Second International Conference on Bike Sharing
On November 16, 2017, VeloCittà, in conjunction with ISINNOVA and Comune di Roma, held its 2nd international conference on bike sharing. The event took place in the Protomoteca Room of the sixteenth-century Campidoglio, with more than 120 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.
All the presentations and pictures are available here.
Team VeloCittà is now taking the platform forwards in a sequence of conferences, workshops and position papers. Already available the first position paper on Bike Sharing Networks and Model Bid for the 3rd Conference.
The results of the original European VeloCittà project, showcasing all activities, results and lessons can be downloaded here.Read about the first European bike-sharing conference
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