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Monday 25th May 2020

On your bike! Coronavirus prompts cycling frenzy in Germany

Long lines and sold-out stores: Bicycle shops in Germany have never been so busy. The bike is enjoying a surge in popularity as Germans seek to get out and about in safer ways during the coronavirus pandemic. Seven-year-old Mats sits proudly on his bicycle. It’s bright blue, just like his helmet, which sits firmly atop his head. “A real police bike,” Mats beams as he buzzes through the shop like a police motorcycle, sirens blazing. Mats is lucky. Children’s bikes are in short supply in many shops around Cologne. Even adults looking for specific models or parts are experiencing long wait times. Demand is huge at the moment. “I will never forget the Monday when we reopened the shop,” says Christoph Hopp, of Cologne’s Radlager bike store. “It was like a dam bursting.” For weeks, bike shops were among the businesses in Germany forced to shut due to the coronavirus pandemic. Unfortunately, it was just as the annual uptick in springtime business was beginning. “The minute the first crocuses stick their heads out of the ground, people want to get on their bikes,” says Hopp. That’s how it is every year, but “because of the closures this year, everything was obviously backed up.” Now, the rush is “just crazy,” he adds. ‘The vehicle of the hour’ It’s not just the beautiful spring weather and pent-up urge to shop that driving the surge in cycling. “Because of the coronavirus, the bicycle is the vehicle of the hour,” says David Eisenberger of the Zweirad-Industrie-Verband, or ZIV, an interest group that advocates on behalf of the bicycle industry in Germany. “We are noticing that not only on the streets but with the rush at bike shops.” Read more here:  
Thursday 19th December 2019

Urban Sharing to power the bike sharing systems of Milan and Verona

As we close out 2019, we will have a chance to push into that future with Clear Channel Italy. Beginning in 2020, we will upgrade the existing bike system software in both Milan and Verona to bring both cities onto the Urban Sharing platform through user-friendly features such as public transport integration, sophisticated operational tools and instant mobile unlock. The city of Milan currently has more cars per inhabitants than almost any other city in Europe. This is reflected in its equally high concentrations of air pollution, also among the highest in Europe. Through its 2015 Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP), Milan hopes to change that. Already Milan has created low-emission zones and aims to double its micromobility infrastructure by 2024. Still, in 2018 Milan averaged 5.3 million trips per day. While thirty percent of those trips were taken by cars, just six percent were taken by bike. Read more here:
Monday 02nd December 2019

Bike share with E-Bikes in Dubai

Bike-share in the desert? Seems improbable — and kind of sweaty — but together with the Middle East’s top ride-hailing company Careem, and Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), we’re making it happen. Starting in 2020, the Emirate will be home to Careem Bike, the region’s first large-scale electric bike-share scheme. It will feature 3,500 of our E-FIT bikes, as well as 350 smart stations. The e-bikes have an autonomy range of up to 70 km and a central motor that propels rides up to 25 km/h. Dubai’s taken steps to improve mobility infrastructure in recent years through a network of cycling lanes, with plans to more than double these dedicated thoroughfares by 2030. We think the E-FIT is the perfect vehicle to help the city’s residents and visitors take advantage of these efforts. While Dubai’s topography is relatively flat, the e-bike will give riders a boost when temperatures soar, reducing the amount of energy required to pedal. Read more here:
Monday 18th November 2019

Raggi says Rome is ready for new bike sharing service

Rome mayor called for the city’s new Uber Jump bicycles – the capital’s latest bike-sharing scheme – to be respected. The mayor was speaking during the launch of the new bike-sharing service, which costs €12 an hour and will see 2,800 Uber Jump bicycles on the city’s streets within the next few weeks. Describing it as an “amazing service being offered to Rome”, Raggi underlined that “we are the first weapon against degradation [of the bicycles].” Read more here:
Monday 18th November 2019

Greta will cost far less than Rome bike-sharing competitor Uber Jump

Commuters and tourists in Rome now have a new bike-sharing option with the arrival in the capital of Greta, the pedal-assisted e-bike operated by American micro-mobility company Helbiz. Named after the teenage Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg, the new white bicycles will be in competition with the recently-launched Jump, the bright red bikes operated by Uber. The white Greta e-bikes cost far less than the bright-red Jump bicycles, however Uber covers an area of 57 square kilometres, more than double that of the 27-sqm area covered by Helbiz. Greta bikes costs 25 cent to unlock, half the 50 cent unlocking fee charged by Uber Jump, and costs 7 cent a minute, in comparison to Jump’s 20 cent per minute fee. Both Uber and Helbiz operate with the support of the city of Rome. Read more here:
Thursday 14th November 2019

The Future of Bike Share

It’s electric! Electric bikes (e-bikes) will transform urban and suburban transportation. With a little bit of pedaling, you get up to 20 mph. These mobility marvels come with a hefty price tag to purchase outright. But dockless electric bike share is rolling across the country at price points comparable to standard pedal bikes. From an urban planning perspective, e-bikes are appealing to a diverse group of people who would otherwise not get on a bicycle. Bike advocates often refer to the “interested but concerned” population who would use bicycles for transportation if some barriers were removed. E-bikes are appealing to people who haven’t ridden in years, or who feel out of shape. It’s not the same level of exercise as a traditional pedal bike, but it is replacing a car trip. Read more here.
Saturday 14th September 2019

Edinburgh bike cycle hire scheme hits nearly 100,000 trips on first anniversary

Edinburgh’s cycle hire scheme will soon break the 100,000 trips mark as its first anniversary nears. Bosses at the Just Eat Cycles scheme also revealed the longest trip using one of their bikes, an incredible 65km or the equivalent of cycling from Edinburgh city centre to Stirling Castle. A total of 98.176 trips have been made since the launch of the scheme last year on 17 September. Read more here.
Wednesday 11th September 2019

The Evolution of Bike Sharing in China

Dutch Cycling Embassy and partner 3pm visit Shanghai to explore the evolution of bike sharing in China. Over the weekend of September 7th and 8th, 2019, Paul Hoffschult from 3pm and Lucas Harms from the Dutch Cycling Embassy visited Shanghai, China. They were invited by the Netherlands’ Consulate in Shanghai and HelloGlobal, a bike sharing operator which started in China in 2016, and currently provides over 20 million daily rides for 260 million users in 360 Chinese cities. They are expected to grow considerably in the years ahead, and are also looking to expand to other Asian countries (and possibly Europe). On Saturday, we exchanged knowledge and expertise in the HelloGlobal headquarters, and afterwards used their bicycles for a tour through the city (including a brand new e-bike, which was surprisingly comfortable). Bike sharing in China is entering a second phase, after the unsuccessful trials a couple of years ago by investors like Ofo, which resulted in massive bike-share “graveyards” due to poor quality and operational management. After serious improvements, the popularity of the (bike) sharing system is expanding every day, with more citizens getting easy access at more and more locations (including subway and transit stations) for limited prices (and payments via QR-codes facilitated by AliPay). Read more here
Wednesday 11th September 2019

New share bike rental launched – Two-year service agreement with the City of Reykjavik

This morning, a new division bicycle rental started operating in Reykjavik, and was launched at one of more than 40 stations that users can download or return bikes, according to a report from the City of Reykjavik. Republic has been picked as the official Bike Share for Reykjavik. We are happy to get Iceland on the map and we are grateful that we have been chosen and look forward to helping the city be greener, faster to get around and more fun! Our Hub-centric model which means good order in the city while providing flexibility and affordability seems to be valued by cities and their citizens. Hundreds of bicycles were first put in place, and the mayor, president of the city council, chairman of the Planning and Transport Council and chairman of the Environment and Health Council got to test the first wheels. The share bike rental is run by the Donkey Republic brand which offers bikes in many cities and users can order bikes with a phone app. The app will be able to see free wheels, but the shareware rental will be available to users free of charge in the first week. Read on here.
Thursday 25th July 2019

Scooter-sharing Hype in Europe, a Déjà vu?

France first and Germany next? Starting last month, Germany allowed scooter-sharing companies to officially operate across the country (if an ABE ‘Allgemeine Betriebserlaubnis’ is in place). These days it seems Europe has become the battleground for  both American scooter-sharing players like Bird and Lime (both established 2017) and European players Circ, Tier and Voi (all established 2018), just to name a few. Indeed, transportation has become a major pain point for many urbanites. However, the launch of more than 12 electric scooter-sharing companies and the introduction of  20k scooters into the Parisian cityscape has been far from perfect , leading mayor Anne Hidalgo to refer to it as a trend “not far from anarchy”. Is history repeating itself? A lot has been written about the bike-sharing craze in China between around 2016 and 2018. In some ways, many of the actions taken by users, companies, investors and even regulators seem to mimic things we have observed in China before (note that scooter-sharing companies are blocked from operating in many Chinese cities). I want to connect the dots between what is happening in the scooter-sharing space in Europe (and US) right now and how this relates to the bike-sharing craze in China. While this article is a reflection of my opinions, it also presents a possible future scenario of  what will happen next in the scooter-sharing industry. Read more here.
Saturday 20th July 2019

Bird Scooters Looking For Several Hundred Million More Dollars to Piss Away

The Information got their hands on Bird’s presentation to current investors and the overall picture is not pretty. The e-scooter company, currently valued at $2.3 billion, is low on cash after losing $100 million in the first quarter of 2019. This despite the fact that the scooter company has raised more than $700 million in a year and a half. As one does when money is tight, the company is looking for a few hundred million extra bucks from investors, The Information further reports, because scooters are the future of urban mobility. It’s worth remembering that Bird’s founder is Travis VanderZanden who, prior to founding a scooter company, was COO of Lyft and VP of International Growth at Uber, the two poster companies for losing a crap ton of money because business models that involve making money is for suckers. Read more here.  
Monday 15th July 2019

Invasion of the electric scooter: can our cities cope?

(Or: where have I heard that before?) Over the past 18 months, it feels as though e-scooters have taken over many of the world’s cities. Scooter share firms have staked claims in more than 100 cities worldwide. Lime and Bird (from the US) and Voi, Circ, Flash and Tier (from Europe), are start-ups dripping with venture capital backing, attempting to create and carve up a market that is changing cityscapes everywhere. But piles of scooters discarded by the roadside, a worrying number of injuries and even some road deaths have provoked a growing backlash in some places. Those dangers were underscored recently when Emily Hartridge, a 35-year-old YouTuber and TV presenter, was killed while riding an e-scooter in Battersea, south-west London, after a collision with a lorry at a roundabout. Last month Paris – the e-scooter hub of Europe, with an estimated 20,000 trottinettes on the streets – saw its first fatality after a young man was hit by a truck. So are e-scooters a vital new part of modern, eco-friendly urban transport, or are they a risky and unnecessary fad, pushed by tech investors desperate to disrupt the status quo? And what can people in the UK, where the use of e-scooters remains illegal on both roads and pavements – despite the rise in models for sale in shops – learn from the experience of other European cities? Read more here.
Sunday 14th July 2019

Bike-share companies team up to share data

Eight of Europe’s leading bike-share operators and suppliers have teamed up to form an expert group to promote the bike-sharing industry in European cities and foster collaboration.  The group, which consists of some of the biggest names in the industry (nextbike, Jump, Ride on, Smoove, Donkey Republic, Mobike, Moventia and PBSC) announced their partnership at Velo-City 2019 in Dublin. Sebastian Schlebusch, Director of International Business Development at nextbike and Chair of the expert group told Cities Today: “Our aim is to facilitate collaborative research and create a voice for the bike-sharing industry in Europe. “The first thing we want to do is expand, and get all other bike-sharing operators and suppliers to join us so that we represent the whole industry.” “Secondly, we want to share our data and make it more visible, so that whoever wants to see the impact of bike-sharing doesn’t need to look at 20 different sources, they can find it in one place.” “Cities are very important partners for us, because we cannot work effectively without their goodwill and support, but they also need us and our expertise to provide a good service for residents, so there’s a mutual interest,” added Schlebusch. “It’s important that we use this forum (the expert group) to foster an open dialogue between city networks and the industry.” Read more here.
Saturday 13th July 2019


With over 300 BOOST e-bikes and 35 smart docking stations, MonaBike spans the entire Monegasque territory, from Monte Carlo’s city centre to the train station, Prince’s Palace and casino. Smart stations will also be placed in Beausoleil, on the border between France and Monaco, come September. Commuters can find stations in select underground parking lots, inviting them to leave their cars behind and hop on a bike for the last leg of their journey. THE BOOST e-bike, which can reach speeds of up to 25 km/h, has a rear propulsion motor that adjusts based on the rider’s needs, propelling them smoothly and comfortably without noise or vibrations up Monaco’s rugged and hilly terrain. It has an autonomy range of 60km and once docked at a PBSC’s smart station, the e-bike battery begins to automatically recharge. Read more here.
Thursday 09th May 2019

One of EU’s largest electric bike-sharing systems launched in Gdańsk – Gdynia – Sopot Metropolitan Area

March 2019 saw the launch of what is to become one of the largest electric bicycle sharing systems in Europe. The system, called MEVO, launched as a single public bike sharing scheme in the 14 cities and communes of the Gdańsk – Gdynia – Sopot Metropolitan Area in Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland. Free-floating system The electric bike can be used by residents and tourists visiting Gdańsk, Gdynia, Sopot, Tczew, Puck, Reda, Kartuzy, Sierakowice, Somonino, Stężyca, Władysławowo, Żukowo, Pruszcz Gdański and Rumia. The bikes can be collected from any of 660 bicycle stations spread across 6 cities and municipalities in the Metropolitan Area. Renting and returning bicycles to any of these stations is at no extra charge. Bicycles can also be returned outside the designated parking stations; for an additional fee of PLN 3, bicycles can be returned anywhere within the area of use (the boundaries of individual cities), as long as they are left in a public place and do not hinder other users of public space. Cyclists that rent a bicycle from any location outside the 660 stations and who return it back to one of the stations, earn a bonus in the form of a 2 Zlotys (0.47 euro) top-up. Read more here.
Thursday 09th May 2019

Learning lessons From Vélib’ Métropole Difficulties

After ten years of operation in Paris and its surrounding suburbs, Vélib Métropole replaced Vélib’ as the city’s new, self-service bike-share system on January 1st, 2018. The system and operator transition that comes with this new system, however, has been very complicated. The switch from JCDecaux to the new service provider, Smovengo, should have been completed by March 2018 but it will only be realised in June 2019. The different failures that led to this messy situation has driven the Paris City Council to order an audit by the General Inspectorate to learn lessons from this experience. With the geographical expansion of the Vélib’ service came a juridical question: what structure will support the service management? The year 2015 was almost entirely dedicated to the definition of this structure and it was finally decided that it was to be a mixed association called the Syndicat Mixte Autolib’ Vélib’ Métropole, or SMAVM, which would include every local city council within it. With around 65 cities concerned, and a service yet to be defined technically and financially, it was no small business… Today, Vélib’ Métropole is a working service with 1260 active stations and 13 000 bikes (but still missing 200 stations and 7 000 bikes). 2018 saw half of all Vélib’ subscribers leaving the platform (from 300 000 to 163 000), and with a top day at 78 000 rides, we are still far away from the average 100 000 daily rides of the JCDecaux era. Let’s hope that the continuous improvement in technology and operations will bring light back to Vélib’. Read more here.
Wednesday 08th May 2019

Cardiff doctors to prescribe free bike hire to patients

Bike hire will be available for free on prescription, as part of a new pilot scheme at GP surgeries. Cardiff and Vale health board said, as of Wednesday, GPs at two practices in the capital could refer patients. Doctors can prescribe six months of nextbike membership for people who need to do more exercise or lose weight.Public health consultant Dr Tom Porter said it was “one of the easiest ways to reduce your risk of ill health while building your cardiovascular fitness”. The health board said the project was a UK-first and would be available to doctors at Lansdowne Surgery and Fairwater Health Centre. Once prescribed, patients will be given a code which allows them unlimited free 30-minutes hires. Read on here.
Wednesday 01st May 2019

Mobike is pulling all of its bikes out of Newcastle and Gateshead

Cycle hire firm Mobike is pulling all of its bikes out of Newcastle and Gateshead. The company has confirmed that it is suspending its North East operation, moving hundreds of its distinctive orange and silver bikes from Tyneside to London. It comes after months of speculation over the cycle sharing service’s future in the region, amid concerns about vandalism – with many bikes seen dumped in the River Tyne or abandoned elsewhere. Mobike said: “We have enjoyed serving Newcastle and Gateshead and have received great support from the people of the city, the city councils and Northumbria Police. However, in order to increase the sustainability of our UK business we will focus on developing our operations in London during the rest of the year. Read more here.
Monday 15th April 2019

Citi Bike Pulls New Electric Bikes Off Streets, Citing Safety Concerns

The pedal-assist bikes operated by Lyft-owned companies in New York City, San Francisco and Washington were removed based on concerns over the brakes. In recent months, dozens of riders have reported injuries while riding electric Citi Bikes, prompting the company on Sunday to pull all of the approximately 1,000 electric bicycles from New York City’s streets amid safety concerns about the brakes. Lyft, which owns Citi Bike, took similar precautions with its other bike-sharing services in Washington and San Francisco. “We recently received a small number of reports from riders who experienced stronger than expected braking force on the front wheel,” the company said in a statement on its website. “Out of an abundance of caution, we are proactively removing the pedal-assist bikes from service for the time being. We know this is disappointing to the many people who love the current experience — but reliability and safety come first.” Read more here.
Thursday 11th April 2019

Le « semi free-floating », nouvelle tendance du vélo en libre-service

Plusieurs opérateurs incitent ou obligent leurs usagers à déposer leur vélo dans des déplacements dédiés. Une façon de ne pas encombrer les trottoirs et de lutter contre le vandalisme. Côté pile : le free-floating offre une liberté totale à ses utilisateurs, qui peuvent déposer leur vélo où bon leur semble, contrairement au système Vélib’ fonctionnant avec des stations. Côté face : les trottoirs des villes sont de plus en plus encombrés par les deux roues. Ce qui crée des crispations avec les piétons et agace les municipalités, soucieuses de garantir une forme d’harmonie dans l’espace public. C’est pour répondre en partie à ce problème que plusieurs spécialistes du vélo en libre-service parient désormais sur le modèle du « semi free-floating ». Le dernier en date est Uber. Le géant américain des VTC lance jeudi son  service de vélos et de trottinettes électriques (Jump) à Paris. Read more here.
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.
Thursday 14th February 2019

Københavnere er frustrerede: El-løbehjul står parkeret uden tilladelse overalt i byen

Copenhagen is frustrated: Electric scooters are parked without permission anywhere in the city Siden nytår har Yael Bassan, ejer og direktør af Copenhagen Bicycles, haft udsigt til to el-løbehjul fra udlejningsfirmaet Tier. De står hver morgen på pladsen overfor cykelforretningen, selvom hun hver dag flytter dem. Ikke fordi hun er bange for konkurrence, men fordi udlejningsfirmaerne af de elektriske løbehjul ikke har tilladelse til at stille deres løbehjul på kommunens gader, fortove eller veje. Og så fordi hun er frustreret. Read on here.
Tuesday 12th February 2019

After Uber bought Jump, people started riding bikes instead of ordering cars

It’s been a year since the bright red Jump electric-assist bikes started popping up around San Francisco streets. It’s also been a year since you could rent the e-bikes through the Uber app as part of a bike-sharing pilot program for the ride-hailing app. In those 12 months a lot went down: Uber bought Jump, Jump launched e-scooters in some cities, and Uber vowed to become the “Amazon of transportation.” Jump crunched the numbers and found its year in San Francisco was just as busy as Uber’s. Jump released numbers Friday that show 63,000 riders in SF took more than 625,000 trips, covering more than 1.6 million miles. San Francisco limited the number of bicycles to 250 until it doubled the fleet size in October 2018. The bicycles can be locked to any rack or post and don’t require a dock. That’s a lot of rides, but what stands out are the numbers after Uber acquired Jump in April. The full integration with the ride-hailing app turned people away from ride-hailing quite significantly. Uber trips went down 10 percent. Uber trips were displaced with Jump bike-rides even more during the busy workday during the week: Uber trips went down 15 percent during those times. Those are also the more congested times in the city. Read more here.
Monday 14th January 2019

Boardman shows path to break cycle of Manchester’s car commuter hell

Manchester’s mayor, Andy Burnham, aims to turn the city into one of the greenest in Europe, and a place of mostly haphazard, sometime pot-holed cycle lanes, into the cycling capital of the country with 1,000 miles of network. Boardman has been given 10 years and £1.5bn of ringfenced money. He is confident he can change behaviour in this rainy city, where there are 250 million car journeys of less than 1km every year, where life expectancy is among the lowest in the country, where air pollution is too high, where people eat, drink and smoke too much and do not do enough exercise. It is also the first place in the world where Mobike, the Chinese cycle-sharing operator, withdrew because of antisocial behaviour. But Boardman sees only potential .“I enjoy talking about this because it has absolutely nothing to do with cyclists. They might benefit but this is for people who drive because they’re the ones who are going to want to change if it’s going to work.” Read more here.
Friday 28th December 2018

Time Is Running Out for Unprofitable Chinese Startups

A bike-sharing crash in China shows the folly of taking such startups too seriously now that venture capital is drying up. Ofo never had a sustainable business model. Chinese bike-sharing companies rent out bicycles for just a few U.S. cents an hour, which is far from covering their costs. Still, the sector dotted the streets of every major Chinese city with millions of bikes, supported by billions of dollars of venture capital. Ofo got $2.2 billion of funding, including $866 million as recently as March in an Alibaba-led funding round, according to data provider Crunchbase. Mobike, the other big bike-sharing startup in China, may struggle to benefit from Ofo’s problems in a hypercompetitive market. Meituan Dianping bought Mobike for more than $2 billion in April to complement its core food-delivery business, which like bike-sharing is unprofitable despite strong growth. Meituan has lost a third of its value since its Hong Kong initial public offering in September. Tech giants Alibaba and Tencent, which have sunk billionsinto startups in the past few years and could face write-downs, could become collateral damage. The enchanted forest of unicorns looks set to be among the victims of China’s worsening economy. Read more here.
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.
Saturday 01st December 2018

Are cities making the same mistake all over again?

Pump The Brakes: City Orders Lime To Remove 1,000 Scooters From Downtown Austin Austin is ordering dockless scooter operator Lime to pull 1,000 scooters from its fleet after the city alleges Lime violated its agreement with the city. A memo from the Austin Transportation Department says it ordered Lime to cut its 5,000-scooter fleet by a fifth on Tuesday. ATD Director Rob Spillar said Lime violated the terms of the city’s agreement by rolling out more than 500 scooters in the downtown area. “We must hold every dockless mobility company accountable to the rules,” said Spillar in a statement. “Our goal is to create a safe, equitable, fair and transparent mobility environment for everyone. This includes working to ensure that dockless mobility units are distributed equitably across the city in order to serve the mobility needs of people in as many parts of Austin as possible.” Read more here.
Wednesday 28th November 2018

Lime launches in UK

Lime has officially launched in the UK, with the country’s first fleet of Lime-E electric-assist bikes arriving in Milton Keynes. The bikes have a 250-watt motor, a rechargeable lithium battery and cost £1 to unlock and 15p per minute to ride. General manager for Lime UK Jaanaki Momaya said: “We’re excited to provide residents and visitors to Milton Keynes with a healthy, accessible and emission-free way to get around town.   Read more here.
Monday 12th November 2018

Inside the battle to bring electric scooter-sharing start-ups to Europe

Stepping out of the Gare du Nord rail station, one of the first things I see is a young man riding a large, black electric scooter along a cycle path, zipping by as cars remain stuck in traffic beside him. This may be a new sight in Paris, but it’s not an unusual one. Two US technology giants have set their sights on the city as a testing ground for their belief that the future of transport lies in the form of dockless electric scooters which can be located using a smartphone app Technology investors have backed these businesses with hundreds of millions of dollars, betting on electric scooters as the future of transport. Cities are clogged with cars and pollution, the thinking goes, and we still don’t have a good solution for “last mile” transport – the journey between home and the nearest public transport stop. But many cities are still recovering from the launch of dockless bicycles, many of which deployed thousands of bicycles in cities overnight without the proper licenses to operate. That experience has left cities concerned about the deployment of other dockless transport services such as electric scooters. Read more here.
Tuesday 06th November 2018

The shy geek behind Hellobike – the latecomer that battled for survival in China’s bike sharing industry

It was the only moment of relief in two years of anxiety. In November last year, Yang Lei got confirmation that Alibaba Group Holding’s financial arm, Ant Financial Services, would back his bike sharing start-up Hellobike. It meant nothing less than the continued survival of the company which Yang, a serial entrepreneur, had co-founded two years earlier when he was only 28. A year on and the anxiety is still there, but Shanghai-based Hellobike has survived a brutal shake out in China’s bike sharing industry, emerging in third spot behind two Beijing-based companies, Ofo and Mobike. “You need to deal with pressure and anxiety everyday when you are an entrepreneur,” Yang told the South China Morning Post over coffee at the Kempinski Hotel’s cafe in Beijing. “I’m already very satisfied to have experienced that brief moment of exhilaration,” he said, referring to Ant Financial’s investment. Read more here.
Saturday 27th October 2018

Stopp för Stockholms lånecyklar nästa år

Upphandlingen av ett nytt lånecykelsystem i Stockholm har havererat. Nu tyder det mesta på att Stockholms stad inte kan erbjuda några lånecyklar alls nästa år. De populära hyrcyklarna i Stockholm ser ut att frysa inne under 2019. Orsaken är en punkterad juridisk process där trafikkontoret under onsdagen meddelade att hela upphandlingen måste göras om eftersom processen tagit alldeles för lång tid. Man säger att det enligt stadens jurister inte är möjligt att förlänga det befintliga avtalet med Citybikes ytterligare ett år. – Vi arbetar nu med en ny upphandling och målsättningen är att ett lånecykelsystem ska finnas på plats så snart som möjligt, men det kommer att bli svårt att klara till våren 2019, säger Jonas Eliasson, förvaltningschef på trafikkontoret i ett skriftligt uttalande. Hård kritik mot staden På företaget Clear Channel som haft lånecykelavtalet Citybikes från starten 2006 menar man att trafikkontoret och stadens jurister har fel och kallar hela upphandlingsföljetongen för en ”riktig soppa”. Read more here.
Saturday 27th October 2018

150 euros de multa por ir en bici por la acera

Bilbao estrena la flota de bicicletas eléctricas «más puntera» de España, pero su uso indebido acarreará sanciones La bicicleta eléctrica se abre camino en Bilbao. Dispuesta a conquistar a los vecinos y a revolucionar la movilidad en una ciudad en la que llueve bastante y que está llena de repechos. Los más de 13.000 abonados al servicio municipal de dos ruedas podrán disfrutar desde mañana de ellas. Se trata del modelo de velocípedo más avanzado del España, según ha explicado el edil de Movilidad, Alfonso Gil. Nextbike-Sagalés, la empresa adjudicataria, gestiona también el servicio en Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, pero las bicis que ha incorporado a la ciudad disfrutan de los últimos avances tecnológicos. Son el último grito. En breve, también llevarán un elemento en el manillar que servirá como soporte para el smartphone. La flota se despliega con más de 200 unidades, que llegarán a las 300 los próximos días. En enero, serán 450. Más que nunca en Bilbao. Read more here.
Thursday 25th October 2018

Zoov launches an ebike sharing system that fits in with existing roads

This French startup is trying to avoid the mess of other mobility services. Whether they take the form of scooters or bikes, pedestrian mobility programs have sprung up quickly around the globe, occasionally angering people and governments in cities that hadn’t asked for a rack of vehicles in the middle of their sidewalk. New French startup Zoov claims its approach to bike sharing “respects public roads” with smaller stations that can fit 20 bikes in the area of a single parking space and comfortable bikes that don’t need an external lock. Zoov’s president is Eric Carreel, who co-founded Withings and recently purchased the wearable company back from Nokia. The bikes were designed by Elium Studios, responsible for many of Withings’ products, including the recent scales and watches. Read more here.
Tuesday 09th October 2018

Lime retreats from Copenhagen due to the legal pressure.

