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
Monday 21st May 2018

Madrid invests €9.25 million in BiciMad: 1,800 bicycles and 80 additional stations.

See English translation here El presupuesto global estimado para EMT en 2018 supera los 808 millones de euros. El capítulo de inversiones alcanza, en este ejercicio, el 23 por ciento del presupuesto, es decir, 193 millones de euros, incluida la amortización de deuda. Así, en lo que se refiere a la actividad de transporte de viajeros (autobús urbano),  EMT prevé, en 2018, un aumento de la oferta del 3,16 por ciento respecto a 2017, aumento que se traducirá en la ampliación de líneas y la creación de otras nuevas. Asimismo, se invertirán 84,3 millones de euros en la adquisición de 269 nuevos autobuses (236 propulsados por GNC, 15 eléctricos y 18 minibuses eléctricos). En esta materia también cabe destacar el inicio de la primera fase del proyecto de remodelación integral del Centro de Operaciones de La Elipa. En lo referente a Servicios de Movilidad, el presupuesto de EMT prevé continuar la renovación del parque móvil de grúas mediante la adquisición de vehículos poco contaminantes de modo que al menos un 40 por ciento de la flota está compuesto por vehículos de bajas emisiones. Por su parte, BiciMAD contará con un presupuesto de inversión de 9,25 millones destinados, fundamentalmente, a la adquisición de 1.800 bicicletas (1.000 nuevas y 800 para reposición) y 80 estaciones adicionales.   Read more here.
Saturday 12th May 2018

The Bike-Share Oversupply in China

Last year, bike sharing took off in China, with dozens of bike-share companies quickly flooding city streets with millions of brightly colored rental bicycles. However, the rapid growth vastly outpaced immediate demand and overwhelmed Chinese cities, where infrastructure and regulations were not prepared to handle a sudden flood of millions of shared bicycles. Riders would park bikes anywhere, or just abandon them, resulting in bicycles piling up and blocking already-crowded streets and pathways. As cities impounded derelict bikes by the thousands, they moved quickly to cap growth and regulate the industry. Vast piles of impounded, abandoned, and broken bicycles have become a familiar sight in many big cities. As some of the companies who jumped in too big and too early have begun to fold, their huge surplus of bicycles can be found collecting dust in vast vacant lots. Bike sharing remains very popular in China, and will likely continue to grow, just probably at a more sustainable rate. Meanwhile, we are left with these images of speculation gone wild—the piles of debris left behind after the bubble bursts. Read more here

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