Luup, Inc. (Head office: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo; President and CEO: Daiki Okai; hereinafter “Luup”) will begin offering “LUUP,” a short-distance e-bike sharing service, in Tokyo on May 25, 2020 (*1).
What is LUUP?
LUUP is a sharing service that allows users to ride electric micromobility vehicles throughout the city from anywhere and return them to anywhere they wish. In the future, we plan to introduce a variety of electric micromobility within the service, but will start with the sharing of e-bikes. The service has the highest density of ports among existing bicycle-sharing service operators in the available area.
Ports are places where LUUP mobility vehicles can be borrowed and returned. Since we use compact e-bikes, LUUP’s ports can be installed in the space of a single vending machine. This allows ports to be installed in places that were previously unfeasible, such as next to the entrance of a convenience store or restaurant. Compared to existing sharing services, the ability to install ports in a variety of spots realizes our high-density port network and easy access to places that are too far to walk from the nearest station.
Currently, the spread of the new coronavirus infection has prompted a review of public transportation and an urgent need to establish a lifestyle within walking or biking distance from home. The “New Lifestyle” announced by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare on May 4, 2020, recommends walking and bicycling as a means of transportation to avoid “Three Cs (crowded places, close-contact settings, and closed spaces).” Luup will leverage the three features of the “LUUP” sharing service to realize a society where people can move around with peace of mind in the post-corona era.
- High density of ports allows sharing to be used anywhere, just like owning a bicycle
- The strong electric assistance and compact size of the vehicle allow anyone to ride comfortably without getting tired
- Replace e-bikes with new mobility such as e-scooters in the future to meet a wide range of needs
Outlook for the Future
Luup will enable a future in which all people can choose a mobility experience tailored to their needs, physical capabilities, and individual preferences.