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
Saturday 16th March 2019

Leicester ‘Boris Bikes’ style scheme gets go-ahead as part of £8 million package

Millions of pounds of Government cash has been secured for measures to try to improve public transport and air quality in Leicester. The Department for Transport has today announced some £8 million of funding for Leicester City Council. The council says the majority of the cash - £6.25 million - will be used to develop a network of walking and cycling links to connect the city centre to the two universities, as well as the Waterside regeneration area on the banks of the Soar. Some £500,000 will be used to create a new public bike hire scheme. The council says it is likely to include 500 bikes available for hire from some 50 docking stations across the city. The network of docking stations will cover the planned Space Park off Abbey Lane Park, the nearby National Space Centre, city centre work places, universities, hospitals, and the The King Power Stadium, Tigers’ Welford Toad rugby ground and nearby neighbourhoods. The council says it hopes to have the scheme up and running by the autumn. It has not yet been revealed how much it would cost to hire a bike. Read more here.
Saturday 23rd February 2019

Life cycle: is it the end for Britain’s dockless bike schemes?

Three major cycle-sharing companies have pulled out of Britain’s cities in just over a year. Can the schemes ever be sustainable? Not so long ago, Chinese bike-sharing company ofo was planning to put 150,000 of its distinctive yellow bikes on London streets. Buoyed by $2bn of venture capital funding, ofo was going to “optimise city resources” and “save public space”. Mobike, another Chinese start-up and ofo’s main competitor, was also apparently in the business of tech-altruism. Its journey data would provide “invaluable insights” for local planning departments. But in January, ofo followed oBike and Urbo to become the third dockless operator to withdraw from Britain in just over a year. As a result of the restructure, Adam Rose, ofo’s former operations manager in Sheffield, was made redundant. “It was really exciting at the start,” Rose said. “It was was all about bringing other cities in, all about land grab. “But then suddenly that all changed. Bikes weren’t being delivered, there were cashflow issues, suppliers weren’t being paid”. Rose himself is still owed £6,000 in expenses and remains unemployed. Rose can’t explain the exact reasons for the termination. “We just got told what to do by China, never why. We had to come up with our own assumptions and give our own stories to the staff on the ground.” Read more here.

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