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
Thursday 13th December 2018

Mobike prepares to spin off European arm

Mobike, the Chinese dockless bike-sharing company, is preparing to spin off its European arm, which it is valuing at $100m. Mobike is owned by Chinese ecommerce company Meituan Dianping, which is backed by Chinese tech group Tencent and made its debut on the Hong Kong stock exchange in September. Just five months earlier, Meituan bought Mobike in a deal that gave the bike-sharing company an enterprise value of $3.7bn. According to one industry expert, the lossmaking Mobike was burning $50m a month earlier this year. A person with knowledge of the company’s plans said: “Meituan has no international division of any shape or form and probably doesn’t want one, and when it acquired Mobike it acquired the international arm. Mobike has 200,000 of its silver and orange bikes across six countries in Europe, and claims to have more than 200m registered users worldwide. However, it has suffered from vandalism in some cities, including Manchester, where it pulled out in September. It has also shrunk the area its bikes can operate within in London as part of a strategy shift in the capital. Mobike recently ended its contract with, a company that handled its operations in parts of London, after the company formed a joint venture with Mobike’s rival Youon. Mobike’s internal operations team will take over the maintenance of its bicycles from Friday. Read more here.
Monday 10th December 2018

Nextbike takes over management and racks – the loan bikes will change

Gothenburg bikes and racks will change dramatically until 2020. More and "smarter" bikes across a larger area will provide far more cyclists in the city than today. But quality costs. The price will be higher. Styr och Ställ has been in Gothenburg for almost ten years, but now it is time for a change. On Monday, German Nextbike was presented as winner of the procurement. The company has loan cycle systems in 200 countries around the world, including the German cities Berlin, Cologne and Munich. The number of loan bikes in Gothenburg is increasing dramatically. From today's 1,000 bikes to 1500 in the city of Gothenburg, and 250 in Mölndal. It will be possible to pick up a bicycle in Gothenburg and then leave it in Mölndal. Read more here.

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