VeloCittà, the International Platform for Cities & Bike Share

VeloCittà invites applications to host the third VeloCittà Conference

VeloCittà is now seeking city partners to host ‘VeloCittà 2018′, the third VeloCittà Conference for Cities & Bike Share. This follows the successful first ‘VeloCittà 2016′ in Rotterdam and ‘VeloCittà 2017′ in Rome (see below).

We wish to hear from cities who believe they have something to show. VeloCittà are therefore inviting bid proposals from cities – click here for the full application document. We wish to see your presentations by 26 January 2018 and will choose based on these presentations. The final decision on the location will be made by February 2018. The bid is open to all cities to participate. If you have any questions or if you wish to receive support during the application phase, please do contact Team VeloCittà

VeloCittà 2017

On November 16, 2017, VeloCittà, in conjunction with ISINNOVA , Velo Mondial and Comune di Roma, held its 2nd international conference on bike sharing ‘VeloCittà 2017′. The event took place in the Protomoteca Room of the sixteenth-century Campidoglio, with more than 155 participants from 20 different countries.

The day opened with welcome remarks from Virginia Raggi, Mayor of Rome, Joep Wijnands, Ambassador of the Netherlands in Italy, Enrico Stefàno, President of Rome’s Mobility Commission, Linda Meleo, Rome’s Mobility Councillor, and Mario Gualdi of ISINNOVA, after which an orange bike was presented to Mayor Raggi from Ambassador Wijnands. The Mayor of Paris’s 12thArrondissement and President of Autolib Vélib Métropole, Catherine Baratti-Elbaz, Chris Paul of Greater Manchester Mayor’s Cycling and Walking Team, and Paolo Gandolfi, a Member of the Italian Parliament, then spoke about their experiences and offered some input on what kind of policies and initiatives will make Rome a more cycling-friendly city.

After lunch, other European experiences were presented by Silvia Jiménez Valenciano of the City of Barcelona and Florinda Boschetti of POLIS, the European Network of Cities. Then the bike share operators attending the event had a chance to talk about their systems, their networks, their business models and revenue streams. They discussed different ways to address bike sharing challenges, and showed how Rome could successfully implement a bike sharing programme that would include options such as geo-fencing, the favoured model of VeloCittà, and digital parking stations.

The next hour was devoted to a series of round table discussions, where each operator had a chance to go around to several tables of 10-15 people each to explain their services and to answer any questions they had. This led to a number of lively discussions, particularly between competing operators, interrupted only so that the organisers could formally close the conference. The participants then continued comparing ideas about bike sharing as they made their way towards the exit, leaving their new Roman friends with a palpable sense of optimism about their city’s transport.

  • Read the day’s agenda
  • All the presentations and pictures are available here.
  • Team VeloCittà has produced a position paper on ‘Bike Share Networks‘ concluding with: “The bike share world is currently very dynamic with new developments increasingly happening in relation to all aspects of this sector. VeloCittà is committed to analyse new and serious alternative models so as to help cities and operators make the most efficient decisions both for the cities and the bike users, but also for the operating companies.”

Read about the first European bike-sharing conference

Results for:

Borough of Southwark
Borough of Lambeth
Monday 25th May 2020

On your bike! Coronavirus prompts cycling frenzy in Germany

Long lines and sold-out stores: Bicycle shops in Germany have never been so busy. The bike is enjoying a surge in popularity as Germans seek to get out and about in safer ways during the coronavirus pandemic. Seven-year-old Mats sits proudly on his bicycle. It's bright blue, just like his helmet, which sits firmly atop his head. "A real police bike," Mats beams as he buzzes through the shop like a police motorcycle, sirens blazing. Mats is lucky. Children's bikes are in short supply in many shops around Cologne. Even adults looking for specific models or parts are experiencing long wait times. Demand is huge at the moment. "I will never forget the Monday when we reopened the shop," says Christoph Hopp, of Cologne's Radlager bike store. "It was like a dam bursting." For weeks, bike shops were among the businesses in Germany forced to shut due to the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, it was just as the annual uptick in springtime business was beginning. "The minute the first crocuses stick their heads out of the ground, people want to get on their bikes," says Hopp. That's how it is every year, but "because of the closures this year, everything was obviously backed up." Now, the rush is "just crazy," he adds. 'The vehicle of the hour' It's not just the beautiful spring weather and pent-up urge to shop that driving the surge in cycling. "Because of the coronavirus, the bicycle is the vehicle of the hour," says David Eisenberger of the Zweirad-Industrie-Verband, or ZIV, an interest group that advocates on behalf of the bicycle industry in Germany. "We are noticing that not only on the streets but with the rush at bike shops." Read more here:  
Thursday 19th December 2019

Urban Sharing to power the bike sharing systems of Milan and Verona

As we close out 2019, we will have a chance to push into that future with Clear Channel Italy. Beginning in 2020, we will upgrade the existing bike system software in both Milan and Verona to bring both cities onto the Urban Sharing platform through user-friendly features such as public transport integration, sophisticated operational tools and instant mobile unlock. The city of Milan currently has more cars per inhabitants than almost any other city in Europe. This is reflected in its equally high concentrations of air pollution, also among the highest in Europe. Through its 2015 Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP), Milan hopes to change that. Already Milan has created low-emission zones and aims to double its micromobility infrastructure by 2024. Still, in 2018 Milan averaged 5.3 million trips per day. While thirty percent of those trips were taken by cars, just six percent were taken by bike. Read more here:

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