What will VeloCittà be from 2017
The VeloCittà research project, supported by the European Commission, brought together urban Bike Sharing Schemes (BSS) from six major European cities and ran for three years 2014 -2017. VeloCittà also attracted 32 “follower cities” from EU and USA interested in using and sharing the project outcomes, exchanging bike share knowledge and in continuation of a bike share platform.
Two specific objectives as agreed with the European Commission at the beginning of the project state that VeloCittà was to: to provide an permanent ‘home’ – during the project and beyond - for information on and advice to cities on ‘Bike Sharing Systems’ and also to support other Bike Share schemes across Europe to increase their user-numbers and efficiency by providing a knowledge and experience base on communications and operational approaches.
A consortium of project partners is now taking VeloCittà forwards on these lines and a set of conferences and position papers are part of this ongoing work.
What was VeloCittà till 2017?
With more than 600 cities in 49 countries worldwide bike sharing has experienced an enormous growth and is one of the fastest ways to make energy efficient and sustainable transport available in urban area’s.
“Are BSSs a success? Depends who you ask!”; or as Bert van Wee, professor of transportation policy at Delft University of Technology, puts it in the same article “any assessment of a bicycle program is highly dependent on your definition of success.’’
In any case, Bicycle Share Systems can be effective in taking a first step towards a transition in transport, energy and the environment — a transition that is needed in the next decades. But all the answers on how and with which effects exactly are not there yet. VeloCittà will contribute to finding these answers.
VeloCittà seeks to change the travel behaviour of the public through two complementary approaches:
• Utilisation of user segmentation techniques to overcome perceptual and/or attitudinal barriers
• Adoption of the most effective available operational solutions with regard to financial organisation and political involvement to improve the performance of the Bicycle Share Systems
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