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
Monday 14th January 2019

Boardman shows path to break cycle of Manchester’s car commuter hell

Manchester’s mayor, Andy Burnham, aims to turn the city into one of the greenest in Europe, and a place of mostly haphazard, sometime pot-holed cycle lanes, into the cycling capital of the country with 1,000 miles of network. Boardman has been given 10 years and £1.5bn of ringfenced money. He is confident he can change behaviour in this rainy city, where there are 250 million car journeys of less than 1km every year, where life expectancy is among the lowest in the country, where air pollution is too high, where people eat, drink and smoke too much and do not do enough exercise. It is also the first place in the world where Mobike, the Chinese cycle-sharing operator, withdrew because of antisocial behaviour. But Boardman sees only potential .“I enjoy talking about this because it has absolutely nothing to do with cyclists. They might benefit but this is for people who drive because they’re the ones who are going to want to change if it’s going to work.” Read more here.
Friday 28th December 2018

Time Is Running Out for Unprofitable Chinese Startups

A bike-sharing crash in China shows the folly of taking such startups too seriously now that venture capital is drying up. Ofo never had a sustainable business model. Chinese bike-sharing companies rent out bicycles for just a few U.S. cents an hour, which is far from covering their costs. Still, the sector dotted the streets of every major Chinese city with millions of bikes, supported by billions of dollars of venture capital. Ofo got $2.2 billion of funding, including $866 million as recently as March in an Alibaba-led funding round, according to data provider Crunchbase. Mobike, the other big bike-sharing startup in China, may struggle to benefit from Ofo’s problems in a hypercompetitive market. Meituan Dianping bought Mobike for more than $2 billion in April to complement its core food-delivery business, which like bike-sharing is unprofitable despite strong growth. Meituan has lost a third of its value since its Hong Kong initial public offering in September. Tech giants Alibaba and Tencent, which have sunk billionsinto startups in the past few years and could face write-downs, could become collateral damage. The enchanted forest of unicorns looks set to be among the victims of China’s worsening economy. Read more here.

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