggest markets: France, Spain, the UK and Italy. He will lead the efforts to implement development and synergies in these countries. “This new role is an important recognition of the incredible job done by all of Arval Italy’s employees,” he said. “I’m fortunate that my connection with Italy will continue in my new European role. My best wishes to Stefan.”

Mr Majtán (48), a native of Slovakia, has substantial experience in automotive. He joined Arval in 2003, starting up and rolling out branches in Central Europe. Since 2011, he is Arval’s Regional Manager for Central Europe (Switzerland, Austria, Czech Rep., Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Romania). “It will be an honour to lead and develop a market that has become a touchstone not just in the rental market, but also in the mobility sector,” he said. “I will work to ensure that Arval Italy remains a main lab for Arval innovations.”

The City of Paris is launching a new car sharing service, Mobilib’, to offer shared and clean mobility in the French capital.

It is not the first public car sharing initiative of the city – remember the disaster of Autolib – but this time the cooperation with four different mobility operators might be different. Ada, Communauto, Drivy and Ubeeqo have been chosen as the four carsharing operators that will deploy a total of 1,213 shared cars.
The lion share will be provided by Europcar’s Ubeeqo, which will provide 850 cars, and all on a closed loop system – hence they have to be picked-up and dropped off at the same station. Other cars of Mobilib’ will be free to be dropped-of at any station of choice. For all of them the city will reserve 1,213 parking spots all over the city.
While Mobilib’ will not only reduce the number of vehicles on the road, the programme has to provide a cleaner city fleet as well. About 500 of the entire fleet will be hybrid cars and ICE ones, while 713 of them must be electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles only.
The public car sharing service will exist next to and independent from the current carsharing providers operating in the city such as Free2Move, Renault and Car2Go. At the moment there are already 300 cars in service of Mobilib, by the end of May that should be about 600, and the goal of 1,213 cars should be reached by 1 September.
Authored by: Fien Van den steen

Best cycling cities of 2019

Utrecht (Netherlands), Munster (Germany) and Antwerp (Belgium) have been chosen as the best cities for cycling by cycling insurance company Coya.
The global study looked at bike friendliness of 90 cities. Criteria involved road quality, road safety, and bicycle theft, while they even looked at which cities are encouraging cycling, the amount of bikesharing and the weather conditions.
These cities made it to the top 5, and their strengths explain why.
1. Utrecht (Netherlands). As a country known for cycling, it should not surprise that this Dutch city scores high on cycling infrastructure and has a high cycling usage (51%).
2. Munster (Germany). The small German city with a cycling rate of almost 40%, has an extremely low score of cycling fatalities, of 0.03/100,000 cyclists. In addition, the city scores high in theft prevention.
3. Antwerp (Belgium). Although the city only has a cycling rate of nearly 30%, it has one of the highest amounts of cycling shops per cyclists, and one of the highest scores on bikesharing, both considering stations and bikes.
4. Copenhagen (Denmark). With the same cycling rate as Antwerp, Copenhagen has a way lower number of cyclist accidents (218.44 per 100,000 cyclists compared to 1,165.81 in Antwerp), yet the city scores well on cycling infrastructure and cycling shops as well.
5. Amsterdam (Netherlands). As a larger city than Utrecht, Amsterdam still made it to the top 5 of cycling paradises. The city scores especially high on Investments & Quality of infrastructure score (98.87%), and on safety in terms of theft.
Although the study involved only 90 of the world’s cities, it is interesting to take a closer look at the following cities on the list as well. The remainder of the top 20 exists merely out of European cities, with Auckland (New Zealand), Hangzhou (China) and Montreal (Canada) as the three non-European exceptions.
In addition, Germany has the most cycling friendly cities in the top 20 with 7 cities in total (and 5 more in the top 30) followed by the Netherlands (2) and France (2). The first Australian city, Melbourne, comes on 21st place, and San Francisco is the friendliest cycling city out of the US (39th), while Santiago de Chile is the most Latin American friendly cycling city at the 58th position.
Considering opting for bikes or shared bikes in your mobility management? Take a look at which city might be most suited for their deployment, and which factors you should take into account, such as the high or low presence of bikesharing systems, and/or the high or low score on road safety and bike theft.
Authored by: Fien Van den steen


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