Lime retreats from Copenhagen due to the legal pressure. Users were facing ca. 150 € fines if catched by the police. And, truth must be said, there were many users. Den amerikanske transporttjeneste Lime fjerner nu omkring 200 elektriske løbehjul fra gaderne i København og venter på, at det bliver lovligt at køre på dem i trafikken. Virksomheden skriver i en pressemeddelelse, at lanceringen af løbehjulene har været en kommerciel succes, men at pilotprojektet nu bliver indstillet. – Det har været en fornøjelse at se, hvordan københavnerne har taget imod løbehjulene og en ny måde at bevæge sig rundt i byen på. Antallet af kørte ture på løbehjulene har i den grad overskredet vores forventninger, lyder det fra Limes europæiske direktør, Gauthier Derrien. Løbehjulenes indtog i København har været omdiskuteret, da lovgivningen forbyder elektriske løbehjul at køre de steder, hvor færdselsloven gælder. Read more here.
Monday 08th October 2018

Chinese bike-sharing startup Ofo is backpedaling on its US business

Less than a year after launching in the United States, Ofo now says it is laying off staff across the country and pulling out of several cities. “As we continue to bring bikeshare to communities across the globe, Ofo has begun to reevaluate markets that present obstacles,” Andrew Daley, head of Ofo North America, said in a statement Thursday. The company will instead “prioritize growth in viable markets,” he added. Ofo employed about 120 people in the United States, and was operating in more than 30 American cities. The company said it will maintain operations in places like San Diego and Seattle, where it faces fewer regulatory challenges. An Ofo spokesman declined to say how many people would be laid off and which cities the company will abandon. It had already pulled out of Chicago earlier this month, citing regulatory hurdles. The Chinese startup is also facing competition from US ride-hailing giant Uber, which bought a dockless electric bike-sharing firm, Jump Bikes, in April. Read more here.
Friday 28th September 2018

Code of conduct Dockless cycle hire London

This code of practice has been developed by TfL in collaboration with London’s boroughs and other key stakeholders for potential operators of dockless cycle hire schemes. Dockless cycle hire is a service in which bikes can be located, hired and unlocked using a smartphone app and do not require a docking station. The code lets operators know what is expected of them and ensures that dockless bike schemes complement London’s public transport network and support the Mayor’s Transport Strategy. Dockless cycle hire has potential to make cycling more accessible and attractive for Londoners. While we welcome responsible bike hire initiatives, dockless bike operators need to work with TfL and London boroughs to make sure that schemes do not have a negative impact on other cyclists, road users and pedestrians or result in unlawful highway obstruction.   Read more here.
Monday 24th September 2018

A pedales por las cuestas de Bilbao y sin esfuerzo

Los gurús de la movilidad vaticinan que la gente del futuro mirará con repugnancia hacia nuestros días, aquel momento histórico en el que las personas y los coches compartían espacio en las ciudades. Puaj. Recordarán con grima cuando los peatones, y la gente desde sus casas, respiraban el veneno que miles de vehículos de combustión emitían ante sus narices. Para esos gurús, las ciudades del futuro estarán libres de humos, o bien porque el tráfico se restringirá de manera implacable, o bien porque los nuevos medios de transporte y los nuevos hábitos serán sostenibles. Limpios. 12.906personas están inscritas en Bilbon Bizi, que realiza 901 préstamos diarios. El Ayuntamiento prevé que con las nuevas bicis los usuarios aumenten, al menos, un 30% el primer año.Pedalada asistidaEl principal atractivo del futuro servicio Bilbaobizi -donde los puntos de préstamo pasarán de los 31 actuales a 40- es que las unidades serán de pedaleo asistido. Es decir, un motor ayudará a las piernas del ciclista. Tendrán una autonomía de unos 50 kilómetros y la recarga, que se hará en los puntos de préstamo, durará como máximo 90 minutos.Más tecnologíaLos usuarios del futuro servicio -que seguirá costando 20 euros al año para empadronados, y 25 para vecinos de otros municipios- desbloquearán las bicis a través de una app en su móvil. Una novedad con respecto a la situación actual es que las unidades tienen un sistema de bloqueo, lo que permitirá a los usuarios hacer paradas intermedias entre dos puntos de préstamo. También disponen de geolocalización y un sistema de alarma para el caso de que salgan del término municipal o se intente alterar el sistema. Read more here.
Wednesday 12th September 2018

Scooters vs Bikes: SA’s bike-share program may feel effects of scooters

From Southtown to downtown San Antonio, it seems like at every corner you can find a Bird or Lime scooter sitting or on the move. It’s nothing new that the scooters are seeing success, but it could be at the cost of the Alamo City’s bike-share program. Q: Has there already been a decrease in usage for the bike-share program? A: “Any time there’s new technology that comes on the scene, in any industry, it takes a while to see what the impact is going to be,” J.D. Simpson, executive director of San Antonio Bike Share, said. There are 64 bike-share programs with about 550 bikes that can be found around the city and only after a few months, there hasn’t been a sizable impact. “It’s a new technology and we certainly appreciate new technology and anything that’s going to come along and help make transportation easy and better in San Antonio,” said Simpson. Read more here.
Saturday 08th September 2018

nextbike startet neu durch und fährt Verleihrekord ein

Leipzig ist Bike-Sharing-Lab! Seit 2004 werden von hier aus Fahrradverleihsysteme in der ganzen Welt realisiert. Begonnen als Start-UP mit viel Pioniergeist, hat die nextbike GmbH wegweisend dazu beigetragen Bike-Sharing als nachhaltiges öffentliches Verkehrsmittel international zu etablieren. Mittlerweile hat das gründergeführte Unternehmen über 300 Mitarbeiter, ist in 25 Ländern aktiv und europäischer Marktführer. Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Leipzig, Burkhard Jung: “Wir verfolgen die Entwicklung von nextbike seit Jahren und sind sehr stolz, dass sich aus unserer Stadt heraus ein solch nachhaltiger Mobilitätstrend weltweit verbreitet hat. Öffentliche Fahrradverleihsysteme sind Daseinsvorsorge und eine einfache Lösung für Verkehrsprobleme. Innerstädtisch kommt man per Rad am schnellsten von A nach B. Nextbike-Räder sind in Leipzig fast überall verfügbar und in bestem Zustand: erst vergangene Woche, war ich gemeinsam mit dem ADFC in Leipzig auf einem nextbike unterwegs.” Read more here.
Thursday 30th August 2018

Electric bikes for hire ‘will offer Londoners sweat-free cycling’

A Chinese bike-sharing firm has developed electric bicycles which it hopes to launch in London as a “sweat-free and fun” way to get to work.   Mobike​ , which already operates a conventional pay-as-you-ride service in the capital, has showcased a lightweight e-bike that uses hybrid and full electric power. The company says the bikes could transform how Londoners travel, cutting Tube and bus journeys. Mobike launched its dockless bike-sharing scheme in London last year along with Obike, but was criticised after bikes were dumped. This week Mobike warned it could leave Manchester after 10 per cent of its fleet there was damaged, stolen or thrown in the canal. The Beijing-based company hired Dutch design firm Springtime to create the orange and grey cycles, which are described as “lightweight and comfortable”. Features include a central mobile phone holder for navigation and a seat that is adjustable with one hand. Read more here.
Monday 27th August 2018

Uber ‘to focus on bikes over cars’

Uber says it plans to focus more on its electric scooter and bike business, and less on cars, despite the fact it could hurt profits. Boss Dara Khosrowshahi said that individual modes of transport were better suited to inner city travel. He also forecast users would make more frequent shorter journeys in future. “During rush hour, it is very inefficient for a one-tonne hulk of metal to take one person 10 blocks,” he told the Financial Times. “Short-term financially, maybe it’s not a win for us, but strategically long term we think that is exactly where we want to head.” The ride-sharing firm has invested in a number of bike firms in the last year. Its Jump electric bikes are now available in eight US cities, including New York and Washington, and are soon launching in Berlin. Mr Khosrowshahi admitted that Uber makes less money from a bike ride than from the same trip in a car, but said this would be offset as customers used the app more frequently for shorter journeys. Read more here.
Friday 24th August 2018

The Bikeshare Planning Guide Operating Costs

A bikeshare system’s operating costs reflect its size and sophistication. The city will need to estimate (and work to minimize) operating costs if it plans to manage the system through a public-private partnership that includes some cost-sharing. Otherwise, operating costs fall completely to the operator(s), and the level of transparency around those costs will vary. As part of an MOU or permit application process, cities should require operators to provide estimated operating costs and proof of financial ability to shoulder those costs. Rebalancing is by far the most significant operating cost, but others include staffing, replacement parts, fuel for service vehicles, marketing, website hosting and maintenance, electricity and/or Internet connectivity for stations, membership keys, warehouse and storage insurance, and administrative costs. Depending on the contracting structure, the operating costs may also include debt service. A bikeshare system’s operating costs reflect its size and sophistication. The city will need to estimate (and work to minimize) operating costs if it plans to manage the system through a public-private partnership that includes some cost-sharing. Otherwise, operating costs fall completely to the operator(s), and the level of transparency around those costs will vary. As part of an MOU or permit application process, cities should require operators to provide estimated operating costs and proof of financial ability to shoulder those costs. Rebalancing is by far the most significant operating cost, but others include staffing, replacement parts, fuel for service vehicles, marketing, website hosting and maintenance, electricity and/or Internet connectivity for stations, membership keys, warehouse and storage insurance, and administrative costs. Depending on the contracting structure, the operating costs may also include debt service. Read much more here.
Friday 24th August 2018

Bike Share in the U.S. in 2017

Bike share in the U.S. has continued its brisk growth, with 35 million trips taken in 2017, 25% more than in 2016. This growth is attributable to increasing ridership in existing systems as well as the launch of several major new bike share systems across the country. Since 2010, 123 million trips have been taken on bike share bikes in the U.S. 2017 also saw the advent of a new bike share customer interface, commonly known as dockless bike share. Rollout has been uneven: after a series of unpermitted systems launched (and subsequently closed) in various cities across the U.S., numerous cities responded with pilot programs to permit dockless bike share operations. By the end of 2017, five major dockless bike share companies reported operating in approximately 25 cities and suburbs. Read more here.
Friday 24th August 2018

Combatting Oversupply And Over Servicing In Bike Sharing

The Bike Share boom saw a phenomenal rise in both docked and dockless public Bike Sharing systems. Today, these schemes are being forced to rethink their approach if they want to succeed in the long-term. It’s not about who can supply the most bikes in a market, but about how effectively they can manage and maintain their existing operations. In the race to win global market share, dockless, or free-floating, Bike Share providers were quick to deploy their multi-coloured bikes on local streets, globally. It led to an oversupply of bikes in many regions which didn’t cater to local demand. It was one of the first times we saw the full extent of the management issues in dockless schemes with stacks of abandoned and damaged bikes. Free-floating schemes are often positioned as having no cost to a city, but they have to ask themselves is “free” really free? There can be enormous costs associated with making sure bikes are parked appropriately and not cluttering an already busy urban landscape. Local residents, city planners and operators should all have a say in how free-floating schemes are implemented and managed. Today, we’re seeing dockless Bike Share operators pull out of major cities with ofo, Mobike, oBike, Reddy Go and Gobee recently shutting down operations around the world. In 2018 alone, Ofo has pulled out of Australia, India, Israel and numerous cities across the US including Washington D.C., Chicago and Miami. It’s a warning sign that investment is not purely enough to succeed in new markets. Read more here.
Thursday 23rd August 2018

Bike-sharing firm Mobike threatens to pull out of Manchester

Manchester could be the first world city abandoned by bike-sharing behemoth Mobike on the grounds of persistent vandalism and theft. The Chinese firm has issued a final warning to Mancunians following a year which has seen substantial numbers of the company’s orange and silver bikes damaged, stolen or thrown in the Manchester Ship Canal. Every month this summer 10% of Mobike’s Manchester fleet went missing or was vandalised, according to Steve Milton, Mobike’s global communications and marketing leader. Many of the estimated 2,000 bikes ended up at the bottom of the canal at Salford Quays and in various other waterways. Others were strung up lampposts, abandoned in the Arndale shopping centre, locked in secure car parks and hidden in sheds. A startling number had their locks hacked off – and with them, their inbuilt GPS trackers – and were resprayed gold, silver and a rainbow of other colours. Read more here.
Thursday 23rd August 2018

Global bike sharing market expected to grow 20% annually through to 2021

Pedal power is becoming the transport mode of choice for urban dwellers around the globe. Bicycles offer a means of travel that allows people to get to their destination quickly and cheaply, especially in large cities with congested roads. With worldwide sales of bike sharing services forecast to increase to EUR 8 billion by 2021, a veritable race for global supremacy has already begun. Rapid growth, especially in Asia, is fueled by the continued strong demand for cost-effective mobility, largely unregulated market access and massive investment. Private providers have recently mobilized more than USD 3 billion in venture capital to expand not just in China, but globally. Asian market leaders ofo and Mobike (each with 200 million registered users), which, unlike European providers, operate free-floating instead of station-based systems, have been pushing the European market since 2017. Read more here.
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. – Read more here
Thursday 02nd August 2018

Liverpool’s in-house bike hire scheme expands into regeneration area

The 100th citybike docking station has been installed in Liverpool within the Titanic Hotel’s car park, in the World Heritage listed Stanley Dock. The new station, which can hold 10 bikes, connects the district to a network of stations across Liverpool, with the scheme now offering 500 bikes. Situated near to the Regent Road entrance the Ten Streets creativity district, the citybike station provides easy access to the city centre. The Regent Road area is undergoing a multi-million pound revamp and will boast a new cycle lane, which will eventually connect up a 20-mile route from Otterspool, in the south of the city, to Ainsdale in Sefton. The works are one of the city council’s key highways schemes as part of a wider £500m investment drive to improve Liverpool’s roads. The bike hire scheme was launched in Liverpool in 2014 by Hourbike but was brought in-house by the council and rebranded citybike last year. Read more here
Tuesday 31st July 2018

With Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars Burned, The Dockless Bike Sharing Market Is Imploding

Dockless bike-sharing has exploded in just a couple of years, spreading to dozens of Chinese cities seemingly overnight. The incredible growth was fueled by a massive injection of venture capital, creating two startup unicorns in less than two years: Ofo, a three-year old dockless bike sharing company, had raised over $1.2 billion USD, and Mobike, which pulled more than $900 million in venture capital. In that same time, no less than 40 bike-sharing companies have popped up, creating a bizarre picture in major Chinese cities of ride-sharing bikes left in heaps of colorful piles. According to Xinhua news agency, more than two million bikes were available for sharing from 15 companies in Beijing alone, creating a burden for municipalities in China that were struggling to contain the explosive growth in a new industry. Now, dockless bike-sharing is spreading to other countries. Both Ofo and Mobike are expanding aggressively abroad, launching in Japan, Singapore, Europe and North America. In July, Ofo claimed to have 6.5 million bikes in its global network.  The scale and potential market of large cities attract companies to deploy their fleet. Dozens more startups are now on their path to implode, as competition is playing winner-takes-all strategy and leaving even players as large as Bluegogo was broken and devastated. And with a bigger threat looming over — if the merger of Ofo and Mobike happens next year — it will mark the end of life for many smaller players. Read more here.
Tuesday 24th July 2018

oBike’s liquidators to hold meeting for creditors and users

oBike Asia’s provisional liquidators will hold a meeting with the company’s creditors, including oBike users that paid a deposit, on 2 August 2018. The meeting is in line with the Companies Act (Cap. 50) of Singapore. According to an announcement, creditors will be provided with an update on the company’s winding up at the creditors meeting. The liquidators created a circular containing relevant details as well as forms for the meeting. Also read: oBike users urged to file proof of debt amidst liquidation A copy of the circular is available, for creditors to download, at “For the purposes of attending and/or voting at the creditors’ meeting, creditors are requested to submit their claims (via online form for deposit holders or by way of Form 77 for other creditors) and/or proxy forms by 12’o clock noon on 1 August 2018,” the liquidators said.
Sunday 22nd July 2018

Uber’s e-bikes are cannibalizing rides from Uber’s cars

Six months after jumping into the bikesharing game, Uber has made a fascinating discovery: New riders taking a spin on its red Jump electric bikes in San Francisco are more likely to continue riding the bikes instead of hopping in one of its ubiquitous cars. In other words, Uber is disrupting itself — and the company says it couldn’t be happier about it. “This is having a positive impact on the things cities care about, notably congestion and reducing carbon,” said Andrew Salzberg, who leads transportation policy and research at Uber. “Those [things] are exciting.” Uber isn’t alone in feeling that way. Mobility advocates said Uber’s findings show people will happily take two wheels instead of four if given the chance — something the company hopes will lead cities to loosen restrictions on bikeshare fleets. Read more here.
Sunday 22nd July 2018

Are Australians ‘tyred’ of dockless bike sharing?

If you’re thinking about signing up for bike sharing, you might want to consider a docked service. Earlier this month, bike sharing company oBike pulled its services from Melbourne following an announcement from the Victoria Environmental Protection Agency that the city would be instituting a new hefty fine for bikes left in hazardous locations. The future of the company in Adelaide and Sydney is still unclear. oBike isn’t the only struggling bike sharing service. Less than a year after the world’s largest bike sharingplatform first launched in Australia, ofo announced its decision to leave Australia. Australian owned Reddy Go is also restructuring its services. Though it remains to be seen if the company plans to close entirely, the fact that it’s giving away its bikes certainly isn’t a good sign. All three companies have remained silent on their websites and social media about ongoing changes. While other popular overseas ventures have entered Australia with lacklustre results, there seems to be a unique hostility towards bike sharing among Australians. Why aren’t Australians embracing bike sharing? Strict helmet laws may be partly to blame. While companies like ofo, Airbike and CityCycle attempted to provide every customer with a courtesy helmet, in reality, many helmets were lost or stolen. Some customers opted to use their own helmets, but carrying a helmet around lessens the convenience of using a shared bike. Read more here.
Friday 20th July 2018

Turning sharers into buyers

Bike sharing has become increasingly prevalent over the past few years. As it continues to burgeon, the big question is whether this concept – specifically the dockless bike share – should be considered a threat or an opportunity. Getting bums on saddles has always been a priority for the industry, which has to compete against apathy, laziness, and prejudice against cyclists, as well as facing all manner of competition be it Xboxes, buses, cars, gyms, Netflix, iPhones, not to mention concerns about road danger, sore bums and helmet hair. Involving Generation X and millennials in cycling, therefore, has to be a fillip. But in the share society – where mobility as a service has its own acronym (MaaS), the fact that people choose to ride bikes without owning one has to be cause for concern. Read more here.
Wednesday 18th July 2018

Introducing local residents to cycling

From the beginning, staff knew that they wanted to open up the bike share opportunities to a wider range of society than the usual suspects. “What we’re offering people is an introduction to cycling,” said Slade. “One of the areas we’re working with in Glasgow is the most ethnically diverse in Scotland. There are some language barriers where English isn’t the first language and people may be new to the UK.” One of the most important ways to get cyclists of all backgrounds on the bikes is to take down as many access barriers as possible. “Especially where people might not have smartphones or credit cards, we’re trying to break down barriers with cash payment and free phone numbers,” said Slade. “We have a £3 annual membership as part of the scheme. We provided half-an-hour free and have extended it to an hour. Riders experience anxiety when they don’t know how much they are going to be charged, or if there will be hidden costs.” According to Slade, one key difference between the UK and US contexts is that in the UK it is more common to see people of various income levels living in the same neighborhood, which can make it challenging to target bike sharing services to those who might need them most. To help reach more people, staff are working with community organizations such as the Red Cross, a refugee charity and women’s groups. Find out more about the Bikes for All program here. Read more here.
Tuesday 17th July 2018

O-Bike verschwindet aus Zürich

Nachdem ihr Veloverleih nur mässigen Erfolg gehabt hat, gibt die Firma O-Bike in der Limmatstadt auf. Mehrere hundert Fahrräder werden aus dem Stadtbild verschwinden. Auch in Winterthur sind die Velos fast nicht mehr sichtbar. Es waren einmal gelb-graue Fahrräder, die aus China kamen und in Zürich plötzlich überall herumstanden. Nach einem Jahr hat sich gezeigt: Die Firma O-Bike war mit ihrem Konzept nicht erfolgreich. Bis Ende Monat sollen rund 600 Velos eingesammelt werden. Mike Sgier, Sprecher des städtischen Tiefbau- und Entsorgungsdepartementes, bestätigte entsprechende Informationen des Senders Radio 1. Die Verantwortlichen von O-Bike hätten der Stadt versichert, alle Fahrräder geordnet aus dem Verkehr zu ziehen. Die Stadt gehe davon aus, dass sich O-Bike an diese Aussage halte. Auch in Winterthur sind die Fortbewegungsmittel kaum mehr zu sehen. Ende April habe man mit O-Bike den letzten Kontakt gehabt, sagt Stadtpolizeisprecher Michael Wirz auf Anfrage. Das Unternehmen habe damals eine Gebühr wegen Falschparkierens bezahlt und rund 60 Velos abgeholt, welche die Stadt zuvor eingesammelt hatte. Vereinzelt gebe es zwar nach wie vor noch wild abgestellte O-Bikes, die man einziehe. «Wir haben ein Dutzend an Lager», ergänzte Wirz. Das Stadtbild prägten sie nicht mehr. Read more here.
Tuesday 17th July 2018

Obike lässt in Hamburg 10.000 Fahrräder verrotten

Das Teilen von Fahrrädern liegt im Trend. Firmen wie Stadtrad vergrößern ihre Flotten von Jahr zu Jahr und ermöglichen den unkomplizierten, umweltfreundlichen Trip durch die City. Doch zugleich wachsen in mehreren deutschen Städten die Probleme mit den silber-gelben Leihrädern von Obike. Der Anbieter eines Bike-Sharing-Systems hat kürzlich Insolvenz angemeldet: Nun stehen Hunderte Räder im Weg und sind häufig Ziel von Vandalismus. Zwar habe das Unternehmen aus Singapur Städten wie München oder Hannover versprochen, alle oder einige Räder wegzuräumen. Passiert sei aber nicht viel, heißt es von diversen Behörden. In Hamburg hat Obike ein besonderes “Denkmal” an seine Versuche hinterlassen, den Markt des Bike-Sharing zu erobern. In einer Halle in Barsbüttel stehen 10.000 Fahrräder von Obike – bloß ist nie jemand damit gefahren. Der Hintergrund: In der Hansestadt hatte der Anbieter laut Verkehrsbehörde Mitte 2017 versucht, einen Fuß in den Markt zu bekommen, daraus wurde aber nichts. Nun hat Harald Ploß das Problem: Der Unternehmer hat die Lagerhalle in der Gemeinde an der Hamburger Stadtgrenze an Obike vermietet, doch er kommt an die Firma nicht mehr heran. Read more here.
Tuesday 17th July 2018

Bike share companies Ofo, oBike and Reddy Go set to depart Australian shores

FOR months, Aussies have complained of dumped share bikes littering the streets — and now, it seems the dockless bike experiment has failed spectacularly. Chinese-owned Ofo has just announced it will be withdrawing from Australia within two months, following hot on the heels of several other big-name competitors. The stunning turnaround comes less than a year after the Ofo scheme was first rolled out in Adelaide in October 2017, followed by Sydney soon after.   In a statement released to today, the company confirmed it now had made a “strategic decision to focus on priority markets internationally”. “Ofo will therefore wind-down operations in Adelaide and Sydney during the next 60 days,” the statement reads. “As part of this process, Ofo will begin to remove bikes from cities and consolidate them to our warehouses. “This decision does not come lightly, and Ofo Australia will act responsibly in each market as it winds down operations, resolving any outstanding concerns before finalising operations.” But Ofo is just the latest bike share operator to leave Australian shores. Read more here.
Monday 16th July 2018

Don’t ban scooters. Redesign streets.

Cities are regulating mobility startups, but ignoring the real problem—there’s still too much space for cars. All over the country, city leaders are spending their summers devoting careful thought to the number of rentable e-bikes that can be deployed on streets at once, where electric scooters might be parked, and how dockless companies should be punished for violating these terms. Just this week, the National Association of City Transportation Officials, which collates best practices from its 62 member cities, released draft guidelines around the regulation of “small vehicles.” Yet largely absent from these decisions—at least the public-facing ones—are how cities plan to quickly and dramatically reconfigure their streets to allow people to actually use anything but a car. It’s not like cities haven’t seen this coming. Traditional bike share has seen rapid growth nationwide—ridership in 2017 was up 25 percent over the previous year. Now, with Uber adding Jump electric bikes and Lime scooters to its app, and Lyft buying the country’s biggest bike-share operator, Motivate, and launching its own Lyft Bikes, the landscape is changing much more rapidly. Read more here.
Sunday 15th July 2018

The future will be dockless: could a city really run on ‘floating transport’?

