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 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
Sunday 17th December 2017

Photo of the week: a dizzying view of a bicycle graveyard in china

RESIDENTS OF HANGZHOU, China, can hop onto any one of at least 86,000 bicycles and ride wherever they like. The bikes are easy to find, too, because people tends to leave them any old place. On sidewalks. Under overpasses. In parks. Leaning against walls and lying in vacant lots. Police have rounded up 23,000 bikes so far this year and hauled them to 16 corrals around the city. From the ground, these bicycle graveyards look like junkyards. Seen from above, they take on an impressionistic quality. ......... But no one anticipated so many lazy cyclists. Private companies started offering bikes riders didn't have to return to one of the government's 3,000 docking stations. People could simply drop the bikes wherever they liked. And so they did, leaving them almost anywhere. China News Service reports that in March this year, complaints from concerned citizens grew so numerous that the city began rounding them up. Read more here. Also read Velo-Citta's position paper on this issue here.
Thursday 30th November 2017

After Bluegogo now also Mingbike collapses

Bike-sharing companies – with their capital-intensive, cash-burning, ride-subsidizing business model – were among the hottest startups in China. They’ve attracted $2 billion in venture funding over the 18 months of the frenzy. They now count over 40 platforms, though the industry is dominated by huge piles of mutilated, stolen, and abandoned bicycles and by two unicorns (valued over $1 billion), Mobike and Ofo, that kicked off the frenzy and carve up 95% of the market. But this is how quickly a frenzy can deflate. On Thursday, Chinese media reported that Mingbike, with operations in major cities, had laid off 99% of its staff, after consumers had complained that they’d been unable to get their deposits of 199 yuan (about $30) back. Some of the laid-off employees “posted complaints on social media saying their salary had been withheld for several months,” according to the South China Morning Post: Calls by the South China Morning Post to Mingbike’s main phone line were not answered. The last post on the company’s Weibo account was in earlier October and its WeChat account has not been updated since November 10. In response to the latest closure and growing risk of deposit refunds, Chinese authorities have stepped in, with Ministry of Transport spokesman Wu Chungeng saying on Thursday that local governments would play a major role in ensuring protection of consumer rights. He added that regulations for the industry were being drawn up by authorities. Mingbike was founded in 2016 and had raised 100 million yuan ($15 million) from venture capital firms. Read more here

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