What if we have renting spots for electric bicycles beside the train station? I think that would be a great idea.
Imagine that, you just get off the train, and you are so tired that you want to reach your home as soon as possible. Renting an electric bicycle would be a nice idea. Taking the bus may also be another option, but you have to wait for a certain period (maybe the bus is just cancelled because the buses go on strike). When the weather is freezing cold, waiting for the bus will be a horrible experience. Anyway, I have many bad memories of waiting for the bus… Another reason is, there are many uphill and downhill in Leuven (and also other cities in Belgium), and owning/renting an electric bicycle can do you a favor to ride more easily.
The drawback or the problem we still need to solve is that we have to build infrastructures, such as the parking spots and charge stations. And you have to keep an eye on the electric bicycle you rent, there is a risk that it will be stolen…
Here is an example for renting an electric bicycle in Tokyo: http://tokyocheapo.com/travel/rent-an-electric-bike-cheap-things-to-do-in-tokyo/
What’s your opinion then?