Floating transport has obvious appeal to investors, especially those sore to have missed out on the Uber gravy train. Venture capitalists’ enthusiasm to jump on the next big thing in transport is the best explanation for the astounding US $300m (£226m) raised by scooter company Bird, at a valuation of $1.7bn, last month. That was matched this week by Uber and Google’s investment in Bird competitor Lime at a $1.1bn valuation, as the company rolls out (sorry) its bright green scooters to Paris, entering Europe for the first time. But simply being profitable doesn’t necessarily mean floating transport is good for a city, and the growth of the sector has been a bumpy ride. A big problem is that pavement is a shared space, and a limited resource. The overcrowding problems San Francisco has seen with Bird scooters are mirrored in London by Ofo bikes – a model where users abandon their vehicles wherever they want inevitably results in pavements littered with out-of-service rides. That can be annoying, unsightly or actively dangerous, depending on the circumstances. In London, parents have complained of having to push prams onto the road to get round piles of bikes, while wheelchair users in LA can find a previously accessible route blocked by a wayward scooters. Read more here.
Saturday 14th July 2018

The scrapping of unwanted oBikes is underway, with nearly 1,000 bicycles sent to a Tuas compound waiting to be dismantled and melted down

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Wednesday 11th July 2018

Uber, Alphabet invest in bike sharing service Lime

Bike sharing service Lime said on Monday it raised $335 million from a group of investors including ride-sharing firm Uber Technologies Inc and Alphabet Inc.  Uber will work with Lime as a strategic partner in the electric scooter space with the companies working to co-brand Lime’s scooters and make the service available on the Uber app. The investment round was led by GV, formerly Google Ventures, and the other new investors included IVP, Atomico and Fidelity Management and Research Company, Lime said in a blog post . The latest investment round values California-based Lime at $1.1 billion, Bloomberg reported earlier on Monday. Read more here
Wednesday 11th July 2018

Leihräder liegen herum: Anbieter Obike abgetaucht

Hannover/Singapur. In Hannover und anderen deutschen Städten sorgt eine Nachricht des Leihräderanbieters Obike für Unruhe: In Singapur meldete die Firma Insolvenz an. Dies soll zwar keine Auswirkungen auf Geschäfte an anderen Standorten haben, teilte der Anbieter mit. Doch die silber-gelben Leihräder liegen in den Innenstädten herum – teils werden sie Ziel von Vandalismus. Die Stadt Hannover kann seit Donnerstag niemanden mehr von Obike erreichen – weder per E-Mail noch per Telefon, wie eine Sprecherin sagte. Die Stadt bemühe sich um eine offizielle Bestätigung der Lage hierzulande. Anschließend wolle sie die Firma gegebenenfalls auffordern, die Räder aus dem Stadtgebiet zu entfernen. Reagiere Obike dann weiterhin nicht, würde die Stadt die Räder als Schrott entfernen lassen. Auch in Hildesheim gibt es Obike-Räder. Was mit ihnen passiert, konnte eine Stadtsprecherin noch nicht sagen. Read more here
Wednesday 11th July 2018

Nach oBike jetzt auch ofo: dünne Luft am Wiener Bike Sharing-Markt

Mit ofo zieht sich nach oBike innerhalb einer Woche der nächste Bike Sharing-Anbieter aus Wien zurück. Das chinesische Startup beklagt die starke gesetzliche Regulierung. Es sieht nicht gut aus für die stationsfreien Bike Sharing-Anbieter in Wien. Erst Anfang dieser Woche wurde bekannt, dass oBike seine Zelte in Wien bereits abgebrochen hat – derBrutkasten berichtete. Nun verabschiedet sich auch das chinesische Startup ofo nach nicht einmal einem Jahr Betrieb aus der österreichischen Hauptstadt. Gegenüber der Tageszeitung “derStandard” erklärte man, dass “hohe regulatorische Auflagen” einen wirtschaftlich orientierten Betrieb verunmöglicht hätten. Read on here.
Wednesday 11th July 2018

Bike sharing firm ofo quits Norwich

The company, which only started in the city in October, will withdraw its bikes over the summer as it looks to “cease operations in the city”. It did not reveal how many people used the service in Norwich, but said it wanted to focus on the capital. It says it has close to 200,000 users in the UK and its 2,800 bikes in London see an average of three hires every day. The company, which operates across the world with schemes in Australia, China, France, India, Italy, Spain and Russia, has signed partnerships to allow operations in 10 London boroughs. Joseph Seal-Driver, general manager of ofo UK, said: “The reception to our launch in Norwich was fantastic and we’ve seen a huge amount of hires. “Unfortunately, we’ve taken the difficult decision to withdraw from the city and focus on other key markets” Read more here.
Tuesday 10th July 2018

Bump in the road as bike share operators Reddy Go, ofo quit Sydney

Sydney cyclists will have one less bike share operator to choose from after Australia-owned company Reddy Go blamed red tape on its decision to quit the city. Reddy Go told users it was “restructuring” its business model due to “regulatory requirements” and members could collect free bikes from its warehouse in Alexandria. The start-up’s business woes follow the decision from Beijing-based dockless bike operator ofo this week to shut down its Australian operations. Their departures signal a significant shift in the city’s share bike economy as inner Sydney councils continue to grapple with ways to regulate the industry and prevent dumped bikes clogging streets. City of Sydney councillor Jess Scully said changes among the city’s four main share bike operators – Reddy Go, oBike, Mobike and ofo – were “maybe the end of phase one but the model is here to stay”. Read more here
Monday 09th July 2018

As bike shares spread coast to coast, cities look to Seattle for clues on how to regulate the industry

With about 10,000 bikes now on the streets in Seattle, the city’s Department of Transportation (SDOT) has been working for months on how to make dockless bike share a permanent presence here. The agency’s proposed regulations, which have been delayed repeatedly, are expected to be presented to the City Council this month. SDOT says the regulations will focus on how much to charge the companies in fees, how to make sure they serve all neighborhoods of the city and “a strong proactive approach” to keeping sidewalks clear. Bike sharing is big business. The two biggest companies operating in Seattle each have well over $100 million in private funding. The ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft, seeking broader roles in urban transportation, both recently bought bike-share companies for sums reported to be around $200 million or more. The two people most responsible for Seattle’s relatively lenient bike-share program — former SDOT Director Scott Kubly and former bike-share program manager Kyle Rowe — have both left government and now work for bike-share companies. Shouldn’t these massively funded, private companies looking to profit off of publicly owned space be tightly regulated? Read more here.
Saturday 07th July 2018

Swansea University Launches Region’s First Community Bikeshare Scheme Read more:

Swansea University staff, students, local businesses and members of the community have joined Vice-Chancellor Richard B Davies and Santander Universities UK Director Matt Hutnell to officially launch the start of a brand new bikesharing scheme for the city. Swansea now joins London and Milton Keynes, with Brunel soon to follow, to become one of four Santander backed bikeshare schemes. Santander Cycles Swansea was made possible following Swansea University’s fantastic win in the Santander Cycles University Challenge last December. During the energetic crowdfunding campaign, University students and staff, together with the local community and businesses came together to support the University in its bid to bring bikesharing to the city. The competition win saw the University secure an amazing £100,000 of Santander funding towards the capital costs for the scheme, which will be delivered by nextbike, one of the world’s most extensive bikeshare providers. Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: “ We have invested heavily in cycling infrastructure in the city over many years and as part of our active travel plan commitments we are continuing to look at ways to expand and improve the cycle network across Swansea. Read more here.
Thursday 05th July 2018

Mobike rolls out an electric dockless bike & new recycling scheme

China’s Mobike has unveiled a dockless e-bike at a press conference in Beijing. The pedal-assisted bike will be introduced both in China and international markets, said company founder Hu Weiwei. She said: “Demand for e-bikes is growing. We believe that they will complement our original bikes, and will further improve city life for both our users and cities themselves by reducing the reliance on cars.” Mobike has nine million bikes and 200 million registered users around the world. Earlier this year the company was acquired by digital specialist Meituan Dianping in a $1 billion deal. Mobike’s service has now been integrated into the Meituan platform, with users in China being able to hire a Mobike directly from the Meituan app. Read more here. And here.
Thursday 05th July 2018

oBike deposits were used to purchase more bicycles and fund operations: CASE

Since the bike-sharing firm announced last Monday that it’ll be shuttering its Singapore operations, users have been up in arms over the extreme difficulties in getting back the money they’ve put in to use oBike’s services. Thousands of users paid mandatory deposits ranging from $19 to $49 — all in the company’s bid to ensure “responsibility while using (their) service”. $6.3million is the amount that oBike currently owes its former riders, with company chairman Shi Yi simply offering good intentions and promises instead of foreseeable solid plans to roll out the refunds. According to him, the company is trying to raise money from its shareholders to replace the money they owe to an estimated 100,000 former customers. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) directed disgruntled users to lodge their complaints to CASE— a non-governmental organization without legislative powers. An update provided by CASE yesterday revealed even more disappointing details about the ordeal with oBike. According to the consumer watchdog body, our deposits have been used up by oBike to expand their bicycle fleet and fund their operations. In other words, the money we put into the service to pay for future bike rides was apparently used for other means. Read more here.
Wednesday 04th July 2018

Citymapper is trying to make sense of London’s dockless bike mess

Transport is getting complicated. Standing on a London street corner, you could walk down the street to catch a bus, hop on the Tube, or hail a taxi. But it might be faster to order an Uber, grab a Boris bike, or hunt down a dockless bike — or some combination of the above. Citymapper is hoping to unpick the mess of mass transit by including even more forms of transport in its journey planning app. The firm has long included docked bicycles such as London’s Santander Cycles — better known as Boris Bikes — as one of its transport options, but as some keen users have noticed, dockless bikes are now also being included, alongside dockless scooters, mopeds and other shared transport. The past year has seen an influx of dockless bicycles. When oBike launched in London, one borough was so annoyed by the bikes littering the pavement it banned the company, demanding it come and collect the yellow bikes; another called it a “plague”. That startup has since been forced to pull out of Melbourne and its home turf of Singapore, and faces competition from a wide range of challengers, with 26 sharing schemes operating across the UK, up from 16 in 2016 according to regulator Como UK. Read more here.
Tuesday 03rd July 2018

Entsperren, losradeln, abstellen: Neues Vermietsystem für Fahrräder in Erfurt gestartet

Die Fachhochschule und nextbike bieten ab sofort 100 Räder an zehn Stationen an. Die ersten 60 Minuten sind für Studenten kostenfrei. Read more here.
Monday 02nd July 2018

oBike owes town councils over S$88,000 in fines

SINGAPORE — Beleaguered bike-sharing operator oBike has been slapped with fines amounting to S$88,600 in total by the Bishan-Toa Payoh and Marine Parade Town Councils, ahead of the July 4 deadline imposed by Land Transport Authority to remove its fleet. About 170 offence notices from the Bishan-Toa Payoh Town Council were pasted at oBike’s abandoned office on Monday (July 2) morning. The offence notices pasted on the office window in nine stacks were mostly for obstruction of bicycles at common areas and failure to remove illegally parked rental bikes. oBike had 14 days from the date of notice to settle each fine, and an instalment plan could be arranged if it is unable to pay the entire sum by the due date. Under the proposed instalment plan from the town council, oBike could pay 50 per cent of the total amount payable first, and the remaining amount in a second instalment. Failing which, the town council said they shall commence legal proceedings to recover the monies as well as all the expenses incurred thereof. Read more here.
Friday 29th June 2018

Happy Birthday Biki!

A lot can change in a year. One year ago, Honolulu didn’t have a bike share system, and now it’s got one of the most successful bike share systems in North America with more than 800,000 rides in its first year. When Honolulu said “Aloha” to Biki bike share everything changed. Since its inception, Honolulu residents have embraced the bright turquoise bikes. Despite the city’s modest population, Honolulu is infamous for its traffic jams but now residents can leave their cars at home and jump on a Biki. They have literally changed lives, changed commuting habits, and changed the mobility landscape of Honolulu. Avid Biki riders praise the system for its ease of use, affordability, efficiency and above all how much fun it is. With stations conveniently located throughout the city, residents can easily get to and from where they need to go: work, beach, or simply for a joyride. It’s as simple as buying a pass at a station or at Read more here.
Thursday 28th June 2018

London-wide byelaw explored to regulate dockless bike hire

London-wide byelaw to manage dockless bike share schemes is being explored by  London Councils and Transport for London.  The plan was presented to London Councils’ transport and environment committee (TEC) last week. Owain Mortimer, London Council’s principal policy officer, said: “TfL and London Councils are exploring the feasibility of putting formal mechanisms in place for the regulation of dockless bicycle operators, restricting their operation other than by consent, and imposing certain operating requirements.” Dockless bike share schemes have been introduced across much of the capital in recent months. Mortimer said the schemes promoted active travel but said concerns about the schemes had also been raised, including street clutter; bikes being abandoned on private property; and the quality and safety of the bicycles. TfL has published a code of practice for schemes and some boroughs have struck memoranda of understanding with operators. But Mortimer said: “Experience to date has demonstrated that these measures are not adequate to address the concerns. In addition, as existing dockless bicycle sharing schemes expand and more are launched, there is a need for operations to be more co-ordinated and regulated than is presently the case. Although boroughs could introduce their own byelaws, this would lead to a fragmented approach being taken across the capital, said Mortimer. The alternative is for boroughs to delegate their ability to make byelaws for  dockless bike schemes to London Councils’ TEC. Read more here.
Wednesday 27th June 2018

Cambridge MP calls for bike-share regulation as Mobike launches 100-bike trial

Over a year after Ofo’s bright yellow bikes arrived in Cambridge, a second dockless bike-share company, Mobike, has launched a trial in the city, prompting Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner to call for greater regulation of dockless bike-share services. Mobike’s trial began on Thursday 21st June with 25 bikes, and it will expand to 100 over the course of the month. Ofo, which was launched in Cambridge in April 2017, has already brought 550 bikes to the city, and has announced further plans to expand their operations. Mobike’s business model is similar to other dockless bike-share companies, with users downloading an app, using the app to find and unlock a bike, and leaving the bike wherever they want when they finish using it. The model has come under criticism for leaving bikes vulnerable to vandalism. Ofo bikes in Cambridge have been thrown off a bridge, hung from the Princess Diana memorial, smashed with a large rock, and impounded at police stations. Read more here.
Wednesday 27th June 2018

Deposits converted into subscriptions as oBike withdraws from another market

Frustrated oBike customers fear they’ll never see their $70 deposits again after it emerged the company has allegedly been converting deposits into subscriptions. The Singaporean bike service withdrew from the Melbourne market several weeks ago after strict rules were imposed on the company by the state’s environmental authority. On Monday, the company issued a statement saying it would also stop operating in Singapore after the country’s Land Transport Authority slapped it with new, strict guidelines. “It is with deep sadness that we have to pull out of the Singapore market,” the company wrote in a statement on Facebook. The withdrawal from the Singaporean market comes weeks after a similar announcement in Melbourne, and months after the City of Adelaide council ordered oBike out of the South Australian capital after granting it a permit to operate in October last year. Read more here.
Wednesday 27th June 2018

oBike users sweat on deposit refunds as company hits the skids

An inability to recoup the $70 deposit for a bike-sharing app have left consumers doubting the company’s viability in Sydney. While oBike has ceased operating in Melbourne and Singapore, in Sydney it appears to be business as usual. The company’s latest Facebook post, posted on Monday, advertised ride discounts and free membership for people who parked the bikes responsibly. The post attracted comments from those wondering why the deposit refund button had disappeared from the app, and all questions from June 25 have gone unanswered. When the ride-sharing company launched in Australia last year, users paid a $69 deposit that was refundable if they wished to stop using the service. As the company’s troubles grew, the deposit was turned into a “Super VIP membership”, and the refund button disappeared from the app. User posts to the oBike Facebook page showed people trying to gain refunds as far back as the start of June. “I logged into my account today to refund my deposit only to discover that my deposit has been used for an SVIP membership that I did not consent to,” Facebook user Fi Mac wrote. “I am still waiting to receive my refund deposit,” ‎Samantha Riegl‎ wrote. “Could someone please help me out?” Read more here.
Tuesday 26th June 2018

oBike to leave Melbourne after crackdown on bicycle share company

The sight of yellow bicycles up trees and abandoned in rivers could become a thing of the past in Melbourne, after oBike announced it would abandon its problematic local hire scheme. The Singapore-based company introduced the dockless bike hire service in Melbourne a year ago, in competition with the Melbourne Bike Share program, which requires riders to pick up and drop off bikes at stations dotted around the city. But the distinctive yellow bicycles quickly caused headaches as people dumped them on footpaths and streets. Others have been thrown into waterways, including the Yarra River, found up trees and on roofs, and been converted into street art. Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the City of Melbourne was now working with the company to remove the bikes. She recommended people stop using the service. Read more here.
Tuesday 26th June 2018

oBike is closing its dock-less bike-sharing service in Singapore

Singapore’s upcoming licensing for dock-less bike-sharing services has claimed its first scalp after oBike — a Singapore-based company run by Chinese founders — announced that it would cease its service in the country ahead of the implementation of regulations. The Land Transport Authority (LTA) is introducing measures to protect Singapore’s streets from a glut of bicycles left all over the place, as photo essays from China and beyond have cautioned can happen. oBike launched its service at the beginning of 2017, and it claims over one million registered users but still it will end its service today, June 25. oBike said it will continue to run operations in other markets, although it hasn’t said if/when it will refund Singapore-based users with the deposits that they paid upon registration. Read more here.
Saturday 23rd June 2018

Green On lève 1,35 million d’euros pour installer des vélos en libre-service dans les petites villes françaises

L’offre de Green On s’adresse aussi bien aux collectivités publiques qu’aux entreprises privées. La société propose une offre multi-métiers pour la mise en place de solutions de mobilité à vélo : conception du service, approvisionnement des vélos, installation du parc, des stations ou des vélos, exploitation.. Avec ses offres, Green On souhaite notamment apporter des solutions aux petites collectivités et territoires moins denses. À ce jour, l’entreprise a participé au déploiement de 60 offres de vélos en libre-service et exploite près de 3 000 vélos, représentant 10 000 usagers réguliers en Île-de-France, Hauts-de-France, Bretagne, Pays-de-la-Loire, Centre-Val-de-Loire, Nouvelle Aquitaine, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte-D’azur et à La Réunion. Le marché de la mobilité attire de nombreux acteurs en France, mais en s’adressant plus particulièrement aux petites collectivités et aux entreprises, Green On peut tirer son épingle du jeu, en répondant plus précisément aux besoins particuliers de ces clients. Read more here.
Friday 22nd June 2018

Obike steigt in Zürich vom Velo

Mit Obike startete die Flut der Verleihräder auf Zürichs Strassen vor rund einem Jahr. Inzwischen wimmelt es in der Limmatstadt und anderen Schweizer Städten von Leihvelos. Meist allerdings trifft man sie abgestellt an und nicht rollend. Wie die «NZZ» berichtet, soll der Pionier Obike nun verschwinden. Dafür hat die Zeitung einige Indizien zusammengetragen. So seien auf den Strassen «auffällig viele defekte Velos zu sehen». Bereits zum Start 2017 gab die Qualität der Obikes zu reden. Ob sich das ausbezahle, fragte ein Leser fast schon prophetisch. Jetzt ist das Aus beschlossene Sache. Gegenüber «Radio 1» bestätigt das Zürcher Tiefbaudepartement, dass Obike bis Ende Juni alle 600 Treter einziehen will. Das sei vor einigen Wochen so abgemacht worden. Die Gründe für den Rückzug will das Departement nicht kommentieren. Read more here.
Friday 22nd June 2018

Irish dockless firm Urbo pulls out of London

Urbo dockless bike-share bikes will be pulled from London in July. The Irish company has bikes in the boroughs of Enfield, Waltham Forest and Redbridge. The departure is due to “these locations no longer being suited to our business model.” Meanwhile, BikeBiz has learned that company co-founder Tom McGovern left in April following investment in the business from  the Irish Government’s National Transport Authority which operates the Coca-Cola Zero bike-share schemes in Galway, Limerick and Cork. The pull-out from London takes effect on 4th July. “We hope to be able to offer services within these areas again in the future,” said a company statement. Urbo bikes will be remaining in Ipswich, but it’s believed the company is to concentrate on its bike share scheme in Dublin. Nobody from Urbo was willing to discuss the latest developments at the company. The Irish firm launched its first scheme in London in October last year, dropping 250 of its lime-green bikes in Waltham Forest with the cooperation of the borough council. (Walthamstow Cycles was awarded the contract to assemble and service the bikes.) Urbo Solutions was founded by Shane Connaughton of Dublin’s Cycleways bike shop and Iain Cameron, managing director of Ireland’s Bike to Work scheme. The pair teamed up with Brian and Tom McGovern, founders of the Dublin School of Grinds private tuition firm. Read more here.
Tuesday 19th June 2018

WK-Bike mit 43 Stationen am Start: Neues Bikesharing-System für Bremen

Die Fahrradstadt Bremen bekommt ein neues Bikesharingsystem. Ab dem 19. Juni stehen zunächst 325, später 450 Räder an 43 Stationen im gesamten Stadtgebiet bereit. Betrieben wird das Angebot unter dem Namen WK-Bike vom „Weser Kurier“ in Kooperation mit der BSAG und „Bremen Bike it“. Nutzer können in 50 weiteren Städten auf die Räder von Nextbike zurückgreifen. Statistisch soll es die Fahrradstadt Bremen auf vier Räder pro Kopf bringen. Wer dennoch keinen eigenen Drahtesel parat, einen Platten oder die letzte Bahn verpasst hat, kann nun ebenso auf ein neues Verleihsystem zurückgreifen, wie Touristen und Besucher der Hansestadt. Kurz nachdem der Mitbewerber Limebike aus finanziellen Gründen die Segel gestrichen und das Rad-Abo vom Startup Swapfiets am Wall eröffnet hat, geht WK-Bike an den Start. Ganz unkompliziert per App, so lassen sich die neuen WK-Bikes leihen. Bloß eben den QR-Code scannen oder die Rahmennummer eingeben und schon öffnet sich das Schloss. In Zukunft soll es außerdem eine Kundenkarte geben, mit der man auch ohne App auskommt. Am Ziel angekommen, wird das Rad einfach wieder abgeschlossen. Jede angefangene halbe Stunde kostet dabei einen Euro, mehr als neun Euro pro Tag werden jedoch niemals berechnet. Heavyuser können außerdem für 48 Euro einen Jahrespass erwerben und zahlen dann jeweils die ersten 30 Minute keinen Cent. Der Clou: „Weser Kurier“- und BSAG-Abokunden nutzen das Spezialangebot ohne Mehrkosten. Die 43 virtuellen Stationen werden in der zugehörigen App angezeigt, zwischen Hauptbahnhof, Alter Neustadt, vorderer Überseestadt und dem gesamten Osterdeich besteht eine sogenannte Flexzone. Dort können die Räder standortunabhängig ausgeliehen und abgestellt werden. Die virtuellen Stationen sind an touristischen Hotspots, in Wohngebieten sowie Verkehrsknotenpunkten gelegen und sollen mit der Zeit baulich erschlossen werden. Read more here.  
Tuesday 19th June 2018

New Bike Share Platform with docking stations in Rotterdam

De Watertaxi Rotterdam introduceert een nieuw deelfietsplatform, de Rotterdamse Stadsfiets (RoS). Hiermee speelt moederbedrijf Spring Holding in op een flinke groei van het aantal passagiers aan boord: 1 miljoen de komende vijf jaar, zo is de verwachting. Dat is verdubbeling ten opzichte van vorig jaar. Samen moet de watertaxi en het deelfietsensysteem de verbindende schakels voor alle korte verplaatsingen in de stad worden. Spring Holding heeft het voornemen om te starten met 1800 fietsen en 150 docking stations in het centrum en omliggende wijken. Op termijn moeten de RoS-deelfietsen binnen de gehele Rotterdamse ring beschikbaar komen. De dockingstations en snelle herdistributie over die stations voorkomen dat fietsen blijven slingeren, benadrukt het bedrijf. Read more here
Monday 11th June 2018

Scoop: Uber may try to buy bike-share company Motivate

Uber is considering a takeover offer for Motivate, the bike-share company behind such programs as CitiBike in New York and Ford GoBike in San Francisco, Axios has learned. This comes on the heels of a report that Lyft has made its own bid for Motivate, valued at $250 million of more. Bottom line: Ride-hail companies are seeking to expand their urban offerings, whether that be via bikes, flying taxis or scooters. Show less Uber recently acquired Jump, which has an exclusive permit for San Francisco’s dockless bike-share program. Motivate operates “docked” programs in eight U.S. cities: Boston, Chicago, Columbus (Ohio), Jersey City, New York, Portland (OR), San Francisco and Washington, D.C. It reports 3.18 million total rides taken in May 2018. Brooklyn-based Motivate has raised nearly $50 million from firms like Generation Investment Management, according to PitchBook. An Uber spokesman declined comment. Read more here.
Monday 11th June 2018

Uncertain profit model makes an acquisition inevitable; in-depth integration with existing tech powerhouses is their only way out

For both Mobike and ofo, their last largest funding injections were in July 2017. Both suffered from different degrees of cashflow strains resulting from a fierce subsidy war launched upon receiving their respective massive fundings. Despite the cooling capital market, their dubious monetization model hasn’t proven sustainable. The original pay-by-per-ride approach proved to be difficult given the high maintenance costs resulting from high damage rates. What’s more, the fierce competition, fueled by capital inflow, established subsidy as a new normality in the industry, making it even harder for the companies to generate gains. China’s largest O2O platform Meituan-Dianping announced its purchase of Mobike for $2.7 billion on April 4th. When commenting on the deal, many local media argued that it’s difficult for bike rental firm to seek independent development given the monetization model, and in-depth integration with existing tech powerhouses is their only way out. Ofo under mounting pressure to pick a side Facing a similar, but more complex situation stuck between Alibaba and Didi, ofo’s founder Dai Wei is more tenacious in maintaining the company’s independent status. In an internal speech given in May, the co-founder sought to rally the company by comparing its current status to Winston Churchill and wartime Britain. Ofo’s dark time would seem to refer to acquisition talks held with Didi at the end of April. However, the bike rental titan seems to be coming under fire, with swirling negative publicity and rumors of their impending demise. In an article published on June 5th, local Chinese tech blog Huxiu cited many sources who disclosed that ofo would launch its largest-ever job cut, with up to 50% losing their jobs. Along with the cut, the sources said several top execs of the company including Nan Nan, SVP of public relations, have left their positions. Shortly after the post, thousands of posts featuring almost identical bearish views on ofo’s prospects appeared across China’s social media. Read more here.
Monday 11th June 2018

Ofo’s overseas operations show signs of cash crunch

More signs show that ofo’s cash crunch not only affect its domestic business but also its global expansion plans. The troubled bike hire giant has launched a warehouse sale of its bikes to downsize its operation in Singapore, a source with knowledge of the matter told TechNode. The ofo bikes on sale are sold brand new from a Singaporean warehouse that’s owned by local logistics service provider Bok Seng Group, according to a poster shared by the source. TechNode team visited the venue finding that stacks of unpacked parcels with ofo’s logo on it are stored in the warehouse. The poster shows that bikes are priced at S$50 or RMB240. If true, the company is selling their stocks at a 30% discount when compared with the original price of RMB 335 per bike. Shanghai Phoenix, a bike maker partner of ofo, has recorded revenue of RMB 596.72 million in 2017 by shipping 1.78 million bikes to ofo, according to Q4 2017 financial report of the company. Based on that, the cost of ofo bikes is RMB 335 per bike. Facing a saturating market, ofo and its competitor Mobike have been expanding aggressively overseas in seek of larger markets since the beginning of 2017.  Ofo is operating in many foreign countries, like the US, UK, Russia, Italy and Netherland, but Singapore is its first and probably the best overseas market. Read more here.
Saturday 09th June 2018

Business model innovation and socio-technical transitions. A new prospective framework with an application to bike sharing

Most transition studies are historical in nature and fail to arrive at prospective conclusions about future potential. In this paper we develop a new prospective transition framework, which revolves around the interplay between business models and socio-technical contexts. By looking at the dynamics of increasing returns, industry structure and the role of institutions, we analyze the upscaling potential of innovative bike sharing business models as introduced in Dutch cities over the past ten years (two-way station-based, one-way station-based, one-way free floating, and peer-to-peer sharing). We find that station-based business models are well institutionalized but harder to scale up, while the recent one-way free-floating model has the greatest scaling potential if institutional adaptations and geo-fencing technologies are successfully implemented. Peer-to-peer sharing is likely to remain a niche with special purpose bikes. Download the 13 page study here.
Thursday 07th June 2018

Uber launches electric bike-sharing service in Germany

Move is part of firm’s efforts to patch up its relationship with European governments Uber has launched an electric bike-sharing service in Germany as part of efforts to repair its relationship with European governments. The controversial ride-hailing app has been prohibited from operating some of its services in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Belgium, after battles with taxi organisations and protests in several cities. Scores of German taxi drivers waved banners reading “Uber go home” outside the conference centre where Dara Khosrowshahi, the Uber chief executive, presented the company’s Jump scheme in Berlin on Wednesday. Khosrowshahi said Uber hoped to reset its relationship with German legislators. “We had a very bad start in Germany,” he said, arriving on stage with one of the red bikes. “We’re here now in order to try again.” Read more here.
Monday 21st May 2018

Madrid invests €9.25 million in BiciMad: 1,800 bicycles and 80 additional stations.

