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
Tuesday 09th October 2018

Lime retreats from Copenhagen due to the legal pressure.

Lime retreats from Copenhagen due to the legal pressure. Users were facing ca. 150 € fines if catched by the police. And, truth must be said, there were many users. Den amerikanske transporttjeneste Lime fjerner nu omkring 200 elektriske løbehjul fra gaderne i København og venter på, at det bliver lovligt at køre på dem i trafikken. Virksomheden skriver i en pressemeddelelse, at lanceringen af løbehjulene har været en kommerciel succes, men at pilotprojektet nu bliver indstillet. - Det har været en fornøjelse at se, hvordan københavnerne har taget imod løbehjulene og en ny måde at bevæge sig rundt i byen på. Antallet af kørte ture på løbehjulene har i den grad overskredet vores forventninger, lyder det fra Limes europæiske direktør, Gauthier Derrien. Løbehjulenes indtog i København har været omdiskuteret, da lovgivningen forbyder elektriske løbehjul at køre de steder, hvor færdselsloven gælder. Read more here.
Monday 08th October 2018

Chinese bike-sharing startup Ofo is backpedaling on its US business

Less than a year after launching in the United States, Ofo now says it is laying off staff across the country and pulling out of several cities. "As we continue to bring bikeshare to communities across the globe, Ofo has begun to reevaluate markets that present obstacles," Andrew Daley, head of Ofo North America, said in a statement Thursday. The company will instead "prioritize growth in viable markets," he added. Ofo employed about 120 people in the United States, and was operating in more than 30 American cities. The company said it will maintain operations in places like San Diego and Seattle, where it faces fewer regulatory challenges. An Ofo spokesman declined to say how many people would be laid off and which cities the company will abandon. It had already pulled out of Chicago earlier this month, citing regulatory hurdles. The Chinese startup is also facing competition from US ride-hailing giant Uber, which bought a dockless electric bike-sharing firm, Jump Bikes, in April. Read more here.

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