VeloCittà: for Bicycle Share Systems improvement

VeloCittà aimed to provides inspiration and build capacity in local authorities and BSS stakeholders. We worked with stakeholders that were engaged with the design and implementation of effective and resource-efficient solutions.  This resulted in a boost in the uptake of BSS’s and set in motion a beneficial snowball effect on urban cycling as a whole. The project ended in February 2017 but will see its results continued in the ‘Bike Share Cities Plaform’ and the ‘Bike Share Workspace’.

The Final project report is out now, showing casing all activities, results and lessons! You can download it here.

VeloCittá‘s 10 Golden Rules for Municipalities on Bike Share Systems can be found here.

Please send any comments or queries to: Renske Martijnse: r.martijnse[at] (Project Coordinator) or Pascal van den Noort operations[at] (Dissemination & Communication Manager)

First European bike-sharing conference
Borough of Southwark
Borough of Lambeth
Thursday 18th May 2017

Chinese bike sharing unicorns are for real and can conquer the world

While much has been written about Chinese bike sharing companies and their meteoric growth in the last year in international press, a lot of observers remain skeptical about the long term sustainability and ability of these companies to turn a profit. Needing no introduction to residents of Shanghai and other big Chinese cities, which are blanketed by hundreds of thousands of colored bikes, current market leaders Mobike and Ofo have raised hundreds of million $, became unicorns in the process (Ofo officially, while market leader Mobike will surely become one with the next funding round), and set sights on world domination. All in less than a year. Read more here.  
Tuesday 16th May 2017

Bike Share: The Dawn of the Smartbike (and the Death of Dock-Blocking)

After finalizing the book, I flew to San Francisco to launch it to a small gathering of fellow transport experts at a new, and then still obscure conference called the Shared Use Mobility Summit (which now draws hundreds of attendees from around the world). My team and I were confident int he work and thrilled to share it with the public in hopes it would markedly improve bike share systems around the world. At the conference, I met a shaggy-haired ex-transportation planner named Ryan Rzepecki, who had even bigger goals for improving bike share globally. His company, Social Bicycles, was developing a new type of bike share system with bikes that could be locked to any public bike rack or street sign, had real-time GPS to track the bicycles’ locations, and, most importantly, users were not limited to beginning and ending their trips at docking stations. He’d designed a model to solve the biggest problems with bike share: reliable dock availability, expensive equipment, and inefficient operations. For a moment I almost laughed because I had literally just written the book on bike share and I knew, as everyone else did, that bike share bikes required docking points…unless they didn’t. Read more here.    

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