See English translation here El presupuesto global estimado para EMT en 2018 supera los 808 millones de euros. El capítulo de inversiones alcanza, en este ejercicio, el 23 por ciento del presupuesto, es decir, 193 millones de euros, incluida la amortización de deuda. Así, en lo que se refiere a la actividad de transporte de viajeros (autobús urbano),  EMT prevé, en 2018, un aumento de la oferta del 3,16 por ciento respecto a 2017, aumento que se traducirá en la ampliación de líneas y la creación de otras nuevas. Asimismo, se invertirán 84,3 millones de euros en la adquisición de 269 nuevos autobuses (236 propulsados por GNC, 15 eléctricos y 18 minibuses eléctricos). En esta materia también cabe destacar el inicio de la primera fase del proyecto de remodelación integral del Centro de Operaciones de La Elipa. En lo referente a Servicios de Movilidad, el presupuesto de EMT prevé continuar la renovación del parque móvil de grúas mediante la adquisición de vehículos poco contaminantes de modo que al menos un 40 por ciento de la flota está compuesto por vehículos de bajas emisiones. Por su parte, BiciMAD contará con un presupuesto de inversión de 9,25 millones destinados, fundamentalmente, a la adquisición de 1.800 bicicletas (1.000 nuevas y 800 para reposición) y 80 estaciones adicionales.   Read more here.
Saturday 12th May 2018

The Bike-Share Oversupply in China

Last year, bike sharing took off in China, with dozens of bike-share companies quickly flooding city streets with millions of brightly colored rental bicycles. However, the rapid growth vastly outpaced immediate demand and overwhelmed Chinese cities, where infrastructure and regulations were not prepared to handle a sudden flood of millions of shared bicycles. Riders would park bikes anywhere, or just abandon them, resulting in bicycles piling up and blocking already-crowded streets and pathways. As cities impounded derelict bikes by the thousands, they moved quickly to cap growth and regulate the industry. Vast piles of impounded, abandoned, and broken bicycles have become a familiar sight in many big cities. As some of the companies who jumped in too big and too early have begun to fold, their huge surplus of bicycles can be found collecting dust in vast vacant lots. Bike sharing remains very popular in China, and will likely continue to grow, just probably at a more sustainable rate. Meanwhile, we are left with these images of speculation gone wild—the piles of debris left behind after the bubble bursts. Read more here
Tuesday 08th May 2018

LTA will open 2-month window for bike-sharing operators to apply for licence; recalcitrant users face 1-year ban

SINGAPORE – Users of bicycle-sharing services who are caught parking indiscriminately three times in a year will face a ban of up to one year from using all bicycle-sharing services, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said in a media statement on Friday (May 5). The spelling out of sanctions against recalcitrant cyclists came as the LTA also announced that bicycle-sharing operators will have two months, from May 8, to apply for a licence. This follows the tabling of the Parking Places (Amendment) Bill in March, a piece of legislation aimed at tackling the indiscriminate parking of about 100,000 shared bicycles in Singapore. The licence will let a bike-sharing company operate for up to two years. Existing operators which fail to submit an application will have to cease operations once the application window closes on July 7. Read more here and also: Parliament: Licensing framework will help tackle the indiscriminate parking of shared bikes, says Lam Pin Min.
Monday 07th May 2018

The unexpected beauty of China’s bicycle graveyards – in pictures

For the past 18 months many cities in China have been flooded by millions of dockless share bikes. Those that block pavements or apartment entrances have been removed by authorities to vast storage areas. Viewed from afar they create compelling and mysterious patterns – but also represent waste on an enormous scale. Have a look at aerial views of the rental bikes detained by the local urban administration authorities.
Saturday 28th April 2018

Dockless share bikes are the frontline of a battle between Chinese tech giants

Mobike and Ofo control 90 per cent of the market in China. They benefit from backers with extremely deep pockets: Mobike is now owned by Meituan-Dianping, which is in turn backed by Chinese social media and gaming titan Tencent, while Ofo is backed by e-commerce giant Alibaba. This has allowed them to edge out smaller, poorer competitors. We are in the midst of a transport revolution – driverless cars, autonomous trucks, delivery drones – and mass transit modes are not immune to this. The legacy 19th-century transportation model that focuses on the organisation of the railways is being supplanted by a 21st-century model that thinks about servicing the individual customer. “The future of mobility is customer-focused, data-enabled and dynamic. Personal mobility packages will bundle traditional modes with technology platforms and new service offerings like on-demand, car share, ride share and smart parking.” The 2056 strategy aims “to make walking or cycling the transport choice for short trips – those that are under two kilometres”, and DBOs are in a prime position to address the “first and last mile” problem, the traditional stumbling block of public transportation. Smartphones will be the gateway for each journey, allowing customers to plan for their multimodal journeys via a single interface, paid for by a subscription service that communicates directly with customers. “Transport has been mainstreamed into the digital economy,” says transport policy expert Shannon Kelly. “People think, ‘I get my movie tickets online, I do everything online by my phone. And I just want transport to be exactly the same as everything else.’ Bike share really fits that app-based model.” Read more
Friday 20th April 2018

L’aventure des vélos « flottants » tourne au fiasco

Les « vélos flottants », que l’utilisateur peut emprunter et déposer où il le souhaite, ont rapidement été confrontés à plusieurs défis, notamment au sujet de leur qualité. Gobee, c’est fini ! Les premiers Gobee bikes étaient arrivés en fanfare dans les rues de Lille fin octobre 2017. Deux mois plus tard, les vélos vert anis en « free-floating » sont déjà repartis. La société hongkongaise a annoncé le 9 janvier qu’elle se retirait de la capitale des Hauts-de-France, mais aussi de Reims et de Bruxelles. Les « vélos flottants », que l’utilisateur peut emprunter et déposer où il le souhaite après avoir préalablement téléchargé une application, semblaient pourtant promis à un bel avenir. D’enthousiastes technophiles ne cessaient de vanter la praticité de ces objets, ainsi que l’inventivité du modèle économique des sociétés qui les exploitent. Selon Maddyness, « le magazine des start-up françaises », il existe pas moins de 30 entreprises de vélopartage en free-floating, ayant pour une grande majorité leur siège social en Chine. Read more here.
Tuesday 10th April 2018


Meituan-Dianping has snapped up China’s top bike-sharing company in a deal that brings together two of the country’s biggest start-ups, both of which are backed by technology group Tencent. The deal, which gives Mobike an enterprise value of about $3.7bn, according to media reports, highlights the empire-building under way in China as the country’s two tech titans — Tencent and Alibaba, together worth more than $1tn — expand their reach across the corporate landscape. Alibaba this week took full control of, which has a narrow lead over Meituan in food delivery, and also backs Mobike competitor ofo. Both Alibaba and Tencent are ploughing money into these businesses to lure customers who they hope will in turn use other company services such as payments and shopping. Meituan, China’s biggest online services company which combines food delivery with other online-to-offline services and recently moved into ride-hailing, was valued at $30bn in its latest funding round last year. That makes it the world’s fourth-biggest unicorn, a private company valued at $1bn, according to CBInsights. Read more here
Thursday 29th March 2018

Chinese Cities Aim to Rein in Bike-Sharing Boom

Shanghai claims to be the largest bike-sharing city in the world, with roughly 1.7 million bikes at the of the end of September 2017. The city drafted one of China’s first city-level bike-sharing regulatory guidelines in  April 2017, issuing it in October. The guidelines push local authorities to integrate bike parking with city planning requirements. It requires operators, government officials and agencies to control the city’s bike fleet, such as by requiring bike plate registration, banning shared electric bikes, and guaranteeing more standardized parking by using Geo-fence technology, which uses a Bluetooth-based sensor to detect if bikes are parked in the proper area. At the urging of these guidelines, Mobike and Ofo, China’s two biggest bike-sharing companies, have made more of an effort to remove bikes in poor conditions from the fleet and relocate bikes during peak use hours. As of the end of October, the total number of shared bikes in Shanghai had dropped to fewer than 1.1 million. Read more here.
Wednesday 28th March 2018

Will dockless bikes and scooters take over city sidewalks?

As dockless bikeshare and now electric scooter systems continue to expand in cities across the United States, many riders and local officials wonder whether our sidewalks can handle the influx of new vehicles. Dallas, which now has the nation’s largest dockless bikeshare fleet with more than 18,000 vehicles, has residents and city council members pushing back against the flood of bikes. In Seattle, the city government is testing designated dockless parking spots to try and avoid sidewalks cluttered with bikes. Bird, the Santa Monica, California-based electric scooter company rapidly expanding in west LA, believes the transit companies should take the lead in solving the problem. This morning, the company’s CEO, Travis VanderZanden, introduced the Save Our Sidewalks (S.O.S.) Pledge, a plan he hopes other scooter- and bike-sharing companies adopt to avoid overcrowding and abandoned vehicles. His letter to competitors, such as LimeBike, Ofo, Mobike, and Jump, raised the specter of Chinese cities, where the explosion in dockless bikeshare led to “bike graveyards” of abandoned vehicles. Read more here.
Tuesday 06th March 2018

Nova rede de bicicletas partilhadas esteve na rua menos de um mês

“São muito bem-vindos, mas não queremos uma ocupação abusiva do espaço público”, diz o vereador da Mobilidade, Miguel Gaspar. O responsável salienta várias vezes, ao telefone com o PÚBLICO, que nada o move contra a oferta privada de bicicletas partilhadas. “Lisboa é uma cidade muito aberta a este tipo de soluções, mas quando começamos a ver bicicletas no centro das praças ou em cima de bancos de jardim sentimos que é mesmo importante regular esta actividade”, afirma. Nas últimas semanas começaram a aparecer por toda a cidade umas bicicletas cinzentas e amarelas que fazem parte de um novo serviço de bicicletas partilhadas em Lisboa. Ao contrário da rede pública Gira, criada pela câmara e explorada pela Empresa Municipal de Mobilidade e Estacionamento de Lisboa (EMEL), estes velocípedes não precisam de estações fixas para serem utilizados. A autarquia não foi tida nem achada e, como as bicicletas começaram a aparecer no meio de praças e passeios, mandou retirá-las das ruas. Read on here
Tuesday 06th March 2018

Using the Antwerp Bike Share System

Antwerp is very close to the Netherlands, but when it comes to cycling it is rather different. Although people cycle more upright and more for everyday purposes than in many other countries, the infrastructure is on a totally different level. In fact, I was recently invited to come and visit Antwerp to see the cycling infrastructure and film it and write about it, because it could do with some attention and an upgrade. I will take up that invitation, but by chance I already did visit the city with my partner for a long weekend. We had not planned to cycle, but with that invitation in mind and being in a hotel that was a bit further away from everything we decided to test the Antwerp shared bike system. The Shared Bicycle System in Antwerp is simply called “Velo”. And now that I have I can’t believe I never used it before! It is as simple as the name suggests to register on the website for a day or a week pass. As a temporary visitor an annual subscription card is usually too much. That is why we opted for the 10-euro week pass, that we could use on our four-day visit. We used our smart phone to go to the website (with roaming costs abolished in the EU that is easy and convenient nowadays), we subscribed and we instantly received a user code and password by mail. Read more here
Sunday 25th February 2018

Dockless bike share pioneer Gobee quits Paris

Gobee’s green bikes have virtually disappeared from the streets in the past few days and its mobile phone app was inactive in the past few days. Gobee did not respond to requests for comment, but two industry sources said it had ceased operations. Some customers had been able to recoup their deposits, but on Friday the app’s account balance service was unavailable. Last month, Gobee had pulled out of the Belgian capital Brussels and the French cities of Lille and Reims because of vandalism. Then, last week, it announced its withdrawal from Italy, saying 60 percent of its European fleet had been damaged or stolen. Gobee’s exit leaves Paris with three remaining Asian-owned operators, Singapore’s oBike, with about 1,800 grey-orange bikes, and two major Chinese firms: Ofo, with about 1,000 yellow bikes, and Mobike, with several thousand red bikes. The Asian operators, whose bikes can be parked anywhere after use, have jumped into the market while Paris switches operators for its pioneering Velib scheme. However, in China at least, the business model for bike sharing appears to be in some trouble, as large numbers of firms go under, leaving mountains of misshapen bikes piling up on streets. In France, the quality of the bikes appears to be an issue. Read more  here.
Tuesday 06th February 2018

Bike Sharing Is Doomed to Fail in Most American Cities

In Dallas, where just 0.2 percent of the population commutes by bike, at least five competing dockless bike-share companies are flooding the city with more than 20,000 brightly colored bikes. Hardly anyone appears to like or use them—at least not properly. Bikes are everywhere—in trees, tossed into Trinity River, piled up in random people’s yards. Someone cut one in half and bolted it to a telephone pole, according to Jared White, who works on alternative transit at the city’s department of transportation. “Some are sitting for days, and weeks, and months in some cases,” he told Motherboard over the phone. There’s even an Instagram account dedicated to documenting the chaos called Dallas Bike Mess. It’s gotten so bad that City Hall recently told the companies to clean up, or it’ll clean up for them—and they may not like what the city does with their bikes. in Dallas, a subcommittee on the bike-sharing experiment will reconvene this month to evaluate its results. The city had originally taken a free-market approach to the project, allowing anyone to come in and operate as they saw fit—but it’s become clear that’s no longer the best option. “The next step will be some kind of regulation,” said White. Read more here.
Wednesday 31st January 2018

Dockless Firms Work Together On An Open API (But Just In The Netherlands So Far)

The Netherlands has long led the world in cycling infrastructure in part because of the traditional system of zuilen, or “pillars” – distinct but opposing cultural groups that, by the equal exertion of pressure, kept each other in check. And it’s this sort of mutuality that has led Mobike and nine other dockless bike-share firms in the Netherlands to work together on integration measures. The companies – excluding Ofo and oBike – have agreed that, from May, their apps will feature “interoperability”. This “pillar” agreement was forged by Tour de Force, an organisation which coordinates the cycle policies of central government, provinces and municipalities.The participating companies include Mobike of China, Denmark’s Donkey Republic and Nextbike from Germany. Smaller Dutch operators Flickbike, Hello bike and Urbee electric share bikes are also part of the proposed scheme. Read more here.
Wednesday 31st January 2018

OBike’s Departure From Oxford Is A Pause Not An Exit, Says Dockless Firm

The reports of our exit from Oxford are greatly exaggerated, oBike has told BikeBiz. Earlier this week we quoted a competitor dockless firm saying “The departure of oBike will benefit consumers.” However, oBike’s Annebeth Wijtenburg said the Singapore-based firm was “pausing Oxford operations amidst transition to new business model.” She added: “In December last year, oBike moved to a new business model, the Global Business Partnership Programme, in order to localize operations and tap into local expertise and experience. “The GBPP is already being successfully implemented in several countries of operations in Europe, including France, Italy, and Spain. “Here in the UK, we are currently in conversations with potential partners. While discussions are ongoing, we have decided to take the bikes off the street in Oxford to ensure we keep to the standards of operations as signed in the code of conduct.” GBPP is a franchise-like programme that involves third parties managing oBike’s on-ground operations and maintenance works. Read on here.
Wednesday 24th January 2018

Vélos en libre-service: Mobike débarque à Paris

Un quatrième opérateur de bicyclettes partagées sans borne va installer 1000 vélos ce mercredi dans la capitale. Vélib n’avait vraiment pas besoin de cela. Alors que ce service de vélo en libre-service avec borne accuse toujours un retard dramatique dans le déploiement de ses stations, il va compter un nouveau concurrent. Après Gobee bike, Obike et Ofo arrivés cet automne, Mobike va déployer ce mercredi ses vélos flottants partagés à Paris. Toujours avec le même système: une fois l’appli téléchargée, on peut détecter les vélos dans le voisinage grâce à la géolocalisation. Un clic sur son smartphone suffit à déverrouiller le cadenas. À la fin de la course, on dépose la bicyclette dans la rue en mettant l’antivol manuellement. Tout cela pour 50 centimes les 30 minutes. Read on here.
Monday 22nd January 2018

El Servicio de Préstamo de Bicicletas SALenBICI, Salamanca, superó el pasado año los 63.000 préstamos, un incremento del 22%

El Servicio de Préstamo de Bicicletas SALenBICI, promovido por el Ayuntamiento de Salamanca, superó el pasado año los 63.000 préstamos, lo que supone un incremento del 22% respecto a los registrados en 2016. Cabe destacar, además, que este servicio de movilidad sostenible contabilizó en 2017 la cifra más alta de préstamos desde su puesta en marcha, en 2011, cuando se registraron un total de 31.760 préstamos. Ir en bicicleta al trabajo o al colegio es rentable desde el punto de vista económico, es eficiente y ecológico y, además, es beneficioso para la salud. Ayuda a resolver problemas como la congestión del tráfico, la contaminación y el sedentarismo. Cabe destacar que el 72% de los préstamos registrados tuvieron una duración menor de 15 minutos. Por debajo se situaron, con un 13% del total, los comprendidos entre los 15 y los 30 minutos. Respecto a las bases más demandas por los usuarios en el año que acaba de terminar, de las 29 bases distribuidas por toda la ciudad, las situadas en la plaza Poeta Iglesias y la estación de trenes fueron las más utilizadas en 2017, con 9.198 y 8.171 préstamos, respectivamente. En lo que se refiere a la franja horaria más utilizada por los usuarios del servicio, fue la comprendida entre las 14,00 y 15,00 horas (5.901 préstamos), mientras que la de menor uso fue la de primera hora de la mañana, entre las 07:00 a 08:00 horas (2.191 usos). Read on here.
Wednesday 17th January 2018

It’s not a bike, it’s a bike-shaped Uber that says “JUMP”

JUMP, the dockless e-bike service, is doubling its fleet in DC Thursday. Actually, though, thinking of JUMP as bikeshare misses what it truly is and what it’s competing with. We all have a mental image of the world around us and how we get there. There’s the places we’d generally walk to; the places we know we have to drive to; the places we usually take Metro or a bus to. If we are comfortable cycling, there’s the places we know we bike to. Maybe there’s places (and times and conditions) when we’d usually take a ride hailing service like Uber or Lyft. Then there’s the places we’d go on a JUMP bike. These places look a lot more like “where we’d Uber to” than “where we’d bike.” That’s because riding a JUMP isn’t like riding a bike. You float up hills. You shoot past most other cyclists. You effortlessly keep up with cars on neighborhood streets. You can do this thanks to an electric motor that kicks in as you pedal and can power the bike to a maximum of 20 mph. Read on here.
Saturday 13th January 2018

L’aventure des vélos « flottants » tourne au fiasco

Les « vélos flottants », que l’utilisateur peut emprunter et déposer où il le souhaite, ont rapidement été confrontés à plusieurs défis, notamment au sujet de leur qualité.Gobee, c’est fini ! Les premiers Gobee bikes étaient arrivés en fanfare dans les rues de Lille fin octobre 2017. Deux mois plus tard, les vélos vert anis en « free-floating » sont déjà repartis. La société hongkongaise a annoncé le 9 janvier qu’elle se retirait de la capitale des Hauts-de-France, mais aussi de Reims et de Bruxelles. Les « vélos flottants », que l’utilisateur peut emprunter et déposer où il le souhaite après avoir préalablement téléchargé une application, semblaient pourtant promis à un bel avenir. D’enthousiastes technophiles ne cessaient de vanter la praticité de ces objets, ainsi que l’inventivité du modèle économique des sociétés qui les exploitent. Selon Maddyness, « le magazine des start-up françaises », il existe pas moins de 30 entreprises de vélopartage en free-floating, ayant pour une grande majorité leur siège social en Chine. Read more here
Friday 12th January 2018

Venerable Shanghai Bicycle Brand Gets Funds to Move Up Gear in Sharing Economy

Sector giants Ofo and Mobike have been the darlings of investors as their ubiquitous bicycles spread through China’s cities in the past two years, returning the country to an age when pedal power dominated. But boom has turned to bust for some in this saturated market. Bluegogo, the number three player, went bankrupt last month. Forever’s new venture is a latecomer, but the timing is good and it has government support, said a representative for Qianchuan Capital Co., which took part in the funding round. Forever launched its bike-sharing business last May. Founded in 1940, Shanghai Forever Co. became one of the earliest listed bicycle makers in China in 1993. Zhonglu Group bought it in 2001 and renamed the firm Zhonglu Co. Forever’s bike-sharing unit and Zhonglu Co. own the Forever brand together. The Shanghai government hopes to see the brand survive, Zhou said. Read more here.
Thursday 11th January 2018

Bike share responsibility and regulation: do we need a national standard?

Responsibility and regulation is becoming an increasingly hot topic for bike share, with questions being asked in the UK Parliament and the Lords about what powers local authorities in England have to regulate schemes within their boundaries. These issues will be a major focus of the  DfT-supported Bike Share Masterclass in Leicester on 30 January, as Minister Jesse Norman contemplates the need for a possible ‘national standard’ Bike share goes from strength to strength across the world, with new dockless and docked scheme launches in India, China and Indonesia last month, as well as several new schemes starting up across Europe and the US. In London, 2017 was a record-breaking year for Santander Cycles with an unprecedented 10.3m hires – 4.4 per cent up on 2015. 2017 saw more than 9.4m hires, with six of the ten months beating year-on-year records for the number of journeys being made. October 2017 was the best on record for the scheme, with just under one million hires. Read on here.
Saturday 30th December 2017

How bike-sharing conquered the world

Then: Roel van Duijn and Luud Schimmelpennink started painting three black bicycles white. “The white bicycle is the first free communal transport,” as their flyer put it. Once so transfigured, the bikes would simply be left on the streets; to make them free for all to use, the flyer said, “the white bicycle is never locked.” And that, it turned out, was a problem. After they were let loose on the streets, the white bikes were impounded by the police. A 1928 statute, they pointed out, required bikes to have locks. Ownership was not optional. Now: Still, some in the Netherlands still dream of making bikes ever more free—creating a system in which bikes are not owned by people, or cities, or by companies using them as data-sources, but by themselves. Marcel Schouwenaar, a Dutch designer, has a plan called Fairbike which gives bikes blockchains. Blockchains, the software innovation that makes cryptocurrencies possible, are distributed ledgers which keep untamperable records of actions and transactions. Mr Schouwenaar thinks that the “smart contracts” blockchains allow—agreements that can monitor the fulfilment or breach of any conditions they stipulate—could create self-managing fleets of bikes. Using Fairbike would be like using Mobike. But instead of passing on your money to a central organisation, the bikes would hold on to it. Once a community set such a system up it would pay for its own maintenance—and, when enough funds had been collected, new bikes. Systems used a lot could thus both heal their wear and tear and increase their population. The repair jobs and new bike orders would be assigned on a lottery basis to registered bike shops. Theft would finally become impossible, at least technically; wherever a Fairbike was taken it would still own itself. There would, however, be a certain loss of access. Read more here:
Wednesday 27th December 2017

Bike sharing companies have three months to comply with new council rules

An alliance of six Sydney councils has imposed new guidelines on dockless bike sharing companies. Inner West Council is leading the charge, giving the share bike companies three months to comply or they could face punitive action. The alliance was formed in November when mayors from Inner West, City of Sydney, Randwick, Waverley, Woollahra and Canada Bay councils met to draft a set of guidelines to address the problem of haphazard placement of share bikes in parks and streets. Inner West Council mayor Darcy Byrne, who convened the meeting, said it was important that one set of rules was established to protect pedestrian safety and ensure the success of bike share schemes. The guidelines state operators must: – move bikes in dangerous spots within three hours and be proactive in the redistribution of bikes; -man a repair phone service between 6am and 9pm -unlock bikes for council staff when requested so that they can move bikes with more ease; -deactivate broken bikes immediately and remove them within a week; -educate users about correct bike parking and the possibility of heavy penalties for offences such as not wearing a helmet; -install bells, helmets, front and rear lights, a rear reflector and a sturdy kickstand on all bikes; -have public liability insurance; -send relevant data, including the number of registered users and trip origins and destinations to councils whenever they ask for -the purpose of transport and urban planning; -offer incentives to customers to relocate bikes in built-up areas; -move inactive bikes after 11 to 14 days or they are to be impounded and a fee will be charged. If the fee isn’t paid, the bike is recycled. Read more here
Sunday 17th December 2017

Photo of the week: a dizzying view of a bicycle graveyard in china

RESIDENTS OF HANGZHOU, China, can hop onto any one of at least 86,000 bicycles and ride wherever they like. The bikes are easy to find, too, because people tends to leave them any old place. On sidewalks. Under overpasses. In parks. Leaning against walls and lying in vacant lots. Police have rounded up 23,000 bikes so far this year and hauled them to 16 corrals around the city. From the ground, these bicycle graveyards look like junkyards. Seen from above, they take on an impressionistic quality. ……… But no one anticipated so many lazy cyclists. Private companies started offering bikes riders didn’t have to return to one of the government’s 3,000 docking stations. People could simply drop the bikes wherever they liked. And so they did, leaving them almost anywhere. China News Service reports that in March this year, complaints from concerned citizens grew so numerous that the city began rounding them up. Read more here. Also read Velo-Citta’s position paper on this issue here.
Thursday 30th November 2017

After Bluegogo now also Mingbike collapses

Bike-sharing companies – with their capital-intensive, cash-burning, ride-subsidizing business model – were among the hottest startups in China. They’ve attracted $2 billion in venture funding over the 18 months of the frenzy. They now count over 40 platforms, though the industry is dominated by huge piles of mutilated, stolen, and abandoned bicycles and by two unicorns (valued over $1 billion), Mobike and Ofo, that kicked off the frenzy and carve up 95% of the market. But this is how quickly a frenzy can deflate. On Thursday, Chinese media reported that Mingbike, with operations in major cities, had laid off 99% of its staff, after consumers had complained that they’d been unable to get their deposits of 199 yuan (about $30) back. Some of the laid-off employees “posted complaints on social media saying their salary had been withheld for several months,” according to the South China Morning Post: Calls by the South China Morning Post to Mingbike’s main phone line were not answered. The last post on the company’s Weibo account was in earlier October and its WeChat account has not been updated since November 10. In response to the latest closure and growing risk of deposit refunds, Chinese authorities have stepped in, with Ministry of Transport spokesman Wu Chungeng saying on Thursday that local governments would play a major role in ensuring protection of consumer rights. He added that regulations for the industry were being drawn up by authorities. Mingbike was founded in 2016 and had raised 100 million yuan ($15 million) from venture capital firms. Read more here
Monday 27th November 2017

A great capitalist innovation may need some socialist help

The system has obvious benefits, including reduced carbon emissions, greater transit use and increased levels of exercise. It has equally obvious problems. First, the massive numbers of bikes necessary to make the model work have become a public nuisance, clogging sidewalks, roads and doorways, and forcing governments across China to cap their growth. Second, nobody has managed to make any money renting out $400 bikes for pennies per hour while flooding cities with even more. Bluegogo’s collapse won’t be the last; China is home to dozens of smaller bike-shares, each of which faces the same issues. For now, China’s two dominant bike-sharing companies — Ofo and Mobike — remain afloat, supported by some of the world’s biggest and most generous funders. But the pressure to generate cash is growing and as recently as October they were in talks to merge. That would give the Chinese government something it prefers: a single entity to regulate, rather than a swarm of startups. At the same time, it’d probably come at the expense of smaller cities, which are unlikely to benefit from the economies of scale — and higher prices — possible in places like Shanghai. China’s local governments need to step in. Viewed properly, bike-shares have become a critical piece of any well-designed mass transit system — and one that China needs to maintain if it wants to meet its livability and environmental goals. If the economics don’t support private players, cities should either start their own bike shares or take over and run failing networks. Free markets gave rise to China’s bike-sharing revolution. A bit of socialism, though, may be needed to save it. Read more here.
Monday 27th November 2017

