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
Tuesday 14th August 2018

Neue Räder für 69 Euro: So enden Tausende Leihräder nach der “Obike”-Pleite

Fast ein Jahr lang standen 10.000 neue Fahrräder in einer Lagerhalle vor den Toren Hamburgs. Der Grund: Der Start des Leihrad-Anbieters "Obike" in mehreren deutschen Städten war gescheitert. Im Juli meldete der Fahrradverleih aus Singapur Insolvenz an (bento). Nun muss der Besitzer der Lagerhalle die Räder loswerden. Direkt vor der Halle in der Stemwarder Landstraße 15 in Barsbüttelwerden die Räder jetzt für wenig Geld angeboten. Bis zum 31. August soll die Halle leer sein. "Im Notfall mache ich es selber", sagt der Hallen-Besitzer. Mitte 2017 versuchte Obike, im deutschen Markt Fuß zu fassen – vergeblich. Neben den Fahrrädern bei Hamburg bleiben 20.000 weitere Leihräder in ganz Deutschland und den Niederlanden zurück. Und wer Harald Ploß die Kosten erstattet, die für den Verbleib der Räder in seiner Lagerhalle entstanden, ist noch unklar. Als feststand, dass Obike der Start in Hamburg nicht gelingen würde, war das Unternehmen für ihn nach eigener Aussage nicht mehr erreichbar. Read more here.
Saturday 04th August 2018

Bye-bye, Obike: Stadt Wien räumt die Fahrräder weg

In zwei Tagen 700 Drahtesel abtransportiert, sie könnten bald der Stadt gehören – Obike soll versucht haben, Kautionsgeld zu verstecken Seit 1. August gelten in Wien strengere Regeln für die Betreiber von stationslosen Leihraddiensten. Maximal 1.500 Bikes dürfen im Stadtgebiet verteilt sein, sie müssen mit einer fortlaufenden Nummer markiert werden. Grund für diese Änderung waren Verkehrsbehinderung durch schlecht abgestellte Räder und verstopfte Fahrradständer. Ins Zentrum der Aufmerksamkeit gerutscht ist der aus Singapur stammende Betreiber Obike, der im vergangenen Sommer in Wien gestartet ist. Das Unternehmen steckt in ernsten finanziellen Turbulenzen und wird mittlerweile von einem Masseverwalter geführt. Das Wiener Büro wurde ohne Ankündigung geräumt, Kontaktaufnahmen bleiben unbeantwortet. Dementsprechend rechneten viele Beobachter damit, dass man sich auch nicht um die eigene Radflotte in Wien kümmern werde. - derstandard.at/2000084683334/Bye-bye-oBike-Stadt-Wien-raeumt-nun-die-Raeder-weg Read more here

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