Gilles Vesco, the politician responsible for sustainable transport in Lyon and a leading player in introducing the city’s Vélo’v bike-sharing scheme has a vision of cities in which residents no longer rely on their cars.

Instead, they lean on public transport, shared cars such as Uber and car clubs, bikes and, above all, on real-time data on their smartphones. The purpose is to transform transportation systems and cities alike. Multiple jurisdictions around Australia have introduced their own versions of Vélo’v bike-sharing scheme with mixed success,…