Barcelona frena la llegada de las bicis compartidas privadas

Son sistemas de bicicleta compartida de empresas privadas, la mayoría de origen asiático, que funcionan con una aplicación de móvil que permite localizarlas, desbloquearlas, pedalear y dejarlas al final del trayecto, en cualquier sitio. Sin atarlas. El fenómeno parece imparable. En países como China hay millones y ya han desembarcado en algunas ciudades europeas, aunque algunas como Ámsterdam o Londres han paralizado el despliegue. En España el conocido como free-floating ha llegado a Madrid y Granada. Compañías como Obike (de Singapur) o Mobike (China) quieren entrar también en Barcelona, pero el Ayuntamiento les ha pedido que se esperen a tener una normativa que regule tanto las bicicletas como los coches y motos compartidas. El propio consistorio admite que hay una veintena de operadores interesados, entre bicicletas, motos y coches. Read more here.
Monday 27th November 2017

Ofo’s 150,000 dockless bike drop in London to be steered by LCC

London Cycling Campaign members will help steer the spread of dockless bikes thanks to a deal signed with Ofo, China’s largest operator. LCC will advise Ofo to help best meet the needs of London’s cyclists, councils and wider community.  Ofo co-founder Zhang Yanqi said it was his ambition to boost the number of journeys made in London from current levels of 2 percent modal share to more than 30 percent. To do this he plans to roll-out up to 150,000 bikes across the capital. Ofo has already launched with 1,000 bikes in Hackney, Islington and the City of London, as well as Cambridge, Oxford and Norwich outside of the capital. The LCC Cycling Projects team will work with members and with Ofo to help plan at a local level as to where and how cyclists want to access a bike sharing scheme. Over coming months LCC will also work with Ofo to organise a number of events to target new and returning cyclists. Read more here
Monday 27th November 2017

Chinese bike share graveyard a monument to industry’s ‘arrogance’

At first glance the photos vaguely resemble a painting. On closer inspection it might be a giant sculpture or some other art project. But in reality it is a mangled pile of bicycles covering an area roughly the size of a football pitch, and so high that cranes are need to reach the top; cast-offs from the boom and bust of China’s bike sharing industry. Just two days after China’s number three bike sharing company went bankrupt, a photographer in the south-eastern city of Xiamen captured a bicycle graveyard where thousands have been laid to rest. The pile clearly contains thousands of bikes from each of the top three companies, Mobike, Ofo and the now-defunct Bluegogo. Read more here.
Wednesday 15th November 2017

New bike-share data feed will get more bums on saddles, say operators

“Big data” from London’s Santander Cycles and New York’s Citi Bike has been made commercially available by Ito World. The Cambridge and London data visualisation specialist has also included other global bike-share schemes into the same real-time data feed. The feed includes the locations of the bikes and docking stations in real-time. Providers of mobility solutions – such as multi-modal smartphone apps – can now more easily incorporate bike-share data. Nice Ride Minnesota’s IT director Mitch Vars said: “Bike sharing has matured in recent years from something experimental to a key component of urban transportation in much of the world. Cooperation between companies like Ito World and the public and private operators of these systems is accelerating the adoption of bike sharing by new users.” Read on here.
Monday 06th November 2017

Why we can’t have nice things: dockless bikes and the tragedy of the commons

Behind this bucolic industry is a multibillion-dollar battle between China’s big tech companies and Silicon Valley, and the nightmare of vandals and parking. If there is one sad fact that technology has taught us, it’s maybe that we just can’t have nice things. Now Washington DC has become the latest testing ground for what happens when technology and good intentions meet the real world. Brightly coloured bikes began popping up around the US capital in September like little adverts for a better world. On a recent trip two lemon yellow bikes were propped up in the autumn sun by the carousel on the Mall. A pair of lime green bikes added a splash of colour to a grey corner of DuPont Circle. An orange and silver bike waited excitedly for its rider outside the George Washington University Hospital. The untethered bikes all belong to a new generation of “dockless” bike share companies. To pick one up users download an app that shows where the bikes have been left. Scan a QR code on your phone, the bike unlocks and you are off for a $1 30-minute carbon-free ride. Unlike docking rental services, which require bikes to be returned to a fixed docking station, you can leave your ride wherever your journey ends, practically. And therein lies the problem. Read more here.
Monday 30th October 2017

Pashley’s “Sadiq Cycle” is streets ahead of the existing “Boris Bike”

The new Santander Cycles public hire bike, unveiled in London this morning, is a big improvement on previous models. It feels quicker, slicker and features 24-inch wheels instead of the existing 26-inch wheels – this is said to improve the bike’s acceleration from a standing start. The bike is assembled in Stratford-upon-Avon by Pashley. The bike’s aluminium frames are shipped in from Asia, and some are given a polyester coating and top lacquer in the Pashley paint-shop. BikeBiz was given an exclusive first look – and first ride – on the “Prospect” bicycle. Audio of this ride, and a Pashley factory tour with general manager Steven Bell can be heard on the Spokesmen podcast, published today. Pashley is patenting the bike’s headstock (existing “Boris bikes” suffer from wobbly front-ends because of problems with the current headstock). The new lighting system is better positioned, brighter and more effective, says Pashley. The new rear mudguard (longer and deeper than the old one) also features a brake-light which comes on when the new Shimano drum brakes are activated. Read more here.
Sunday 29th October 2017

Le nouveau Vélib’ sera vert ou bleu, à Paris et autour de la capitale

Dix ans après l’emblématique vélo gris du service de vélo-partage de Paris, le nouveau Vélib’, dévoilé mercredi au public, sera vert pomme pour la version mécanique, bleu turquoise pour l’électrique, et disponible à partir du 1er janvier à Paris et dans 68 communes alentour. Il «est beaucoup plus léger, très agréable et très utile à ce que le vélo devienne un mode de transport beaucoup plus utilisé qu’aujourd’hui», s’est félicitée la maire de Paris Anne Hidalgo, qui venait d’enfourcher un vélo électrique après avoir dévoilé ces nouveaux modèles, au côté de Patrick Ollier, président de la Métropole du Grand Paris (MGP) partenaire. En 2007, quand il a été lancé sous le mandat de Bertrand Delanoë et avec la gestion du groupe JCDecaux, le vélo était uniformément gris. Un peu plus léger (21 kg pour le mécanique contre 22 pour l’ancien) — l’électrique pèse 25 kg — le «Vélib’ Métropole» prend désormais des couleurs. Son cadre en aluminium reste gris mais le panier avant et la protection de roue arrière sont verts ou bleus, a détaillé Jorge Azevedo, directeur-général du groupement Smovengo qui opère désormais le système. Read more here.
Friday 27th October 2017

Paris city bikes pick up speed as they go electric

On Wednesday, the City of Paris unveiled two new, colourful models that will replace the existing, 20,000-strong Velib fleet from January, 30 percent of which will be electric. The frames of the bicycles are still grey but the manual model comes with an apple-green basket and chainguard. On the electric versions, which have a maximum speed of 25 km/hour and a range of 50 kilometres, those parts are turquoise blue. By including electric bicycles in the scheme Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who is on an crusade to clean up the city’s air, aims to lure more Parisians into the saddle. On Wednesday, she took a spin on one and declared it “lighter, more agreeable and more useful in making the bicycle a mode of transport that is used much more widely than today”. Read  more here.
Tuesday 10th October 2017

JCDecaux awarded 10 year contract by Stockholm city for 5000 e-bikes funded by advertising street furniture

JCDecaux SA, the number one outdoor advertising company worldwide and leader in self-service bike sharing announced today that the city of Stockholm (population 950,000) has awarded JCDecaux Sweden following a competitive tender the contract for bike sharing funded by advertising street furniture starting in April 2018.   Daniel Hellden, Vice Mayor of Stockholm, said: “This is a huge step forward towards sustainable urban mobility in our capital, I’m very happy for the people of Stockholm. The biggest improvement is that citizens and visitors can use the bike sharing 24/7, year-round, and in all parts of the city. With these electronic bikes you can also travel the entire trip between home and work or school, not only the last couple of kilometres. This deal that includes 5000 new e-bikes is an important step to reaching our goal of a greener and more sustainable city.” Jean-François Decaux, Chairman of the Executive Board & Co-CEO of JCDecaux, said : “We are very pleased to become the operator of this innovative e-bike sharing concept which will make Stockholm the first capital city in the world having a 100% e-bike sharing system combined with e-parking, GPS tracking and a state of the art mobile application customer solution and experience. Stockholm’s decision to finance this state of the art public transport with advertising street furniture will enable residents to only pay a subscription fee of 270 Skr per year which is one of the lowest in the world. This 10 year contract will also enhance our DOOH network in the Swedish capital city with the possibility to display animated advertising content similar to what advertisers display on mobile internet.” Read more here. & also here.
Sunday 08th October 2017

Pittsburgh’s Last-Mile Solution: Free Bike-Share

In the latest attempt to solve what’s known as the “last-mile problem” to encourage greater transit use, the Port Authority of Allegheny County has turned to bicycles. The Tribune-Review reports that Pittsburgh’s mass transit agency has partnered with the city’s nonprofit bike-share program to offer free bike rides for Port Authority bus riders. Pittsburgh Bike Share will offer unlimited 15-minute bike rides for Port Authority ConnectCard holders through March 31. The company operates 50 Healthy Ride bike share stations throughout the city. Pittsburgh Bike Share Executive Director David White told the paper that Pittsburgh is the first city in the country to offer free bike share rides to public transit users. The aim is to get transit riders to consider bike use as an alternative transportation option. The free rides are being offered at no cost to the Port Authority. Riders will use their ConnectCards to unlock bikes. Two stations in the Golden Triangle were set up to use the cards when the program was rolled out on Sept. 28, and the rest should be enabled this week as Pittsburgh Bike Share implements a technology upgrade. Read on here.
Thursday 05th October 2017

Bike-share debacle isn’t unique to Baltimore. Thefts, other woes had also hit the early programs in N.Y., Paris.

Last fall, then-Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake touted Baltimore’s new bike-rental system as a sign of the city’s progress. “Our bike-share program will provide citizens with convenient and on-demand access to bikes for short-distance trips throughout the city,” she had said. “This is going to be great.” By summer, most of the 25 bike stations scattered around the city’s downtown and tourist areas were empty. Many of the 230 bikes were unaccounted for. Others had been found badly battered. About 100 bikes were in the shop on a given day in August, so many that keeping up with repairs was impossible. So the city chose to shut down the program, work on a solution, and possibly start over. “It wasn’t an easy decision,” said Veronica McBeth, the city’s transit chief. “But a smart decision in the long run.” [So many bikes have been stolen or vandalized in Baltimore that officials had to halt the bike-share system] If Baltimore takes the right steps, experts say, this rough start will go down in history as merely a temporary setback — one that many other cities have overcome — although few have been forced to take as drastic measures as Charm City and shut down. Read more here.
Tuesday 03rd October 2017

Chinese dockless bike-share companies in merger talks

Mobike and Ofo are the two biggest start-ups in the sector, and they are burning through investors’ cash in order to become the “Amazon” of bike-share schemes. As Velo Mondial predictie last week during the Bike+ Conference in Manchester and Bloomberg now reporting: Investors in both companies – which would have a combined value of  $4bn – have been holding pre-merger talks. The companies are separately backed by China’s two biggest e-commerce giants – Alibaba and Tencent. Tech companies like bike share companies not just because of mobility but also because of data-mining. The bikes are used by smartphone-wielding millennials. That’s one of the conclusions in a market report on the relatively new sector. “What attracts investors is the integration of rental services with the Internet or mobile Internet, such as GPS and mobile payment,” stated the report, blandly. Read on here.
Tuesday 03rd October 2017

EBMA files dumping complaint against Chinese e-bike imports

The European Bicycle Manufacturers’ Association has filed an anti-dumping complaint with the European Commission against cheap Chinese e-bike imports. The Commission less than a month to determine whether to start an investigation. The EBMA is also preparing a related complaint alleging illegal subsidies and asking for registration of Chinese e-bike imports. Bicycles have already been a flashpoint, reports Reuters. “The EU blamed China last December for scuppering a global environmental trade deal by insisting that bicycles be included as a tariff-free green product.” Chinese bicycles have been subject to EU anti-dumping duties since 1993. Article continues belowEBMA says more than 430,000 Chinese e-bikes were sold in the EU in 2016, a 40 percent increase on the previous year, and forecasts the figure will rise to around 800,000 in 2017.
Tuesday 03rd October 2017

Capital Bikeshare gears up for another expansion — and competition

Washington’s bike rental system is expanding next year, promising to remain competitive as new, high-tech rivals enter the region’s bike-sharing market. Capital Bikeshare is slated to widen its reach in 2018 with the addition of more than 100 stations, hundreds more bikes and a larger coverage area — investments that are worth more than $5 million of federal, local and private funds. “When we launched in 2010 there were only 100 stations and two jurisdictions,” said Kimberly Lucas, the District’s bike-sharing program coordinator. Now, Capital Bikeshare is available in the District and Alexandria, plus Arlington, Montgomery and Fairfax counties. Prince George’s County and Falls Church are joining next year. And they are coming online at a critical time for bike sharing. The District last month opened its market to four dockless bike-sharing companies, allowing each of them to bring as many as 400 bikes to city streets. Some of the start-ups are eyeing expansion into the Washington suburbs. Read more here.
Friday 22nd September 2017


The Amsterdam city government recently decided that they are going to remove free floating rental bikes from the streets. Many other European cities have come to this conclusion too. The argument is that the free floating system doesn’t help to reduce the number of bikes in the city and in essence this is simply a migration of bike rental shops onto the streets. Each local government is currently investigating the problem and is in need of further regulation if it wants to keep on stimulating bike entrepreneurs. X-Bike’s advice when it comes to local policies and the various possible ways of sharing bikes is simple: research, moderation and rule making. Be aware of what cycling means in your city. How many bikes, how many rides, how many users, the quality of the product and much more. Increase the number of bikes gradually to meet the demand of the users. Make rules for your system or in other words make it ‘hybrid’. Use the geofencing techniques to regulate different areas at once and use different bikes for different terrains and/or user demographics. Read more here.
Tuesday 19th September 2017

Ford is getting into buses and bike-sharing, because cars aren’t cutting it anymore

“As a mobility provider, we will collaborate on sustainable solutions that supplement the transportation system in a way that makes sense, particularly in inner city areas. For this reason, we are launching the FordPass bike sharing service together with Germany’s market leader, Call a Bike,” said Steven Armstrong, group vice president and president, Europe, Middle East & Africa, Ford Motor Company, announcing the partnership at New Mobility World, the forum on future mobility at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt. Customers will be able to use the FordPass mobile app to register for Call a Bike, find the nearest available bicycle, and pay for it online. The FordPass app can already be used to access Ford‘s car sharing service, to locate parking spaces, or find the lowest fuel prices at nearby garages. “The use of bikes for getting around in our cities and the trend towards sharing will gain increasingly in importance in the years to come. With the new service to be offered in Düsseldorf and Cologne, we are extending the public transport services we provide for our customers with an extremely environmentally friendly mode of transport,” said Sylvia Lier, chair, Board of Management, Deutsche Bahn Connect. “We are delighted that we are now extending the Call a Bike service in partnership with Ford in order to make an even larger cycle hire network available to our customers throughout Germany. All FordPass Bike customers will also be able to use the entire Call a Bike service and vice versa, without having to repeat the initial registration process.” Ford and Deutsche Bahn Connect have since 2013 collaborated on a car sharing service, and in August this year, Ford announced 100,000 free one-year Call a Bike memberships for its customers. “We launched a joint car sharing project four years ago as part of Ford’s s expansion into mobility services,” said Wolfgang Kopplin, deputy chairman, Ford of Germany. “Our bike sharing project is yet another step on the way to implementing this strategy. It will enable us to supplement transportation systems in the cities with a completely pollution-free component and provide an environmentally friendly, and low-cost service for increasing numbers of customers.” Read much more here.
Wednesday 13th September 2017

Un polémico sistema de alquiler llega a Madrid con miles de bicicletas

El Ayuntamiento espera que a partir de este mes aterricen en la capital miles de bicicletas de alquiler sin estaciones, conocidas como free-floating. Son bicis equipadas con un GPS que, mediante una aplicación, se localizan y desbloquean. La ausencia de estaciones implica un menor coste operativo del sistema, pero al estar ubicadas en el espacio público, suponen un reto para el Consistorio. Hasta seis empresas se han puesto en contacto con él para anunciarle su llegada a la capital. El Área de Medio Ambiente estudia cómo regular esta práctica. En algunos aparcabicis de Madrid es posible ver unas bicicletas de colores anaranjados que animan a ser usadas: “Ven, pedalea con nosotros”, dicen, en inglés, unos carteles que cuelgan de los vehículos. Es la flota de Donkey Republic, uno de los primeros sistemas de bicicleta pública sin estaciones que funcionan en la capital. “Tenemos unas 100 bicis en Madrid”, cuenta por e-mail Ben Posseti, responsable de marketing de Donkey Republic. Por ahora, es la única empresa de este tipo que opera en la capital, pero varias similares han contactado con el Ayuntamiento, interesadas en desplegar sus flotas en Madrid a partir de septiembre. Read on here.
Tuesday 12th September 2017

Rental Bike Giant Obike Invades Germany

With DB Rent’s Call-a-Bike and Nextbike’s MVG-Rad (offered by Munich’s public transportation company MVG) there are already two bicycle rental systems operating in Munich. This April, Danish Donkey Bikes entered Munich followed by Singaporean Obike in August. Obike is flooding the streets of Munich with 7,000 grey-yellow rental bikes, leading to serious concerns and anger. The anger in Munich is growing about the 7,000 single speeders from this first Fareast rental bike provider which is trying to conquer Munich. They are not only occupying the last free spaces at bike parking and sidewalks in downtown Munich but also those in city suburbs. Obike isn’t operating with docking stations but strictly through an app based rental procedure without any direct address. There’s only an email address. Collecting consumer data Like in other European capitals and cities Munich citizens are questioning how Obike is making any money as there’s even no space on the bikes for advertising. It’s speculated that rental bike newcomers from the Fareast are only interested in collecting consumer data they can sell. This fear is rooted in the fact that IT giants are backing such rental bike operators. After rising concerns and anger Obike reacted on the negative reporting in and around Munich. First of all they made clear that they won’t sell any customer data to third parties – “but we could offer our anonymous data cost-free to the cities so they can use them for updating their infrastructure.” Moreover they want to install a hotline. Read more here.
Monday 11th September 2017

China’s bike-sharing firm Wukong Bike closes after 90% of its bicycles go missing

A bicycle-sharing company in China, Wukong Bike, has become the first to shut down after 90 per cent of its bicycles went missing, just five months after it started operations. The company, based in south-western city Chongqing, issued a statement last week, saying it was ceasing its services from June and withdrawing from the industry. Founder Lei Houyi told Chinese news channel on Tuesday (June 20) that his failure cost the company more than a million yuan (S$200,000). He said the company had 1,200 bicycles in Chongqing, half in Chongqing University city and the other half in the city. However, a large number of them have gone missing, and only about 10 per cent can be located, he said. Read on here.
Thursday 07th September 2017

All you need to know about making a Geo Fence Zone Plan for Cities & Bike Share

A ‘Geo Fence Zone Plan for Cities & Bike Share’ will serve both the city and its citizens and it will not only regulate the use of shared bicycles but also the functioning conditions for the operators. A Geo Fence platform controlled by the city would enable the city to set clear rules for one or more Bike Sharing operators that the city allows to work in the city. Also, it would provide the city with an easy way to monitor and enforce these rules. Any extra Bike Sharing operator that also wants to enter the city would have to connect and adhere to the rules set by the city and enforced via the platform. Below is an example of how cities can use a Geo Fence platform for Bike Sharing Read more here: Geo Fence Plan for cities and Bike Share
Thursday 07th September 2017

oBike, Mobike, Ofo, Urbo: why are so many new cycle hire services launching in London?

Back in July, hundreds of yellow bikes appeared overnight on the streets of London. Singaporean start-up oBike made 400 cycles available for ‘dockless’ hire, aiming to undercut TfL’s Santander Cycles. But after a couple of days the bikes were seen littering pavements across London, hanging from railings, dumped in the Thames and marooned on an island in Victoria Park. oDear. oBike isn’t the only new bike hire service in town, though. Shortly after its launch, another company – Chinese start-up Mobike – made 750 red bikes available for hire in Ealing. Now two further schemes have launched: another Chinese company called Ofo, which launched 200 yellow bikes in Hackney yesterday, and the Irish company Urbo, which has made 250 green dockless bikes available in Waltham Forest from today. What’s going on? Why are all these new ‘dockless’ schemes pitching up in London at the same time? Read on here.
Tuesday 05th September 2017

Dockless Bike Share Planning

1. Set Program Goals: A city or campus needs to review overall program goals for mobility and how dockless bike share fits into the overall system. 2. Create a Policy Framework: Your city will need to establish a regulatory framework. 3. Establish System Boundaries: For system planning, most operators work with cities on boundaries for both testing pilots and program growth. Using geofencing technology, operators collect (and share) data that tracks usage, routes, system problems and more. In fact, the sheer amount of data points to the need for carefully planning data collection, privacy, analysis, storage, and decision support. 4. Focus on Bike Parking: In most cases, the greatest challenge is parking. All stakeholders need to establish, early on, that dockless does not mean users are able to leave bikes anywhere (an on-going problem as bikes are left in rivers and hanging in trees). Alternative approaches to physical bike racks may include using GPS geo fences to create pseudo stations/discreet areas to park bikes or painting rectangles on the ground to designate parking areas. 5. Integrate Programs: In many cities, transportation requires owning a car; other options are either insufficient or simply not available. The integration of New Mobility, mobility-on-demand models, and seamless transport apps will substantially increase the share of trips that are multimodal. 6. Continuously Monitor, Improve and Innovate: Dockless bike share systems face a lot of challenges. For example, supplying enough staff to constantly rebalance bicycles may become economically infeasible. However, there may be possibilities for new mobile docking stations that allow rebalancing of many bikes at once. Using data to rebalance strategically will be key to success.Another challenge is that the public may not tolerate a growing number of idle bicycles on sidewalks. Read much more here.
Tuesday 05th September 2017

Ofo unveils its new upmarket dockless bike

Chinese dockless bike-share company Ofo has unveiled its latest bike, some of which have already been rolled out in Cambridge. The firm launched its second UK venture last week, introducing 100 bikes in Oxford. By the end of 2017, Ofo plans to deploy 20 million bikes in 200 cities in 20 countries. The company’s new bikes have “lightweight” frames complete with front basket as well as a dynamo front light and solar-powered back light.  Ofo raised over £541 million in Series E financing round in July this year. The firm launched its service in Seattle last week while Japan is also expected to have the bikes soon. Read on here.
Tuesday 29th August 2017

2nd International conference Platform for Cities & Bike Share

VeloCittà, the International  Platform for Cities & Bike Share SAVE THE DATE Virginia Raggi, the Mayor of Rome, invites you to attend the Second International Conference of VeloCittà, the Platform for Cities & Bike share 16 NOVEMBER 2017 in the prestigious Protomoteca Hall of the Capitol Hill of Rome. With Mayors from cities around Europe to share their experiences on the bicycle in their city the conference will also concentrate on the role that bike share systems can play in city policies and how these systems are evolving and increasingly becoming flexible policy levers capable of accelerating the growth of more liveable cities for all Cities will be able to meet many classic bike share providers as well as specialists in free floating systems and the innovative Geo Fence Plan for cities, the alternative to docking stations. The conference links with the second Bikeconomy Forum organised in Rome on 17 November 2017 for a true two-day Roman immersion in the bicycle world. Save the date: November 16&17, 2017, Rome Please send your queries to: Mario Gualdi (ISINNOVA): Pascal van den Noort (Velo Mondial): For Conference updates:
Thursday 24th August 2017

Bike-sharing services Spin and LimeBike let riders use bicycles without smartphone or credit card

Two of Seattle’s new bike-sharing services are making their bicycles more accessible to folks without a smartphone or credit card. Spin announced today that it is rolling out Spin Access, a program that lets users buy prepaid cards at retail locations and unlock bikes by texting a code to a dedicated phone number. Customers can visit the Bike Works shop in Columbia City to purchase a card; riders with valid ORCA LIFT cards will get a 50 percent discount. LimeBike announced something similar this past Friday with Cash for LimeBike. Users can visit LimeBike’s Seattle office at 3625 Interlake Ave. N to load their account with a cash payment; they can then access bicycles across the city. LimeBike is looking to add more locations where folks can add credit to their account. Spin and LimeBike charge $1 per 30 minutes of riding. Both companies have more than 500 bicycles on Seattle’s streets since they launched last month as part of a six-month pilot program. Read on here.
Tuesday 22nd August 2017

Yellow bike plague being tackled on the streets of Wandsworth

The company that’s flooded London with a rash of yellow rental bikes without any warning might be scratching their heads and asking themselves why so many have vanished from the streets of Wandsworth. The answer is that dozens have been impounded by the council for cluttering pavements and causing obstructions. Since they first started appearing last month, the council has confiscated 130 of the yellow oBIKES for blocking pavements. Read more here.
Thursday 17th August 2017

ofo und oBike auf dem Sprung nach Wien

Kehrseite der Medaille: Wo sollen die Fahrräder abgestellt werden? Die Medaille hat allerdings auch eine Kehrseite. Wo sollen die tausenden Fahrräder abgestellt werden? Es gibt keine Stationen. Die Leihfahrräder können einfach frei abgestellt werden, mit dem Rahmenschloss am hinteren Rad in sich versperrt. Diebstal ist auch zwecklos, weil Spezialteile eingesetzt werden. Aus einigen Städten gibt es Berichte von Gehsteigen, die durch Leihräder verstellt werden. Amsterdam, wo ohnehin schon fast jeder ein Fahrrad hat, überlegt, sie zu verbannen. Florenz, Manchester und mittlerweile auch Zürich scheinen damit zurecht zu kommen. Die Straßenverkehrsordnung in Österreich erlaubt den Betreibern das Abstellen ihrer Fahrräder. Sie können rechtskonform in der Parkspur oder am Gehsteig, wenn dieser breiter als zweieinhalb Meter ist, platzsparend geparkt werden – und natürlich in Fahrradabstellanlagen. Das parken dieser Fahrräder in Fußgängerzonen ist nicht erlaubt. Read on here.
Thursday 10th August 2017

Manchester’s bike-share scheme isn’t working

I was an immediate convert, boasting about the superiority of our new bike-sharing system over London’s, pitying sadsacks in the capital who had to trundle around looking for a docking station. One sunny evening shortly after the launch, I rode a Mobike to Salford Quays, where I swam a mile in the filtered water of the glistening Lowry, reflecting as I did my backstroke that Manchester was starting to feel rather European. I had always fancied living in Copenhagen, where the cyclist is king and the harbour has been turned into a lido. Was I now living that continental dream? Two weeks on and I fear that a dream is all it was. There are Mobikes in the canal, Mobikes in bins and I am fed up with following the app to a residential street where there is clearly a Mobike stashed in someone’s garden. On launch day, the Chinese designer told me the bikes were basically indestructible and should last four years without maintenance. It took a matter of hours before local scallies worked out how to disable the GPS trackers and smash off the back wheel locks. Read on here
Thursday 10th August 2017

Data mining is why billions are being pumped into dockless bikes

If investors aren’t interested in the bikes in dockless bike share systems and they only want to mine the data it’s possible that tech companies will be looking for a quick return on the investment and will possibly go off to feast on another data-rich sector some time soon, leaving an awful lot of share bikes to rot by the roadside. Research Report on China Bicycle Sharing Industry, 2017-2021 is a 50-page report. It stresses that the sector faces stiff challenges: “While bringing convenience for residents, the industry is faced with a number of problems. Due to the non-docking nature of bicycle sharing, many users park bike wherever they want — even on motor lanes or pedestrian lanes. In many places, traffic police have detained sharing bicycles because of illegal parking. In addition, these bikes are also being vandalized and stolen.” Nevertheless, the report estimates that by the end of 2016, the supply of sharing bicycles had exceeded 3 million and is currently increasing by one million per month. There has been 18 million bicycle sharing users by the end of 2016 and will increase by 200,000 per month in the rest of 2017. Read on here
Thursday 10th August 2017

China’s bike rental startups are learning a lot about how people spend their free time

Superficially the data shows the impact the bikes are having on leisure time. The lifestyle advertising seems to have made headway as touristy areas thronged with cyclists. By revealing the data behind the trend, Mofang demonstrates how applying AI to massive amounts of data is going to create a valuable resource for Mobike as it builds a more detailed picture of its users’ lives. Selling targeted data to travel companies (or setting up your own) is one thing, but the fact the company is showing that when you head out for a holiday cycle, it knows who you’re cycling with and when, where, at what speed, and whether you’ve traveled together from somewhere else. All this hints at just what else that Magic Cube might glean from its database. Read more here
Thursday 10th August 2017

Chinese bike hire scheme has been “misunderstood”

Greater Manchester’s bike hire scheme has been “misunderstood”, the China-based rental company Mobike said, after a spate of vandal attacks Read more here
Saturday 05th August 2017

Amsterdam has started to remove dockless bike-share scheme bikes from the city’s streets.

