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
Wednesday 17th January 2018

It’s not a bike, it’s a bike-shaped Uber that says “JUMP”

JUMP, the dockless e-bike service, is doubling its fleet in DC Thursday. Actually, though, thinking of JUMP as bikeshare misses what it truly is and what it's competing with. We all have a mental image of the world around us and how we get there. There's the places we'd generally walk to; the places we know we have to drive to; the places we usually take Metro or a bus to. If we are comfortable cycling, there's the places we know we bike to. Maybe there's places (and times and conditions) when we'd usually take a ride hailing service like Uber or Lyft. Then there's the places we'd go on a JUMP bike. These places look a lot more like "where we'd Uber to" than "where we'd bike." That's because riding a JUMP isn't like riding a bike. You float up hills. You shoot past most other cyclists. You effortlessly keep up with cars on neighborhood streets. You can do this thanks to an electric motor that kicks in as you pedal and can power the bike to a maximum of 20 mph. Read on here.
Saturday 13th January 2018

L’aventure des vélos « flottants » tourne au fiasco

Les « vélos flottants », que l’utilisateur peut emprunter et déposer où il le souhaite, ont rapidement été confrontés à plusieurs défis, notamment au sujet de leur qualité.Gobee, c’est fini ! Les premiers Gobee bikes étaient arrivés en fanfare dans les rues de Lille fin octobre 2017. Deux mois plus tard, les vélos vert anis en « free-floating » sont déjà repartis. La société hongkongaise a annoncé le 9 janvier qu’elle se retirait de la capitale des Hauts-de-France, mais aussi de Reims et de Bruxelles. Les « vélos flottants », que l’utilisateur peut emprunter et déposer où il le souhaite après avoir préalablement téléchargé une application, semblaient pourtant promis à un bel avenir. D’enthousiastes technophiles ne cessaient de vanter la praticité de ces objets, ainsi que l’inventivité du modèle économique des sociétés qui les exploitent. Selon Maddyness, « le magazine des start-up françaises », il existe pas moins de 30 entreprises de vélopartage en free-floating, ayant pour une grande majorité leur siège social en Chine. Read more here

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