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:

Burgos
Spain
Szeged
Hungary
Padua
Italy
Krakow
Poland
Borough of Southwark
UK
Borough of Lambeth
UK
Thursday 09th May 2019

One of EU’s largest electric bike-sharing systems launched in Gdańsk – Gdynia – Sopot Metropolitan Area

March 2019 saw the launch of what is to become one of the largest electric bicycle sharing systems in Europe. The system, called MEVO, launched as a single public bike sharing scheme in the 14 cities and communes of the Gdańsk - Gdynia - Sopot Metropolitan Area in Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland. Free-floating system The electric bike can be used by residents and tourists visiting Gdańsk, Gdynia, Sopot, Tczew, Puck, Reda, Kartuzy, Sierakowice, Somonino, Stężyca, Władysławowo, Żukowo, Pruszcz Gdański and Rumia. The bikes can be collected from any of 660 bicycle stations spread across 6 cities and municipalities in the Metropolitan Area. Renting and returning bicycles to any of these stations is at no extra charge. Bicycles can also be returned outside the designated parking stations; for an additional fee of PLN 3, bicycles can be returned anywhere within the area of use (the boundaries of individual cities), as long as they are left in a public place and do not hinder other users of public space. Cyclists that rent a bicycle from any location outside the 660 stations and who return it back to one of the stations, earn a bonus in the form of a 2 Zlotys (0.47 euro) top-up. Read more here.
Thursday 09th May 2019

Learning lessons From Vélib’ Métropole Difficulties

After ten years of operation in Paris and its surrounding suburbs, Vélib Métropole replaced Vélib’ as the city’s new, self-service bike-share system on January 1st, 2018. The system and operator transition that comes with this new system, however, has been very complicated. The switch from JCDecaux to the new service provider, Smovengo, should have been completed by March 2018 but it will only be realised in June 2019. The different failures that led to this messy situation has driven the Paris City Council to order an audit by the General Inspectorate to learn lessons from this experience. With the geographical expansion of the Vélib’ service came a juridical question: what structure will support the service management? The year 2015 was almost entirely dedicated to the definition of this structure and it was finally decided that it was to be a mixed association called the Syndicat Mixte Autolib’ Vélib’ Métropole, or SMAVM, which would include every local city council within it. With around 65 cities concerned, and a service yet to be defined technically and financially, it was no small business… Today, Vélib’ Métropole is a working service with 1260 active stations and 13 000 bikes (but still missing 200 stations and 7 000 bikes). 2018 saw half of all Vélib’ subscribers leaving the platform (from 300 000 to 163 000), and with a top day at 78 000 rides, we are still far away from the average 100 000 daily rides of the JCDecaux era. Let’s hope that the continuous improvement in technology and operations will bring light back to Vélib’. Read more here.

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