A posting on the city council’s Facebook page said: “We have invested to create more bicycle parking spaces, and we do not want these to be taken by the many commercial bike-sharing systems.” The posting added: “Of course, you are allowed to park a bike in the public space, even a rented or shared bike. What is not allowed however, is using the public space as a place of issuance, which is exactly what a number of shared bike companies is doing now, while occupying scarce parking places badly needed by Amsterdam residents and visitors.” The municipality has stated that all dockless share bikes will be temporarily banned. Talks have been initiated with the dockless companies, including oBike from Singapore, Donkey Republic from Denmark, Dropbyke and FlickBike from Lithuania and Urbee and Hello-Bike from the Netherlands. Read more here.
Thursday 27th July 2017

Seis estaciones de bicis públicas para conectar València con su área metropolitana

El concejal de Movilidad Sostenible en el Ayuntamiento de València, Giuseppe Grezzi, ha visitado este martes la futura estación intermodal de bicicletas que se está instalando junto al complejo 9 d’Octubre. Lo ha hecho junto a Mauro Fiore y Juan Bueno, impulsores de MibisiValencia, el sistema de bicicleta pública metropolitana de València. “Gracias al impulso que hemos dado a la integración de Valenbisi y MibisiValencia, la de València será la primera área metropolitana de Europa que disfrutará de un sistema integrado e intermodal de bicicleta pública, lo que ayudará a incrementar el uso de la bici y cubrirá las demandas de desplazamiento sostenible de la ciudadanía de todo el área metropolitana”, ha destacado Grezzi. Además de la estación junto al complejo 9 d’Octubre se instalarán durante esta semana otras cinco estaciones más, situadas en la calle del Mestre Rodrigo, Sant Isidre, Creu Coberta y la Universitat Politècnica de València, que se sumarán a la del Centro Comercial Nuevo Centro, operativa desde verano de 2015. Read on here.
Saturday 15th July 2017

Europas größter E-Lastenrad-Verleih; Europe’s largest E-Cargo Bike fleet

In Köln ist Europas größter Verleih für E-Lastenräder gestartet. Die Initiatoren verstehen das Projekt als aktiven Beitrag zur Energiewende und wollen das System – wenn es erfolgreich ist – auf andere Städte übertragen. Manchmal braucht es einen Knall von außerhalb. Für die Autobranche war es Tesla, für den Handymarkt Apple. Und für die Verleiher von (E-)Lastenräder könnte es Donk-EE sein. Der Vergleich mit den Multimilliarden-Konzernen aus den USA ist vielleicht etwas hoch gegriffen, die Parallelen sind aber da. Read on here.
Friday 14th July 2017

Dockless bike-share has hit the UK. What will it do to our streets?

China’s “Rainbow wars” are coming to the UK, as rival bike share firms set up operations: Ofo in Cambridge, Mobike in Manchester, and, just this week, Singapore’s Obike arrived in London. Pay attention because, if China is anything to go by, this is going to be big. The “Uber for X” cliché is overused, but bears some comparison here. These are start ups with billion-dollar valuations and venture capital piling in, using smart phones and pervasive availability to make urban mobility cheap and convenient. The bikes have no docking stations, you can leave them anywhere sensible. They have GPS so you can find them, and unlock them with your phone, and they’re cheap to ride. On the surface, this is just a slight variation on existing bike share schemes, but in practice it works out quite differently. No docking stations makes them noticeably more convenient and more reliable, and their sheer number will make them more available in far more places. Their expansion is astonishing – in barely a year, 2m bikes have appeared on the streets of China’s main cities. At a stroke it’s changed cycling in China from a declining transport mode, for the old and poor, to a growing everyday activity for the urban young. And it’s done so without any public subsidy. Read on here.
Wednesday 12th July 2017

With $700 Million Chinese Bike Sharing Firm ofo Targets Europe

The past months the former student of the Beijing University Dai has shown China that for him, growth has no limits. “We now have some 2,500 full time employees. One year ago we only had 50.” However, bike sharing schemes in China are reaching their limits as there are currently over twenty different bike sharing platforms. Two of those recently went bankrupt, as supply is exceeding demand at numerous locations. In Beijing many sidewalks are impassable because of hundreds of thousands brightly coloured public bikes, spread over China’s capital. The yellow ofo’s, together with the orange Mobikes , represent the majority. “Town wise we have to find the most efficient way to tackle the problems,” is Dai’s comment on this. Running break even These problems come with the fact that public bikes do not have to be returned to docking stations. They simply use QR codes to be scanned by smartphones for unlocking. The costs of one ofo bike ride stands at CNY 1 (€0,13) for 1 hour. But ofo customers have to pay a deposit, and have to put money in their account to share a bicycle. Read on here.
Wednesday 12th July 2017

oBike has landed in London

“oBike is a global Internet company focusing on innovation,” states the Twitter account for oBike, and only secondly does it add that it ‘s offering “station-less bike sharing technology.” The Singapore-based company has placed 400 hire-by-app bikes in Tower Hamlets, London. As the name suggests dockless bike-share schemes do not require expensive, space-hungry docking stations – the GPS-equipped bikes are booked by smartphone app and can be left (almost) anywhere thanks to an on-board lock. The sector is dominated by Asian tech companies looking to gain traction on smartphones, especially the smartphones owned by millennials. Read on here.
Wednesday 05th July 2017

China’s ‘dockless’ bike sharing could be coming to a street near you

Chinese startups want to export their bike-sharing revolution all around the world. The companies are rolling into the U.K., the U.S. and beyond, aiming to disrupt existing programs with their fleets of colorful bikes that don’t need docking stations. One of China’s largest operators, Mobike, unleashed 1,000 of its orange-wheeled bicycles in the rainy English city of Manchester on Thursday, marking its first foray outside of Asia. “Manchester will be a springboard into Europe,” said Chris Martin, the company’s head of international expansion. Its big rival, Ofo, got to Europe first, launching a small fleet of its bright yellow bicycles in the English university city of Cambridge in April. Ofo has also been quietly testing bikes in Silicon Valley and San Diego. Chinese startups want to export their bike-sharing revolution all around the world. The companies are rolling into the U.K., the U.S. and beyond, aiming to disrupt existing programs with their fleets of colorful bikes that don’t need docking stations. One of China’s largest operators, Mobike, unleashed 1,000 of its orange-wheeled bicycles in the rainy English city of Manchester on Thursday, marking its first foray outside of Asia. “Manchester will be a springboard into Europe,” said Chris Martin, the company’s head of international expansion. Its big rival, Ofo, got to Europe first, launching a small fleet of its bright yellow bicycles in the English university city of Cambridge in April. Ofo has also been quietly testing bikes in Silicon Valley and San Diego. China’s bike-sharing bonanza has led to jumbled piles of bikes dumped outside subway stations and other popular areas. Both Mobike and Ofo say they constantly tweak the locations of their fleets, either deploying workers to physically move the bikes, or offering users discounts or free rides to pedal them to certain areas. Prodding users to help redistribute their bikes is possible thanks to the data Mobike and Ofo collect on the millions of people who use their service daily — they know when bikes are sitting idle, and when high traffic areas need more service. Related: China’s big Airbnb rival is taking the battle overseas The companies are sitting on a trove of information for market intelligence and insight. Mobike recently announced it is already looking to expand beyond rides, and plans to introduce services, such as deliveries, later this year. It is already testing local commerce deals in select cities, where users can unlock discounts at stores along their bike route by showing their Mobike app. Ofo says it is testing similar services. China’s bike-sharing bonanza has led to jumbled piles of bikes dumped outside subway stations and other popular areas. Both Mobike and Ofo say they constantly tweak the locations of their fleets, either deploying workers to physically move the bikes, or offering users discounts or free rides to pedal them to certain areas. Prodding users to help redistribute their bikes is possible thanks to the data Mobike and Ofo collect on the millions of people who use their service daily — they know when bikes are sitting idle, and when high traffic areas need more service. Related: China’s big Airbnb rival is taking the battle overseas The companies are sitting on a trove of information for market intelligence and insight. Mobike recently announced it is already looking to expand beyond rides, and plans to introduce services, such as deliveries, later this year. It is already testing local commerce deals in select cities, where users can unlock discounts at stores along their bike route by showing their Mobike app. Ofo says it is testing similar services. Read on here.
Wednesday 05th July 2017

Seattle to make thousands off of new bike-share permits

“We are thrilled that Seattle has re-opened the bike share program to a new generation of providers, and LimeBike has been working closely with local stakeholders to ensure that we can meet the city’s expectations and residents’ needs and be on-the-ground as quickly as possible,” said LimeBike CEO Toby Sun. But LimeBike is not the only company benefiting from a newly-minted bike share pilot in Seattle. Spin bike share is also “thrilled.” It has been active in Seattle in the months leading up to the pilot, even starting a philanthropic effort to fund bike safety and awareness programs. “SDOT’s forward thinking transportation policies bring us one step closer to offering Spin’s affordable, equitable smart stationless bikeshare system to all neighborhoods across Seattle … Spin is committed to improving urban living in Seattle,” said Spin CEO Derrick Ko. Up to 10 companies have been waiting to roll into town, but Seattle had to come up with a pilot permit first. The recently drafted rules largely deal with dockless systems (unlike Pronto). Similar to Car2Go, customers find an unused bike with their smart phone, unlock it, pay $1 and ride. The pilot will run until the end of the year. Bike share companies are required to have no less than 500 bikes on the road, but the rules allow up to thousands to eventually come into town. Read on here.  
Monday 12th June 2017

A huge Chinese bike-sharing scheme is coming to Manchester and Salford… and it’s WAY better than the Boris bikes

A ‘Boris-style’ bike hiring scheme will be launched in Manchester and Salford – with a thousand bikes to be rolled out this mont. The M.E.N can exclusively reveal the service will start on Thursday, June 29, and it could revolutionise our cities. Beijing-based Mobike is the world’s largest bike-sharing company, running cycle hire schemes across Singapore and China.  The nifty high-tech aluminium machines have airless tyres, a GPS tracker, built-in lock and a cashless smartphone app. By downloading the app, finding a nearby Mobike and scanning its code, users will be able to pick up and ride bikes around the cities. Aimed at getting more people on two wheels for short trips, it will also help tackle congestion and dangerous pollution levels. It’s not yet known if they will be dubbed ‘Burnham Bikes’ – but an ‘iconic bike-hire scheme’ was among the new mayor’s manifesto pledges. Read more here.
Wednesday 07th June 2017

Bike Sharing in The Netherlands

Urban bicycle sharing systems are successfully introduced in cities all over the world as part of the urban mobility system. The bike sharing world in The Netherlands however shows a very different image. OV-Fiets, which lacks a lot of options the foreign bike sharing schemes have, is the only large scale bicycle sharing scheme in Holland. The reason for this is the reserved attitude of government and private parties concerning bike sharing in Holland. This attitude is caused because a lot of people in Holland own their own bike, which are frequently used in every day traffic. However, the attitude regarding bicycle sharing in The Netherlands changed recently. More and more small scaled bicycle sharing schemes evolved over the last couple of years in the Netherlands, to find out what the effects and the contributions of bicycle sharing systems in the Netherlands could be. The main goal of this investigation is to gain insight into the spatial effects of bicycle sharing systems for Dutch cities. To determine this effects there has been an extensive research into the potential of bicycle sharing systems in Holland. This has been researched by means of deskresearch, an extensive inventory of foreign bicycle sharing systems and expert interviews. It has become clear that the Dutch situation regarding the potential of bike sharing is incomparable with foreign examples of successful bike sharing. The main reason for this is the high number of privately owned bicycles in the Netherlands. The results and effects of bike sharing in other countries can therefore not apply to The Netherlands. This does not mean, however, that there is no potential for Dutch Bike Sharing next to the current OV-Fiets system. The rate of succes of the OV-Fiets indicates that there is a need for a bike on places that the own bicycle is not available. These situations are not limited to the transport from the train station into the city, where OV-Fiets is focused on. Thereby it is plausible that the demand for a shared bike increases when the possibilities to use a OV- Fiets become more flexible. Among other reasons this indicates that the bike sharing potential in The Netherlands reaches further than OV-Fiets, which is targeted to use as transportation from the train station. The high number of privately owned bicycles in the Netherlands will always play a part in the Dutch bike sharing world though. On the basis of the outcomes of the research three promosing future scenarios are drawn up fort he bike sharing future of the Netherlands. Possible effects of urban bike sharing can occur in the field of car usage, public transport usage, cycle parking pressure and the use of public space. The effects that occur and the extent of which they occur depends on the way a bike sharing system is designed and used. In the field of reducing cycle parking pressure by means of shared bikes the second owned bikes are promising. The extent of this effect is difficult to determine, partly because the shared bikes themselves cause parking pressure. Bike sharing could have a major effect on the cycle parking pressure in the Netherlands if residents can be persuaded to use a shared bicycle in their own town. In the promising future scenarios for bike sharing in The Netherlands however it becomes clear that it is unlikely on the short term that the Dutch wil use shared bikes in their hometown on a large scale. In the context of the effects of bike sharing on public transport in the Netherlands the role of the shared bike will be limited as supplement of the existing urban public transport system. For a large group the shared bike could act as an alternative, but for a large group this does not apply. To set up a succesfull bike sharing system it is recommended to design a bicycle sharing system from the targets and the main target group of the system. Besides that it is recommended to take the effects on the spatial quality of a bike sharing system to the public space in a city into account during the design phase of the system. Furthermore it is commended to authorities to make a well thougt consideration of the role that they want to play in a urban bicycle sharing system. To guarantee the spatial quality of the city and to safeguard the image of the city it is important that local authorities seek a way to spatially regulate a bicycle sharing system in their city.Bike Sharin Read the Master Thesis in Dutch here.
Monday 05th June 2017

India’s first public bicycle sharing project launched in Mysuru

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Sunday launched India’s first public bicycle sharing (PBS) initiative — Trin Trin — in Mysuru A short video detailing various aspects of Trin Trin and a mobile app were also released on the occasion. While more than 600 cities across the world were already providing bicycles as a commuting option, a number of cities in India including Bengaluru were planning to adopt the public bicycle sharing system. However, Mysuru, a cultural and heritage city with a population of 12 lakh people, was the first city in India to have a public bicycle sharing system, he added. Read more here.
Monday 05th June 2017

China has 8 cities with bigger bike share systems than all of America

The growth of bike share programs is gaining momentum in the US. But this growth is absolutely dwarfed by the explosion of bike share programs in China over the last couple of years. The country now has more than 400,000 bike share bikes in operation across dozens of cities with programs, with the vast majority installed since 2012. To put this in perspective, there are an estimated 822,00 bikes in operation around the world — so China has more bikes than all other countries combined. The individual country with the next-highest number of bikes, France, has just 45,000. Here are the 15 countries with more than 3,000 bikes in operation, with data coming from the Bike-sharing World Map, a database maintained by Russell Meddin and Paul DeMaio. Read more here.
Thursday 18th May 2017

Chinese bike sharing unicorns are for real and can conquer the world

While much has been written about Chinese bike sharing companies and their meteoric growth in the last year in international press, a lot of observers remain skeptical about the long term sustainability and ability of these companies to turn a profit. Needing no introduction to residents of Shanghai and other big Chinese cities, which are blanketed by hundreds of thousands of colored bikes, current market leaders Mobike and Ofo have raised hundreds of million $, became unicorns in the process (Ofo officially, while market leader Mobike will surely become one with the next funding round), and set sights on world domination. All in less than a year. Read more here.  
Tuesday 16th May 2017

Bike Share: The Dawn of the Smartbike (and the Death of Dock-Blocking)

After finalizing the book, I flew to San Francisco to launch it to a small gathering of fellow transport experts at a new, and then still obscure conference called the Shared Use Mobility Summit (which now draws hundreds of attendees from around the world). My team and I were confident int he work and thrilled to share it with the public in hopes it would markedly improve bike share systems around the world. At the conference, I met a shaggy-haired ex-transportation planner named Ryan Rzepecki, who had even bigger goals for improving bike share globally. His company, Social Bicycles, was developing a new type of bike share system with bikes that could be locked to any public bike rack or street sign, had real-time GPS to track the bicycles’ locations, and, most importantly, users were not limited to beginning and ending their trips at docking stations. He’d designed a model to solve the biggest problems with bike share: reliable dock availability, expensive equipment, and inefficient operations. For a moment I almost laughed because I had literally just written the book on bike share and I knew, as everyone else did, that bike share bikes required docking points…unless they didn’t. Read more here.    
Monday 15th May 2017

Follower City Antwerp

Content: 1. Antwerp_BE_case study_final – City profile – Description of Bicycle Share Scheme – Operational aspects – User Profile – Contact details
Monday 15th May 2017

Follower City Austin

Content: 2. Austin_USA_case study_final – City profile – Description of Bicycle Share Scheme – Operational aspects – User Profile – Contact details
Monday 15th May 2017

Follower City Bergamo

Content: 3. Bergamo_IT_case study_final – City profile – Description of Bicycle Share Scheme – Operational aspects – User Profile – Contact details
Monday 15th May 2017

Follower City Boston

Content: 4. Boston_USA_case stduy_final – City profile – Description of Bicycle Share Scheme – Operational aspects – User Profile – Contact details
Monday 15th May 2017

Follower City Brescia

Content: 5. Brescia_IT_case study_final – City profile – Description of Bicycle Share Scheme – Operational aspects – User Profile – Contact details
Monday 15th May 2017

Follower City Budapest

Content: 6. Budapest_HU_case study_final – City profile – Description of Bicycle Share Scheme – Operational aspects – User Profile – Contact details
Monday 15th May 2017

Follower City Copenhagen

Content: 7. Copenhagen_DK_case study_final – City profile – Description of Bicycle Share Scheme – Operational aspects – User Profile – Contact details
Monday 15th May 2017

Follower City Debrecen

Content: 8. Debrecen_HU_case study_final – City profile – Description of Bicycle Share Scheme – Operational aspects – User Profile – Contact details
Monday 15th May 2017

Follower City Dublin

Content: 9. Dublin_IE_case study_final – City profile – Description of Bicycle Share Scheme – Operational aspects – User Profile – Contact details
Monday 15th May 2017

Follower City Elche

Content: 10. Elche_SP_case study_final – City profile – Description of Bicycle Share Scheme – Operational aspects – User Profile – Contact details
Monday 15th May 2017

Follower City Helsinki

Content: 11. Helsinki_FI_case study_final draft – City profile – Description of Bicycle Share Scheme – Operational aspects – User Profile – Contact details
Monday 15th May 2017

Follower City Madrid

Content: 12. Madrid_SP_case study_final – City profile – Description of Bicycle Share Scheme – Operational aspects – User Profile – Contact details
Monday 15th May 2017

Follower City Parma

Content: 13. Parma_IT_case study_final – City profile – Description of Bicycle Share Scheme – Operational aspects – User Profile – Contact details
Monday 15th May 2017

Follower City Pisa

Content: 14. Pisa_IT_case study_final – City profile – Description of Bicycle Share Scheme – Operational aspects – User Profile – Contact details
Monday 15th May 2017

Follower City Strasbourg

Content: 15. Strasbourg_FR_case study_final – City profile – Description of Bicycle Share Scheme – Operational aspects – User Profile – Contact details
Monday 15th May 2017

Follower City Turin

Content: 16. Turin_IT_case study_final – City profile – Description of Bicycle Share Scheme – Operational aspects – User Profile – Contact details
Thursday 11th May 2017

456,425 unique UK bike share riders in 2016

456,425 unique UK bike share riders in 2016[MARSMN17]
Monday 08th May 2017

Donkey Republic. Building a global map of ready-to-share bikes

Donkey Republic offers you the easiest, most convenient way to rent a bike. You book your bike online, in advance or on the spot, 24/7. Then you use the Donkey Republic app to locate and unlock your bike – by connecting to its smart lock through Bluetooth. In other words, you’ll need no internet to unlock and lock the bike as many times as you want, but also no docking stations, no cash, no leaving of ID cards or deposits, no complying to rental shops’ opening hours. You’ll have absolute freedom to set up your explorations on two wheels. This is also the cheapest way to have your own ride for as long as you need it, be that half a day, 24 hours or your entire holiday. So head to and start your journey. It’s all saddled! Read more here.
Tuesday 25th April 2017

Chinese bike-share firm links with United Nations Development Program

Ofo, a Beijing-based start-up company that has become the world’s largest bike-sharing platform, is joining forces with the United Nations Development Programme to raise public awareness about climate change. The partnership will also provide financial support to innovative projects that address urban environmental challenges, expected to reach 100 million people, including school children, with campaign messages about the adverse effects of climate change. Uber partner Didi Chuxing is one of the partners in Beijing Bikelock Technology, the $500 million company behind Ofo, and which was only started in 2015. UNDP and Ofo will also establish a joint scholarship program to support environmental research projects and will provide small grants to start-ups offering green products and technologies. Ofo currently has over 30 million people using its app to share bicycles in China, Singapore and the US (and shortly the UK, too – with a controversial scheme in Cambridge)  will donate its income on the 17th of each month to celebrate the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These “Global Goals” were agreed upon by nearly 200 nations to eradicate poverty and inequality by 2030. Read more here.
Wednesday 19th April 2017

Els ciclistes del Bicing tenen menys accidents que els que utilitzen bici pròpia

Entre les diverses polèmiques urbanes hi ha el mite del ciclista incívic. I de tots ells, el del Bicing s’emporta l’or, per allò de portar entre les cames una màquina que no és de ningú i és de tothom. Les xifres desmenteixen la mala premsa d’aquest mitjà de transport: del total de vehicles implicats en accidents el 2016, tan sols el 4,5% eren bicicletes (per un 39% de motos). L’estadística també tira per terra la imatge que es té dels abonats al Bicing: cauen menys que els que circulen en la seva pròpia bicicleta. El 2010, tres anys després de la seva estrena, una tercera part dels desplaçaments en bici (el 34%, aproximadament) es realitzaven en una de les 6.000 bicicletes blanques i vermelles gestionades per la multinacional Clear Channel. Avui dia, aquest percentatge es queda en el 26,5%. Però no perquè hagi caigut l’ús de la bici pública (ho ha fet, però de manera moderada), sinó perquè ha crescut molt l’aposta per la bicicleta particular. El 2015 es van registrar 145.022 desplaçaments a pedals (106.000, el 2010), dels quals 38.454 es van realitzar en una bicicleta del Bicing. Traslladat al nombre de bicicletes implicades en sinistres, i segons la resposta donada per la Guàrdia Urbana a una pregunta del grup municipal del Partit Popular de Barcelona, tan sols el 18,5% (123 de 662) eren bicings, vuit punts percentuals menys que la seva presència total en la circulació. Read more here.
Tuesday 18th April 2017

La Sharing Mobility in Italia: numeri, fatti e potenzialità

La mobilità condivisa è in costante crescita ed evoluzione in Italia. Per avere un panorama completo di come la sharing mobility stia cambiando il modo di muoversi, la Fondazione per lo Sviluppo Sostenibile, in collaborazione con il Ministero dell’Ambiente, ha appena realizzato una sintesi in 50 pagine del Primo Rapporto sulla mobilità condivisa presentato a novembre scorso in Campidoglio in un evento organizzato dall’ Osservatorio Nazionale Sharing Mobility. In Italia i servizi che hanno avuto maggiore diffusione sono il Bikesharing, il Carsharing ma anche Carpooling, Scootersharing, Bus sharing e Parksharing, oltre alle App che in un’unica piattaforma permettono di prenotare e acquistare tutta la sharing mobility oggi a disposizione nelle città italiane. Questi servizi, consentendo di condividere anche un veicolo individuale ma non di proprietà, spingono a consolidare la consapevolezza che il proprio mezzo di trasporto rappresenti un’opzione tra le altre, spesso “il mezzo di trasporto di ultima istanza”. Read more here
Tuesday 18th April 2017

Uber for bikes: how ‘dockless’ cycles flooded China – and are heading overseas

New cycle-share firms in China allow you to simply drop your bike wherever you want. They have caused colourful chaos – and world cities could be next. On a 30ft-wide screen in Hangzhou’s public bike share office, the counter ticks up relentlessly: 278,812 … 278,847 … 278,883 … Another 40 cycle rentals every couple of seconds. The system will easily top 350,000 before this bitterly cold winter day is out. On the left of the giant screen, the world’s 15 biggest public bike shares are ranked. Thirteen of them are in China. (Paris is No 5 with 21,000 bikes, and London No 12, with 16,500). Hangzhou – an hour west of Shanghai by bullet train – is slightly larger than London by population, but its share system is five times the size. It comfortably tops the table with 84,100 cycles, almost twice as many as its nearest rival. In many other large Chinese cities, though, it’s not the sturdy, official public hire bikes that stand out. It’s the rash of brightly coloured “dockless” share bikes, haphazardly parked on the pavements in their thousands. Many of these bikes are not working because nobody takes care of them – the city’s beauty has been destroyed Dubbed “Uber for bikes”, they are the product of a whole host of new startups, aggressively competing for territory and investment. Read more here.
Tuesday 18th April 2017

Did Seattle’s mandatory helmet law kill off its bike-share scheme?

Seattle has become the first major US city to shut a public bike share scheme. Was it the helmet law … or the lack of cycle lanes and the notorious hills and rain? A small group of supporters, journalists and a city councilman gathered at the end of last month to take Seattle’s cycle share bikes out for one last spin. Mayor Ed Murray had pulled the plug on the Pronto system after two-and-a-half years of low ridership, financial troubles and waning political support. Sitting tall on the clunky, lime green bikes, our group of 10 pedalled through downtown’s heavy evening rush hour traffic, picking up a few more mourners on Pronto bikes en route. “I’m sad to see it go. I think it’s disappointing that Seattle will be remembered – at least at the moment – for a failed bike share system. But I believe it’ll be back, and hopefully relatively soon,” says Mike O’Brien, the city councillor who joined the memorial ride. News of Pronto’s closure came in January just a few months after heated budget negotiations led to a plan to spend $5m to fully revamp and expand the system with electric-assist bikes. That plan has been scrapped, making Seattle the only major city in the United States to shutter a bike share system (other than cities with pilot programmes). Helmet laws stop the serendipity of using the system. People want convenience Read more here.  
Monday 17th April 2017

El nuevo Bicing de Colau estará operativo las 24 horas los 365 días

El Ayuntamiento obligará a la empresa que gane el concurso a contratar a los 150 trabajadores del servicio El Bicing, el servicio público de bicicletas de Barcelona, estará operativo las 24 horas todos los días del año. Esta es la principal exigencia que el equipo de gobierno de Ada Colau ha fijado en las bases del concurso para gestionar este servicio desde marzo de 2018 hasta 2028. Además, la empresa que se haga cargo de las bicicletas públicas deberá asumir la plantilla de 150 trabajadores que actualmente tiene Bicing. En 2007 aparecieron, por primera vez en Barcelona, las bicicletas públicas gestionadas por la empresa Clear Chanel, que asumió la concesión desde entonces y hasta marzo de 2017. El pasado mes, el Gobierno de BComú le prorrogó el contrato un año más. Ayer, el Consistorio marcó las bases que deberá cumplir la empresa que quiera gestionarlo a partir de 2018. Entre las novedades que exige el Gobierno municipal está que los anclajes de todas las estaciones estén preparados para colocar indistintamente bicicletas eléctricas y mecánicas. Read on here.
Thursday 13th April 2017

1st Public Bike Sharing Scheme without Subsidies or Advertising

AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – HelloVelo is Amsterdam’s first bike share system where people can rent a bike via their smartphone and without a subscription. According to HelloVelo it is, “the first public system in the world that does not depend on subsidies or advertising”. 1st Public Bike Sharing Scheme without Subsidies or Advertising Early 2017 HelloVelo will start with dozens of pick-up and drop-off locations in Amsterdam. – Photo HelloVelo Early 2017 HelloVelo will start with dozens of pick-up and drop-off locations on existing bicycle parking locations close to universities, the RAI exhibition centre, business centres, railway stations as well as the city center. “Eventually the system will be introduced in other cities in the Netherlands and finally rolled out over the rest of the country,” states HelloVelo in a press release published today. Read more here.
Thursday 13th April 2017

Bike Sharing Schemes in China Bring Components Shortages

TAIPEI, Taiwan – It was one of the most discussed topics at last week’s Taipei Cycle Show; the current huge demand for basic bicycles destined for usage at the many bike sharing schemes in China. These bicycles are currently produced by the hundreds of thousands per month. This is said to be leading to parts shortages. Bike Sharing Schemes in China Bring Components Shortages In cities like Shenzhen public bikes are being dumped on huge piles. China’s bike-share craziness is expected to stop by year-end. – Photo AFP Currently the biggest Chines makers are producing them in unheard of quantities. Fushida is said to produce the coming months from 700,000 to 1.2 million units per month! And this is not the only bicycle producer that has orders for hundreds of thousands per month. One of the biggest bike sharing operators in the country, Mobike, even signed an exclusive strategic partnership with Foxconn Technology Group, known as the manufacturer of Apple iPhones, in a move to double the annual bicycle production capacity to more than 10 million units! Read more here.
Thursday 13th April 2017

Paris Switches Vélib Operator from JCDecaux to Smoovengo

PARIS, France – The 20,000 Vélibs including the 1,800 docking stations in the French capital will be replaced in 2017-2018. The city of Paris awarded the bicycle hiring scheme to a new operator, the French-Spanish consortium Smoovengo. Paris Switches Vélib Operator from JCDecaux to Smoovengo Vélibs are very common in Paris’ streets. That’s to change in 2017-2018. – Photo Bike Europe The Vélib system was launched in 2007 as was awarded for ten years to outdoor advertising firm JCDecaux. “Smoovengo would provide lighter and stronger bicycles, a third of which will be electric, to Paris and surrounding municipalities under a 600 million euro contract that will run from 2018 to 2032,” reported a Paris city official to Reuters. Insiders report that the decision was approved by an overwhelming majority of the Paris city council after the Joint Tender Board ranked Smoovengo’s offer as the number one. Read more here.
Monday 03rd April 2017

Sevici perdió 440 bicicletas en 2016 a causa de los robos y el vandalismo

La empresa que explota el servicio público desde 2007, JC Decaux, señala como «alarmantes» los datos de 2016 después de un descenso en 2015. Plantea medidas para atajar el problemaMás de una bicicleta al día pierde Sevici a causa de los robos y el vandalismo que sufre el servicio de ciclos públicas desde hace unos años. Solo el pasado 2016 se tuvieron que desechar hasta 440 bicis en la capital hispalense al no ser recuperadas o quedar inutilizadas tras un robo, según los datos expuestos el pasado miércoles por el directivo de la empresa concesionaria, JC Decaux, Roberto Sánchez Lema, en unas jornadas participativas sobre la bicicleta celebradas en el Palacio de los Marqueses de La Algaba. Read on here.
Sunday 26th March 2017

Greenwich Council mulls setting up alternatives to ‘Boris bikes’ scheme

Greenwich Council is considering setting up its own cycle hire schemes, after once again ruling out paying for TfL’s Santander Cycles to reach the borough. The council has rejected a new call to work on an expansion of the London Cycle Hire network, following a petition handed to the council last month by Conservative councillor Matt Clare. While the Labour administration does not object to the idea, it has baulked at the idea of paying the estimated £2 million cost of bringing the scheme south east. “Boris bikes” have been a common sight in Greenwich town centre since the scheme was extended to the Isle of Dogs, with a cycle dock close to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel at Island Gardens. However, coverage is poor south of the river, with just a single hire dock east of Tower Bridge. Now a report going to the council’s Highways Committee next week reveals that two independent hire schemes are in the pipeline as the town hall gauges demand for a scheme of its own. An electric bike hire scheme is due to launch in east Greenwich and Greenwich town centre on 8 April as part of the City Hall-funded Low Emissions Neighbourhood (LEN) scheme. The 16-bike scheme will “encourage residents of the LEN to trial more sustainable alternatives to the private motor vehicle”. Electric bikes would certainly work on the hilly terrain around Greenwich, Blackheath and Charlton; although plans to set up a hire scheme in the borough of Haringey – which features some punishing inclines around Highgate and Muswell Hill – have been dropped after TfL said they were poor value for money. There are also plans being developed to make folding Brompton bicycles available at Greenwich station. Bromptons are already available at a handful of locations in London including Peckham Rye station, while there used to be a scheme at the University of Greenwich. Read on here.
Thursday 23rd March 2017

Bicibur cuadruplica su utilización

En febrero alcanzó el hito (1.000 tarjetas de usuarios) que se había puesto el Ayuntamiento de Burgos cuando en mayo del año pasado presentó una campaña con regalos para apoyar la renovación total de la flota que había llevado a cabo. Read on here.
Wednesday 22nd March 2017

Final Report VeloCittà

Read and download the Final Report here!
Tuesday 21st March 2017

London Borough of Southwark City Fact Sheet

Cabinet Member for Environment and the Public Realm says:  “While Southwark is the sixth busiest borough for Santander Cycles in London, VeloCitta has been a great project in helping up to better understand potential new customers, more effective ways of marketing and ways to improve operations. In considering opportunities to expand the scheme south and east in to the borough to ensure even greater access to cycling for residents and businesses, VeloCitta has helped us develop a stronger evidence base. It has also made us look into the feasibility of other Bike Share Systems and how they could help us achieve our goals to get everyone cycling, whatever their age or ability, in Southwark.” Read more here.
Tuesday 21st March 2017

London Borough of Lambeth City Fact Sheet

Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite Cllr Jennifer Brathwaite, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport for Lambeth said ‘The Cycle Hire scheme is a great way for residents to access cycling. Cycling is still very much thought of as male dominated form of transport and bike sharing systems can. Read more here.  
Tuesday 21st March 2017

Krakow City Fact Sheet

Tadeusz Trzmiel, 1st  Deputy Mayor for Urban Investments says: Bicycle sharing system in the city favors the development of cycling. We observe an increase in the share of cycling in the city every year, which translates into improved quality of life for residents. Read more here.  
Tuesday 21st March 2017

Padua City Fact Sheet

Mobility Councillor Paolo Botton says: In our city the request for use of bicycles is very significant. It is a service that must be implemented because it is a sustainable mobility service, innovative for the future. The Bike Share System is one of the elements that can provide more sustainable mobility in the city, but economic stability, lack of additional investment to spend in a time of scarce public resources can be barriers to progress. The main reasons for success is that the service is widespread, the affordable cost of the service, the density in the most community centers. It ‘s important to be able to share public spaces with great respect among users (bicycles, cars, pedestrians, bike, bus) Read on here.
Tuesday 21st March 2017

Szeged City Fact Sheet

Vice-mayor Sándor Nagy says:  In Szeged we have always focused on environment protection. Therefore, in developing urban mobility we promote the sustainable modes of transport. Also, in the city’s “Smart City Concept” the aspects of environment have a special role. We tend to take steps to decrease car use in the city centre, and support alternative mobility for producing significant benefits in terms of time savings, lower emissions and less congestion. Thus, we want to facilitate sustainable mobility and liveable city for the citizens. Read on here.
Tuesday 21st March 2017

Burgos City Fact Sheet

Ms. Gema Conde, Vice Mayor of Burgis says: BiCiBUR (our Bike Sharing System) has been always cheap, easy to use, very flexible and very useful. These are the main reasons of the success. BiCiBUR is an OPPORTUNITY, and opportunity for all the citizens to easily use a sustainable mean of transport. Read more here.
Sunday 19th March 2017

Political Factors in Bicycle Sharing Systems

Abstract Bicycle sharing systems let subscribers take bicycles between docking stations placed around cities. The design and implementation of such sys- tems has technological challenges, but also depends on political decisions. This paper explores how liberty, equality and democracy plays a role in this design and shows why it is important to explicate the politics of bi- cycle sharing systemsin the design fase before implementation. Keywords: Bicycle Sharing Systems, Politics of Artefacts, Read more here 
Saturday 18th March 2017

Autmated rebalancing solutions

Low availability of bikes and docks is a problem for users and operators. ElectricFeel can help you solve it. See this video Read on here.
Friday 03rd March 2017

THE BIKEPLUS GUIDE TO Successful Bike Share Scheme Development

1.Introduction …………………………………………………………………………………………………….  5 2.Contribution to policy objectives: the scheme purpose and vision …………………………  7 3.Success factors and lessons learnt from previous closures…………………………………….. 8 4.Management models ………………………………………………………………………………………   10 5.Finance models ……………………………………………………………………………………………….. 12 6.Scale, coverage and density………………………………………………………………………………   16 7.Design and function specifications …………………………………………………………………….  17 8.Mobilisation and station implementation…………………………………………………………….19 9.Marketing ………………………………………………………………………………………………………   22 10.Service level agreements and reporting ……………………………………………………………   23 11.Future phases of scheme development …………………………………………………………….    25 12.Assessment criteria ………………………………………………………………………………………..   26 Appendices………………………………………………………………………………………………………..    27 Read more here
Saturday 25th February 2017

On your bike: the best and the worst of city cycle schemes

This article in The Guardian comes very well timed at the end of the VeloCittá project. This year is the 10th ­anniversary of the world’s first large-scale bike-sharing scheme, the Velib in Paris, whose immediate success – 20 million users in its first year – prompted cities across the world to wheel out their own copies. A decade later there are 1,000 of these schemes, from Milton Keynes to the medina in Marrakech, with 17 across the UK and more opening this year. Some have back-pedalled: Seattle will shut its Pronto scheme in March, a victim of hills, rain, budget cuts and the city’s mandatory helmet law, while in Spain cash-strapped local authorities have put the brakes on half of the country’s 130 schemes. Step aside London. It was once the highest-priced bike-sharing scheme in the world (by annual membership). But that dubious honour now goes to New York which, despite sponsorship from Citibank (and the fact it calls itself “an affordable way to get around town”) charges $163 (£131) for annual membership, and $12 (£9.60) for a day pass. New York’s scheme is, however, entirely privately funded, and indicates what London might have to charge without its public subsidy. But it is to the Netherlands, a country where 27% of all trips are already made by bike (it’s 1% in the US), that we must look for the most nationally integrated bike-sharing scheme.  OV-fiets runs out of almost all important train stations (with 300 locations across the country), with commuters able to pick up a bike from automatic dispensers or from a staffed rental location. The idea is that while the Dutch use their bikes to cycle to a station, when they reach their destination they can hop on another for the last half-mile or so. The system is integrated into the national OV-chipkaart, which is much like the Oyster card in London. Read on here.
Wednesday 22nd February 2017

Economic case for bike share

Responsibility for investment in transport has been devolved to the Local Enterprise Partnerships. The focus of these bodies is on regional economic development.  This document is aimed at supporting Local Enterprise Partnerships, local authorities and bike share organisations applying for funding, to demonstrate the contribution that public bike share can make to sustainable transport and economic vibrancy. Experience shows that bike share systems provide both residents and visitors access to work, business opportunities, services, leisure activities, and tourist destinations. The flexible nature of public bike share stimulates economic growth whilst reducing congestion, pollution and land take of motorised travel: The research summarised in the Economic case for bike share document comes from studies carried out by the European Cycling Federation, Bikeplus, and various academic sources, into the impacts of public bike share and cycling in general. Commercial and retailing activity Bike share constitutes, complements and extends existing public transport Bike share, bike sales and cycle hire Business and employment opportunities Congestion reduction time savings Health benefits and economic savings Funding Sources References Read all deteils here and download the pdf
Monday 20th February 2017

25-Year-Old’s $500 Million Startup Fuels China Bike-Share Battle

In China’s internet warzone, there’s a road map for success: find a rich backer, get lots of money, burn it to buy market share. The latest chapter of that playbook is being written by two young entrepreneurs each offering an update on a former icon of China’s communist party — the bicycle. In one corner is Dai Wei, 25, whose Beijing Bikelock Technology Co. cycle-sharing startup, known as Ofo, won about $100 million backing in September from investors including the venture fund backed by Xiaomi Corp. founder Lei Jun and Didi Chuxing, the ride-hailing giant that just beat Uber Technologies Inc. out of China. The funding is said to have valued the startup at $500 million. In the other is Hu Weiwei, who received similar funding days later for her Beijing Mobike Technology Co. from a group including Tencent Holdings Ltd., the nation’s biggest internet company and, ironically, a long-term backer of Didi. This is the trial by fire of China’s internet landscape, where alliances change in days and startups bleed billions of dollars offering freebies to get customers, only to merge months later so they can take on the next upcoming competitor. See this video and read more here.
Wednesday 08th February 2017

Bike Share in Beirut

Lebanon installed its first bike-sharing station in the capital Beirut in January. Beirut’s small but growing cycling community has welcomed the initiative. Privately funded by Bike 4 All, the project was launched in collaboration with the Governor of Beirut and the Beirut Municipality. Video produced by Lamia Estatie and Suniti Singh; images courtesy of Lamia Estatie
Thursday 02nd February 2017

The Four Horsemen of the Bike Share Apocalypse

Earlier this month, Seattle quietly put the brakes on its bike-share program, Pronto! (with appropriately Jeb! Bush-ian punctuation). The city also canned the idea of an e-bike replacement program. The program’s failure might seem like something of a surprise: One of the bike-friendliest cities in the U.S. (ranked fifth by Cycling in 2016), Seattle seems a lot like the kind of affluent, outdoorsy place that should embrace bike sharing. Instead, Pronto! will come to an end in March. If bike sharing could successfully spread to 119 U.S. cities since 2008, why couldn’t it work in the Emerald City? The answer has to do with a series of structural, political, regulatory, and geographical challenges that the city was unable to overcome. George Bernard Shaw once quipped, “The trouble with the media is that it seems unable to distinguish between the end of the world and a bicycle accident.” With that note of editorial caution, we bring to you: the Four Horsemen of the Bike Share Apocalypse. Read on here.
Wednesday 01st February 2017

Bike-share schemes combat climate change, say companies as they merge

Motivate of Montreal and 8D Technologies of New York are to merge, creating a single bike-share solutions provider. 8D’s provides the hardware and software for many global bike share operations, including in Montreal and London. Motivate manages bike-share systems in North America , including Citi Bike of New York, Ford GoBike in San Francisco, Hubway in Boston and Capital Bikeshare in Washington DC. “By marrying Motivate’s visionary operational and urban transportation experience with 8D’s award-winning hardware and software, the enhanced company will be able to deliver best-in-class bike share systems and accelerate future innovation,” said a press statement. 8D Technologies and Motivate come together as one to combine best-in-class technology and operations / Read on here.
Tuesday 31st January 2017


OXONBIKE is a mixed fleet of 80 bikes, 22 of which are electric bikes at 14 docking stations across Oxford. The scheme connects major employment centres including the Hospitals and Universities in Headington with the city centre and Park & Ride sites, enabling business and commuter trips to be conveniently made by bike. A further 8 ebikes are being added at Oxford railway station. The scheme expansion is funded by the Shared Electric Bike Programme, with match funding from the University of Oxford. It aims to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality through active travel. Adam Bows, Sustainable Transport Manager at the University of Oxford said “The addition of e-bikes to the OXONBIKE fleet will take the pain out of cycling up Headington Hill and enable more University staff to travel quickly and sustainably between the Science Area, the OUH hospital sites in Oxford and Old Road Campus”. 13% of survey respondents in the rest of the UK said they have begun cycling as a result of the bike share scheme A much more even gender balance amongst bike share users, with 57% male and 42% female compared to 75% male and 25% female for all cycling trips 20% of respondents used bike share in conjunction with the bus and 40% with train, indicating how bike share is complementary with public transport 22% said they previously travelled by car or taxi suggesting potential for bike share in reducing congestion and pollution. Download the report and read on here.
Tuesday 31st January 2017

Public Bike Share Users Survey Results 2016

Bike share is developing rapidly in the UK. The Bikeplus Public Bike Share User Survey is the first national research into how people are using bike share schemes. It looks at the impact of these schemes on attracting people to cycling, the health and wellbeing benefits people report and how bike share schemes are influencing people’s travel choices, particularly in moving away from making car journeys. Headlines 13% of survey respondents in the rest of the UK said they have begun cycling as a result of the bike share scheme A much more even gender balance amongst bike share users, with 57% male and 42% female compared to 75% male and 25% female for all cycling trips 20% of respondents used bike share in conjunction with the bus and 40% with train, indicating how bike share is complementary with public transport 22% said they previously travelled by car or taxi suggesting potential for bike share in reducing congestion and pollution. We surveyed over 800 bike share scheme users in England, Wales and Scotland, and compared the data with over 3,000 London users surveyed by Transport for London. Download the report.
Tuesday 31st January 2017

Bristol Co-wheels

Case studies Teresa, a community nurse recently returned to Nursing from a career break and her role includes travelling around the city to visit patients who are house bound and otherwise unable to access normal NHS services. She has been riding an e-bike since April. After her bicycle was stolen from her GP practice, her employer arranged for her to have access to an e-bike so that she could continue her job. She uses the e-bike to attend her patient visits. She said: “I love the freedom of riding my bike around the city, there are no congestion issues and I always have somewhere to park my bike. Even though the bike is electric and gives you that extra boost, I like to put it in the top gears when riding so that I still get a good amount of exercise every day”. Read on here.
Thursday 26th January 2017

City of Stuttgart: tender for the regional bike sharing scheme

The City of Stuttgart has published the tender for the regional bike sharing scheme “RegioRadStuttgart” on European Level (TED Europe). You will find the tender documents here. Final date for offers will be the 6th of march 2017. Wir laden Sie zur Beteiligung an der Ausschreibung ein. We invite you to take part in the tender process.
Thursday 26th January 2017

Vancouver Bixi 2016

Bikeshare rides in Vancouver 2016: 136,000 In Montreal: 4,000,000 & winter means there’s no Bixi for 4 months! No coverage helmetlaws
Friday 20th January 2017

Seattle’s Mayor Murray kills city-run bike-share program

Seattle’s city-run bike-share program is dead. Officials had planned to roll out a new system with electric bikes to replace Pronto, the city’s troubled bike-share system. But Mayor Ed Murray on Friday said millions of dollars allocated for the new system will be spent instead on bike- and pedestrian-safety projects. And the city no longer will pursue an agreement with Quebec-based Bewegen to put electric bikes on Seattle’s streets, said Benton Strong, a Murray spokesman. Pronto is scheduled to shut down at the end of March, so the announcement means the city will soon have no public system at all. The mayor — who is running for re-election this year — seemed to leave the door open to the possibility of the city hosting a private or partly private system. He said he remains “optimistic about the future of bike share in Seattle.” But the city is moving its money in another direction. Read more here.  
Friday 20th January 2017

El préstamo de bicicletas volverá en el 2018, ligado a la movilidad

El gobierno municipal reimplantará el año que viene el servicio de préstamo de bicicletas, que estuvo en marcha hace varios años y hubo de suspenderse por las dificultades en su funcionamiento. Duarte explicó que, en su nueva etapa, el servicio estará vinculada a la movilidad y dispondrá de estaciones para la recogida y devolución de la bicicleta en las estaciones de ferrocarril, autobuses y, seguramente, en los aparcamientos disuasorios. Read on here.
Friday 20th January 2017

Portland’s New Bike Share Marks Some Early Triumphs

Perhaps no civic fixture in Portland will ever be as beloved as those strategically uncomfortable public toilets, but the new bike share is coming close after a mere six months in operation. The Nike-sponsored Biketown program, which rents 1,000 carrot-colored “smart” cycles for $2.50 a trip, has logged 160,000 journeys since July for a total distance of 312,690 miles. That’s the “equivalent of 49 round-trip rides from Portland, Oregon, to Portland, Maine,” according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Last year also saw 3,000 people sign up for year-long contracts, which cost $12 a month and provide 90 minutes of free riding daily. Read more here.
Wednesday 28th December 2016

Bike-sharing revolution aims to put China back on two wheels

Even through Beijing’s nicotine-tinged smog you can make out the multi-coloured frames, gliding through the pea soup towards a greener future. In recent months an unmissable fleet of fluorescent orange, canary yellow and ocean blue bicycles has hit the streets of urban China as part of a hi-tech bike-sharing boom that entrepreneurs hope will make them rich while simultaneously transforming the country’s traffic-clogged cities. “We want to solve problems by getting bikes back on to the streets of our cities,” said Li Zekun, the 25-year-old marketing director of Ofo, one of the startups spearheading this 21st-century transport revolution. From Shanghai to Sichuan province, bike-sharing schemes are being rolled out on an unprecedented scale in an effort to slash congestion and air pollution by putting a country once known as the “Kingdom of Bicycles” back on two wheels. Ofo, so named because of the word’s resemblance to a bicycle, has put about 250,000 of its bright yellow bikes to work since late 2015, of which around 40,000-50,000 are in the capital, according to Li. Read on here.
Sunday 25th December 2016

1st Conference on Bike Sharing Points to Surge in Interest

European city politicians gathered at the first European Bike Share conference signed a ‘statement of support’ to promote bike sharing. In addition the 160 delegates heard of plans to set up a global bike share platform to help cities, operators and others to run and spread bike share more efficiently. The conference that took place on November 30 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands marked the animated end of the 3-year European VeloCittá project. The conference delegates came from more than 25 countries, highlighting the surge of interest by many cities across Europe in bike sharing in recent years. It also shows that cities and other stakeholders still have many “black spots” when it comes to this topic. The conference addressed the most asked questions. Read more here and here
Sunday 25th December 2016

1st Conference on Bike Sharing Points to Surge in Interest

European city politicians gathered at the first European Bike Share conference signed a ‘statement of support’ to promote bike sharing. In addition the 160 delegates heard of plans to set up a global bike share platform to help cities, operators and others to run and spread bike share more efficiently. The conference that took place on November 30 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands marked the animated end of the 3-year European VeloCittá project. The conference delegates came from more than 25 countries, highlighting the surge of interest by many cities across Europe in bike sharing in recent years. It also shows that cities and other stakeholders still have many “black spots” when it comes to this topic. The conference addressed the most asked questions. Read more here
Monday 19th December 2016

1st European Conference on Bike Sharing Points to Surge in Interest

ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands – European city politicians who gathered at the first European Bike Share conference on 30.11 signed a ‘statement of support’ to promote bike sharing. In addition, the 130 delegates heard of plans to set up a global bike share platform to help cities, operators and others to run and spread bike share more efficiently. The conference that took place on November 30 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands marked the animated end of the 3-year European VeloCittá project. The conference delegates came from more than 20 countries from Europe and beyond, highlighting the surge of interest by many cities across Europe in bike sharing in recent years. It also shows that cities and other stakeholders still have many “black spots” when it comes to this topic. The conference addressed the most asked questions. Making a significant difference Participants could learn from the 5 VeloCittá cities of Krakow, Burgos, London, Szeged and Padua, who described how well targeted, professional marketing campaigns make a significant difference in user levels and satisfaction. Inspiring keynote speakers from the USA, Spain and Ireland emphasized among others the importance of stakeholder cooperation, proper and long-term planning, securing financing from various sources. Political statement of support Highlight of the conference was the signing of the political statement of support for bike sharing schemes by 17 politicians from 12 cities in 9 countries. Seven politicians signed on stage, the others had already signed beforehand but could not be present. The politicians urged VeloCittá and the statement of support for bike sharing to be presented to the European Commission and the European Parliament. This could lead to more support on a policy as well as financial level from European institutions. Global Platform Judging by the enthusiastic reactions by local and regional authorities, the conference was such a success that VeloCittá is now actively discussing plans for a global platform including an even larger-scale bike sharing event next year. All presentations and more info can be found at
Thursday 15th December 2016

VeloCittà bikesharing & POLIS conference

150 participants from 23 countries gathered on November 30th in Rotterdam to attend the VeloCittà internet bikesharing conference, which was held in conjunction with the annual POLIS internet conference (450 participants, according to the organizers). While the VeloCittà conference was exclusively dedicated to bikesharing, the POLIS conference offered a broader perspective on sustainable transport. I was in Rotterdam primarily for the POLIS conference because I had a presentation, but it was also a great opportunity to get an impressive update of recent bikesharing practice and research. Lot’s of what I’ve learned can be directly linked to our current involvement in the planning of a bikesharing system in Salzburg, Austria. All presentations of both conferences can be found on the respective websites. Thus, I will focus only on two topics I’ve found especially relevant for our research and project work. Read on here.
Tuesday 06th December 2016

TFL Bikeshare Network Concept with Foldable E-Bike and Electrical Modular Buses

The TFL Bikeshare network concept outlines an efficient and healthy way to realize the ultimate solution for commuters. This concept comprises a foldable e-bike that can be rode from the home and deposited to modular mobile hub, and board a bus. Upon arrival at destination, another hub will be there to rent another bike through using the unique Oystercard which can be availed by leasing the service on a per trip or monthly basis. The E-bike has been designed with airless tires, robust tubular construction and shaft drive, ensuring durability, while the luminated front bar and dazzling graphics increase the visibility and safety for the rider. E-bikes have designed to be folded quickly and intuitively by the user and deposit it into the storage modules after arriving to a transit hub. RFID technology has been utilized to charge the users on their Oystercard according to the amount of E-bike rental time. When docked, E-bikes act as hub seating and get charged for the next renter. Read on here.
Tuesday 29th November 2016

VeloCittá’s’ 10 Golden Rules

VeloCittá’s’ 10 Golden Rules for financing and for optimal organisation of bike share systems, that municipalities can use when they plan to set up ascheme or renew a contract with an operator. Read more here in the VeloCittà report on “Ten Golden Rules for Bike Share Schemes” and see the animation video below!
Tuesday 29th November 2016

29 of the worlds largest bike sharing programs in one map

New York’s new system is compact and dense. Washington DC’s is expansive and sparse. Seoul’s is bifurcated. Paris’s is comprehensive. The geographic footprint of a city’s bike-sharing system can reveal both the municipality’s level of commitment to transportation alternatives as well as the topography of the surrounding area. The maps above show the locations of all docking stations for 29 bike-sharing programs around the world. They are drawn at the same scale and arranged by the number of docks. The data are drawn from Oliver O’Brien’s interactive maps, and the illustrations are inspired by Neil Freeman’s “Subway systems at the same scale.” Not all of the major bike-sharing programs are included, mostly because details are scarce on many such systems in China. O’Brien notes China is said to be home to 17 of the world’s 20 largest bike-sharing systems, measured by the number of available bikes, including 4 that could be the largest in the world. Read more here.
Monday 07th November 2016

Deutsche Bahn verleiht in Berlin bald Fahrräder mit Lidl

Erst schien es, als wäre die Bahn mit “Call a Bike” raus aus dem Spiel: Konkurrent Nextbike gewann die Ausschreibung und startet nächstes Jahr mit 2.000 Rädern in Berlin. Doch jetzt kommt die Bahn mit einem neuen Angebot: Sie startet mit Lidl ein neues Leihsystem in der Hauptstadt, und zwar mit viel mehr Rädern als die Konkurrenz. Unter dem Namen “Lidl-Bikes” startet die Deutsche Bahn gemeinsam mit dem Lebensmittelhändler Lidl ein neues öffentliches Verleihsystem für Fahrräder in Berlin in wirtschaftlicher Eigenverantwortung. Das teilte die Bahn am Donnerstag mit. Ab Frühjahr 2017 sollen den Kunden dann innerhalb des S-Bahn-Rings 3.500 Räder ohne feste Stationen zur Verfügung stehen. Das entspricht einer Verdopplung der bisherigen Flotte des Bahnsystems Call a Bike. Read more here.
Saturday 22nd October 2016


MetroBike, LLC is a bike-sharing consultancy that plans, implements, and manages bike-share systems in the U.S. and abroad. We work with local governments and assist them through each step of creating a cost-effective bike-share service meets the public’s mobility needs. MetroBike has a global client list which includes local and federal governments, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and universities. Clients include Arlington County, Virginia, USA and Montgomery County, Maryland, USA with the creation and expansion of Capital Bikeshare and the Cities of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg, Denmark with the development of a public tender for Bycyklen. Read more here.
Saturday 22nd October 2016

Das and Dash+ from B-cycle

B-cycle introduced two new bicycles to add to their offering for the public use bicycle market. The Dash has an ‘on the bike user interface’ that could be used in a ‘free floater’ dockless set up. It will be available soon and is compatible with current B-cycle programs. Also debuted, in prototype form, is the Dash+, a pedelec, which will be available in 2018. Both bikes can be accessed by mobile phone applications and a have a handle bar electronic screen to display navigation and information. Read more here.
Saturday 22nd October 2016

New Bikeshare system for Berlin

Nextbike started installing a pilot program running for the month of November in Lichtenberg, Germany. This is a test to make ready for its deployment of 5,000 bikes in 700 stations next year in the city of Berlin. The program is to replace the 1,500 bike Call-a-Bike system currently in Berlin. According to and Berliner Kurier, the City Senate has told Call-a-Bike to remove its bikes and stations, but Deutche Bahn, Call-a Bike’s parent company, says it will replace its system with a new one in Berlin. Stay tuned for reports on this teutonic shift! Read on here.
Saturday 22nd October 2016

Shanghai will be -by the end of 2016- the largest public bike share program.

The free floating Chinese public use bike program, has expanded into Shenzhen, China. Started in April 2016 in Shanghai, there are now Mobikes in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen according to Also this week, Mobike introduced a new Mobike Light bicycle. According to the Shanghai Daily, this bike will first be deployed in the Baoshan District, just north of Shanghai. It will cost around 7¢US per 30 minutes to use this new bike. One half the price of using the original Mobike! Between these two bicycles, Mobike hopes to have 100,000 bicycles on the streets of greater Shanghai by the end of the year. That would overtake Hangzhou for the title of the city with the world’s be largest public bike share program. Read on here.
Saturday 22nd October 2016

Medina Bike the ‘‘vélib’’ of Marrakech; still looking for name sponsors

The first public use bicycle program on the African Continent will begin on November 7, 2016. Medina Bike will launch with 300 bikes in 12 stations for the opening of the Congress of Parties, COP22, of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, UNFCCC, in Morocco. According to InfoMédiare the program will have equipment from the French company Smoove. Infomédiaire Maroc – C’est la société française Smoove qui équipera Marrakech en vélos en libre-service. Et en remportant ce marché, l’entreprise devient le 1er opérateur à équiper une ville du continent africain. Smoove a remporté l’appel d’offres organisé par l’ONUDI, l’Organisation des Nations Unies pour le Développement Industriel (rattachée à l’ONU), afin de déployer une flotte de vélos en libre-service à l’occasion de la COP22, du 7 au 18 novembre 2016 à Marrakech. Mis en place en partenariat avec la structure locale ‘‘Estates Vision’’, Medina Bike sera le ‘‘vélib’’ de Marrakech, 1ère ville du continent africain à bénéficier d’un système de vélos en libre-service. Composée de 300 vélos et d’une dizaine de stations, la flotte sera installée dans les lieux emblématiques de la ville comme la Koutoubia ou les jardins de Majorelle. A noter ce service sera inauguré lors de la COP22 et s’inscrit dans la pérennité avec un contrat renouvelable d’une durée initiale de 5 ans. A l’image de Moscou, Helsinki ou Vancouver, le modèle économique de Medina Bike inclura la contribution d’un sponsor, dont les recherches sont en cours. Read more here.
Wednesday 05th October 2016

BICICARD: Préstamo automático de biciclettas

SISTEMA AUTOMÁTICO DE BICICLETAS PÚBLICO Bicicard® es un sistema automático de bicicletas públicas desarrollado por ITCL. Ofrece un servicio en el que las bicicletas están disponibles para su uso compartido dentro de las ciudades con los siguientes objetivos: Implantar un sistema de préstamo de bicicletas público, asequible, práctico y fácil de utilizar. Fomentar el uso de la bicicleta como alternativa de transporte habitual, limpio y saludable. Complementar la red de transporte público en las ciudades. ELEMENTOS DEL SISTEMA Puntos de préstamo (suministro y devolución de bicicletas): – Bancada aparca-bicis con número variable de puestos para bicicletas. – Columna interactiva con lector de tarjetas (Punto de información multimedia (PIM) / Terminal de acceso Usuario (TAU). Bicicletas. Software/Centro de control on-line SISTEMA ESCALABLE Y CONFIGURABLE Aparcamientos con capacidad variable. Ampliable tanto en el nº de puntos de préstamo, como en nº de bicicletas. Adaptable a diferentes tipos de vehículos (bicicleta adaptada, bicicleta eléctrica, scooter eléctrica…) Columna interactiva con diversas funcionalidades (multidioma, publicidad, alquiler, integración en la red de transporte público, pago por tarjeta…). Homologado con el uso de diferentes tipos de tarjeta para el usuario (tarjeta ciudadana, pre-pago, de transporte, de crédito…). VENTAJAS Sistema versátil, funcional y plenamente integrado en el entorno urbano. Facilidad de uso. Software de gestión web con acceso restringido: Centro de control On-Line. Información de la disponibilidad de bicicletas y gestión en tiempo real. Trazabilidad de todos los datos relativos a usuarios, bicicletas, préstamos, sanciones, etc. Cumplimiento de normas y marcado CE. Compatibilidad electromagnética. Read more here.
Thursday 29th September 2016

Benefits of bike sharing for individuals

There are a range of unique benefits bike share offers, it is both an alternative and a complement to ownership. For many, bike share can be an easy and affordable way to access cycling but often bike owners are also regular users of public cycle hire. Low cost access No maintenance No storage Combining with public transport Alternative to cycle carriage on trains Trip chaining One way trips Electric bikes Read on here
Thursday 29th September 2016

Factors for successful bike share schemes

How is success measured? Success can be defined in different ways but in this case we see it as being: Sufficient utilisation to cover operating costs alongside additional advertising revenue, and Good customer satisfaction levels. It is also important to know that success is also crucially measured in how the scheme can contribute to key local policy drivers which include: Relieving pressure on overcrowded public transport routes Reducing car use by connecting to public transport and reducing traffic congestion Solving the “first and last mile” connectivity issues Improving health & wellbeing Tackling pollution Improving access to jobs and education for low income residents. Developing tourism Read on here
Thursday 29th September 2016

How Bike Share Supports Access to Work, Skills, Education or Training

Bike share offers a pay-as-you-go, reliable, flexible A to B, transport solution which complements public transport and improves health and well-being. Bike share supports access to work, training and education in the following ways: Job creation: By directly creating jobs in operational and marketing functions as well as often supporting local charities or CIC offering training to long term unemployed and youth offenders Access to work: Bike share offers last mile connection from bus and rail stations2,3 to employment sites especially for those unable to afford a car or their own bicycle. Or those without anywhere to store their own bike at home. Help for the unemployed: Bike share membership is a low cost, flexible, healthy support mechanism for those without work to help them access job opportunities. Relieving parking and congestion problems: Bike share supports new developments or allows sites to add new jobs without creating additional pressure on parking spaces or local roads4. Economic development: Bike share stimulates economic growth in a number of ways which in turn creates further employment opportunities Cyclists spend more money in city centres that those travelling by car5 Bike share draws visitors to tourist attractions through a fun, flexible fast and affordable travel mode. Bike share can reduce travel times7 Cyclists have increase productivity, are healthier and take less time off Read on here
Thursday 29th September 2016

Models of bike share

Traditional on-street docking station bike hire Bike share lockers Rail station Bike Share Smart Lock Bike Share Staffed Bike Hubs /workplace bike pools Bike Libraries / Loans Peer to Peer sharing Read on here
Thursday 29th September 2016

Bike Sharing: A review of evidence on impacts and processes of implementation and operation1

Despite the growing popularity of bike sharing, there is a lack of in-depth impact and process evaluations of existing schemes, especially with regard to measuring the ‘success’ of a scheme against its original objectives. This paper is concerned with identifying and critically interpreting the available evidence on bike sharing to date, on both impacts and processes of implementation and operation. The growing yet limited evidence base suggests that bike sharing can increase cycling levels but needs complementary pro-cycling measures and wider support to sustainable urban mobility to thrive. While predominantly enabling a commuting function, bike sharing allows users to undertake other key economic, social and leisure activities. It benefits users through improved health, increased transport choice and convenience, reduced travel times and costs, and improved travel experience. However these benefits are unequally distributed, since users are typically male, younger and in more advantaged socio-economic positions than the average population. There is no evidence that bike sharing significantly reduces traffic congestion, carbon emissions and pollution. From a process perspective, bike sharing can be delivered through multiple governance models, involving a varying mix of stakeholders from the public and private sectors. A key challenge to operation is network rebalancing, while facilitating factors include partnership working and inclusive scheme promotion. Drawing on this evidence review, the paper suggests directions for future research and concludes that high-quality monitoring data, systematically and consistently collected, concerning a wide range of impact and process indicators are needed. The development of innovative evaluation tools that are suitable to assess the value of bike sharing, coupled with an open and transparent debate about its role in wider transport systems, are necessary for bike sharing to be an effective element of sustainable urban mobility strategies. Read more here.
Thursday 29th September 2016

Bike Share Benefits; Statistics on the contribution to eight key policy areas

  Health and wellbeing Economic benefits Supporting public transport Reductions in car use Improving access to jobs, education and amenities Solving the “first / last mile” connectivity issues Developing tourism Improving road safety Read on here  
Sunday 18th September 2016

Bikeshare: A Review of Recent Literature

The number of cities offering bikeshare has increased rapidly, from just a handful in the late 1990s to over 800 currently. This paper provides a review of recent bikeshare literature. Several themes have begun to emerge from studies examining bikeshare. Convenience is the major motivator for bikeshare use. Financial savings has been found to motivate those on a low income and the distance one lives from a docking station is an important predictor for bikeshare membership. In a range of countries, it has been found that just under 50% of bikeshare members use the system less than once a month. Men use bikeshare more than women, but the imbalance is not as dramatic as private bike riding (at least in low cycling countries). Commuting is the most common trip purpose for annual members. Users are less likely than private cyclists to wear helmets, but in countries with mandatory helmet legislation, usage levels have suffered. Bikeshare users appear less likely to be injured than private bike riders. Future directions include integration with e-bikes, GPS (global positioning system), dockless systems and improved public transport integration. Greater research is required to quantify the impacts of bikeshare, in terms of mode choice, emissions, congestion and health. Read more here.
Saturday 10th September 2016

San Francisco will have one of the largest U.S. bikeshare programs — thanks to Ford

Taking a Ford to work is about to mean something totally different in the San Francisco Bay Area. The car manufacturer announced on Friday it will be sponsoring the Bay Area Bike Share program’s expansion, which will bring a total up 7,000 bikes — up from 700 — to the region. While the new bikes will start hitting the pavement in spring 2017, the San Francisco area will boast the second largest bikeshare network (behind New York) in the U.S. by the end of 2018, thanks to the Ford partnership. The name of the system — which is run by bikeshare network startup Motivate — will change to Ford GoBike. Access to the bikeshare network, such as renting a bike for the day, will be accessible via a Ford app. View this clip. Read on here.
Monday 05th September 2016

Bike Plus and Car Plus in the UK

Getting around by bike has recognised health benefits and, unlike driving a conventional car, does not contribute to environmental problems like air pollution and climate change. When drivers substitute their car for a bike they are also directly reducing congestion and the need for car parking spaces. Shared bike schemes are increasingly becoming an important tool for transport planners to increase the uptake of cycling and facilite door to door travel. What is Bike Share? Bike share can broadly be defined as any setting where cycles are pooled for use by many, such as workplace pool bikes, community bike hubs or the increasing number of peer to peer sharing apps but the statistics below refer only to self-service automated schemes. It is five years since Transport for London launched the “Boris” bike cycle hire in London. This highly successful scheme hires 10,000 bikes from more than 700 stations across London, echoing developments in other major cities across the world. Since then cycle hire schemes have successfully been established outside the capital including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Oxford, Southampton, Nottingham, Liverpool (pictured) and Bath. Not all allow one way “bike and drop” style trips like London yet but they are all self-service pick up with prices which encourage short journeys maximising the utilisation of each bike as oppose to traditional bike hire. Many like “Bike n Go” are linked to transport interchanges and the first schemes integrated with car share clubs are emerging. As in other areas of the economy, bikes are also attracting peer to peer sharing options such as Spinlister. Read on here.
Sunday 04th September 2016

9 Game-changing Things You Won’t Truly Understand About Metrobike Until You Try It

My first encounter with bike share happened just about a year ago when I traveled to New York City from LA for a few months, and for the first time in a while, I found myself without a bike to ride. Citi Bike was the obvious solution, and it didn’t take long for me to fall into the rhythm of relying on it to get almost everywhere I went. Overall the experience was wonderful. It was more reliable and cost effective than the train, and way faster than pretty much any alternative. If I’d been asked, I would have rated it 9/10 (minus one point for why are the handlebars always sticky?). And yet, deep down, I don’t believe I ever saw myself using it outside of a tourist’s context. When I got back to LA, I hopped back on my own personal ride, and that was that. Thus, I present to you 9 game-changing things you won’t truly understand about Metrobike until you’ve tried it: 1. You don’t have to make a round trip                                                                                                                                                                       2. You don’t have to plan ahead 3. You don’t have to carry a lock 4. It’s always in good working order 5. You get more respect on the road 6. You can go places with your friends 7. It’s safer 8. It strengthens your sense of community and place 9. Bikeshare is not bike rental. Read on here.
Sunday 04th September 2016

Bikesharing as a gateway drugs for urban cycling cultures.

Brilliant marketing campaign by #PCCAMS16 students
Monday 29th August 2016

City flow bike share system London

cf. city flows is a comparative visualization environment of urban bike mobility designed to help citizens casually analyze three bike-sharing systems in the context of a public exhibition space. Read more here:
Friday 26th August 2016

ZARAGOZA El Ayuntamiento negocia habilitar el servicio Bizi por la noche

El Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza está inmerso en las negociaciones para que el servicio Bizi esté disponible en horario nocturno. Desde que se implantaron las bicicletas públicas, los usuarios han pedido que se ampliara su servicio al resto de franjas horarias. Según detallan fuentes del Consistorio, esta propuesta se está negociando con Clear Channel, la empresa concesionaria, aunque las conversaciones todavía en una etapa inicial y no hay ningún acuerdo en firme. “Poner en marcha este servicio no hubiera sido una gran complicación si no fuera porque la empresa lo ha incluido en un ‘pack’ de negociación, en el que se encuentran otras mejoras”, especifican. Read on here.
Thursday 25th August 2016

Nyáron sem pihennek a szegedi kölcsönbringák

“Lecsengett a tavaszi időszak, jelen pillanatban turista felhasználóink vannak” – mondta el hírportálunknak Szabó László, a CityBike Szeged projektmenedzsere. A turisták és az egyetemisták a fő célközönség, így is tervezték a létrehozáskor, természetesen a szegediek is élnek a lehetőséggel, de a jellemzően az említett két csoport regisztrál. A szorgalmi időszak lezárultával augusztus végéig főként a Szegedre látogató turisták járatják a fémszamarakat, ennek következtében az egyetemi épületek mellől eltűntek a sárga kecskék. “Majdnem minden szegedi szállodával együttműködési megállapodásunk van, vagyis a szállodák kedvezményes áron kölcsönözhetnek kerékpárt, amivel élnek is, csoportosan kölcsönöznek, például nemrég egy osztálykirándulás erejéig vették igénybe a szolgáltatásunk” – fogalmazott Szabó László. Read on here.
Thursday 25th August 2016

Bikeshare in Szeged

A klip főtámogatója Szeged Megyei Jogú Város Önkormányzata (Teddy Sky, Johnny Powers Severin, Ray Dalton, Madcon) Arrangement/Hangszerelés: Németh Miklós & Fool Moon
Sunday 21st August 2016

8 of the World’s Best Bike Sharing Programs

As cycling becomes more and more welcomed as a dominant method of inner-city travel in the first world, we’re going to see more and more of these bike shares, as well as seeing the existing ones expand (hopefully they’ll be expanding my local bike share—there never seems to be a bike available when I need it). These days, everyone knows Europe is basically the king when it comes to cycling infrastructure, so logically one would assume all the best bike share programs must also be in Europe. While many of them are, the rest of the world has also been stepping their cycling game up in recent decades. Below you’ll find a list of the world’s eight best bike share programs by city. If you’re expecting Europe to dominate this list, then #1 might come as a shock to you.
Thursday 18th August 2016

How to turn cafes into rental points of a citywide bike sharing; in and outside Russia

We developed a service, which makes it possible to connect city cafes into a network of bike sharing points. Users can get a bike in seconds and return it in any cafe connected to Cafebike, the payment will be charged automatically upon finishing the ride. Cafebike already works in St.Petersburg and is ready for launch in other cities globally. Cafebike is simple Cafebike doesn’t require automated stations or locks. Ramp up costs are less than $200–300 and annual operation costs $30–50 on a per bike basis. It’s 10–30 times less than the costs of launching bike sharing with any other technology. Low costs make it attractive option for individuals, communities or businesses considering starting up a public bike sharing in their city as well as for traditional bicycle rental business willing to expand and increase profitability. Cafebike is now looking for expansion via setting partnerships with city governments or bicycle businesses in most cities or launching own operations in selected cities. A partner gets a step-by-step plan, materials and support required for successful launch and operation. App localization challenges are already solved — payments processing system can bill users in all currencies and any language can be added in days. Contact us at to learn how to launch bike sharing in your city. Read more here.
Tuesday 16th August 2016

News Letter 5 Velo-Citta

News Letter 5
Sunday 14th August 2016

Biking in Madrid

Sunday 14th August 2016

Bike share mapping creates beautiful portraits of London, NYC and Berlin

Bike sharing programmes have grown from just 24 cities worldwide a decade ago to more than 800 cities today, but how has a 200-year-old device suddenly become the next big thing in urban transport? The key is digital information, the real-time GPS technology that allows the bikes to be tracked and secured, and lets cities monitor how and where they are being used. Some cities have also begun posting this GPS data online, allowing the public to come up with their own innovative uses. One fascinating example comes by way of two visual design researchers in Potsdam, Germany: Till Nagel and Christopher Pietsch have used bike sharing GPS data from three global cities to create living, breathing portraits of the cities themselves. The cf. city flows interactive installation is hosted by Potsdam’s Urban Complexity Lab. Three high-resolution screens let visitors compare flows of urban mobility in London, New York City and Berlin, as seen through the journeys of shared bikes. As soon as you compare these cities’ patterns of movement, several distinguishing features become apparent. As noted on the project’s website, some visitors pointed out the barrier between Middle Manhattan and Central Park, as well as the inner-city area in Berlin. Others noted the contrast between New York’s neatly ordered street grid and the idiosyncratic, organically-grown layouts of Berlin and London. Read more here.
Tuesday 09th August 2016

Team Bublr Bikes

Bublr Bikes is brought to you by the City of Milwaukee and Bublr Bikes, a Milwaukee-based not-for-profit organization. The team plans to launch at least 100 stations in Milwaukee and surrounding suburbs in the coming years. Discover How It Works Pricing Locations Mobile App Join Now Account Login Media Contact
Thursday 04th August 2016

Gobike comes to Rotterdam

Thursday 04th August 2016

Urban Bikeway Design Guide Released by NACTO

NACTO has put out three “Practitioner’s papers”, which “ highlight best practices for cities aiming to address equity issues while introducing or expanding their bike share systems.” These include: Walkable Station Spacing Is Key to Successful, Equitable Bike Share Can Monthly Passes Improve Bike Share Equity? High-Quality Bike Facilities Increase Ridership and Make Biking Safer They are all big deals. Bike share stations need to be relatively close together or many people have to walk too far to get a bike; it has to be affordable and easy to buy a pass with cash. But most importantly, there has to be infrastructure where it is safe to ride. That is the big and expensive nut to crack.
Thursday 04th August 2016

High-Quality Bike Facilities Increase Ridership and Make Biking Safer

NACTO’s report, Equitable Bike Share Means Building Better Places for People to Ride (pdf) combines in-house research with analysis of other reports, and finds that: Riding a bike is getting safer as cities build better bike lane networks. Gains in bike safety are especially important for low-income riders and riders of color. More people ride when cities build protected bike lanes. Most people are “interested but concerned” about biking and would bike with higher-comfort facilities. Bike share systems should be matched with extensive protected bike lane networks to encourage ridership and increase safety. Bike share programs increase the visibility of cyclists, making riding safer for everyone. Mandatory adult helmet laws reduce bike ridership and don’t increase safety. Long-term engagement efforts, done by and with communities, can build support for necessary safety improvements.
Thursday 04th August 2016

Can Monthly Passes Improve Bike Share Equity?

Adding monthly membership options to bike share pricing plans may increase bike share enrollment, especially among low-income potential riders, new research from NACTO finds. NACTO’s second Equity Practitioners’ Paper, Can Monthly Passes Improve Bike Share Equity, uses research from comparable industries, findings from focus groups, and reports from outreach ambassadors to explore the impact of bike share pricing structures on sign-up rates. As cities continue to look for ways to better engage low-income potential riders, adding monthly membership options which offer greater financial flexibility and reduce “sticker shock” should be considered. In particular, NACTO finds that low-income people may especially benefit from installment options or monthly memberships. While evidence suggests that the total cost of an annual bike share membership is not an insurmountable barrier for most low-income people, many low-income people have difficulties coming up with the lump-sum payment for annual membership. Indeed, NACTO’s analysis of comparable transit pass purchases reveals that low-income people are more likely to purchase short-term memberships than people in higher income brackets.
Thursday 04th August 2016

Walkable Station Spacing Is Key to Successful, Equitable Bike Share

Bike share use increases exponentially with station density, according to a new NACTO analysis of U.S. bike share system data, released today. Systems that are designed with stations a five minute walk apart provide more convenient, reliable service and are used much more frequently than systems with more far-flung stations. To increase ridership among low-income populations, bike share systems must be designed to offer a meaningful transportation option. As cities seek to build successful, equitable bike share systems, NACTO finds that high station density – approximately 28 stations per square mile – and even station spacing is key. NACTO’s Walkable Station Spacing is Key to Successful, Equitable Bike Share makes the connection between station density, service quality and equity, and provides a data-driven analysis for system operators looking to expand the reach and utility of their bike share systems. Looking at ridership data from a variety of U.S. bike share systems, NACTO finds that the utility of a bike share system, as well as ridership, increase exponentially when stations are closer together. Data analyzed from bike share member surveys clearly shows that convenience is the reason why people use bike share and station placement must be guided by the distance people are willing to walk to find a bike. Equitable bike share requires close, even station spacing – a station every 1,000 feet – in order to create a convenient network of stations that allows people to make the trips they want to make.
Thursday 04th August 2016

How To Build A Thriving, Equitable Bike Share System

Tuesday 02nd August 2016


ETCP Greece-Italy (European Territorial Cooperation Programme) è il programma di cooperazione internazionale finanziato dal FESR e finalizzato allo sviluppo delle regioni costiere di Italia e Grecia • Obiettivi strategici del programma: Rafforzare innovazione e competitività dei sistemi economici delle aree transfrontaliere Migliorare l’accessibilità delle aree alle reti e ai servizi in modo da rafforzare la competitività del territorio in un’ottica mediterranea Migliorare la qualità della vita dei cittadini dell’area tutelando l’ambiente e rafforzando la coesione sociale Read on here.
Thursday 28th July 2016

Shared Mobility: Innovation for Liveable Cities

Citizens will benefit from lower cost public transport systems which use on-demand, shared vehicles to access schools, health services and work opportunities. With shared mobility providing better service, traditional urban bus services with fixed routes and timetables are likely to disappear. New research by ITF examined the effect of replacing all car and bus trips in a mid-sized European city with automatically dispatched door-to-door services. As well as positive impacts on social inclusion due to better access, the system would provide the same level of mobility to citizens using only 3% of the current number of vehicles. Replacing private cars and scheduled bus services with shared taxis and taxi-buses would cut emissions by one third and on-street parking would become superfluous. Read more here
Tuesday 26th July 2016

Why do some bike-share systems succeed and others fail? The Bike-Sharing Planning Guide explains

  Hoy, más de 600 ciudades alrededor del mundo tienen sus propios sistemas de bicicletas públicas y cada año se inauguran más. Los sistemas más grandes se encuentran en China, en ciudades como Hangzhou y Shanghái. Los exitosos sistemas de París, Londres y Washington D.C. han ayudado en gran medida a promover el ciclismo como un sistema de transporte valioso y viable. Esta guía fue creada para reducir la división entre los países desarrollados y en vías de desarrollo en cuanto a las experiencias que se han tenido con el uso e implementación de las bicicletas públicas. Debería ser útil para ayudar a planear e implementar un sistema de bicicletas públicas, independientemente de su ubicación, su tamaño o la densidad de la ciudad. Read on here.
Monday 25th July 2016

Bike-sharing pilot to start next year in Jurong East, Singapore

A tender will be called next week for an operator to run a bike-sharing pilot in Jurong Lake District, which will see 1,000 bicycles available for use across 100 docking stations 24 hours daily. Also to be launched is a six-month trial to allow cyclists and personal mobility device (PMD) users to carry their rides onto trains and buses at all times, instead of only during off-peak periods. Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan shared these plans during the inaugural Walk Cycle Ride SG Symposium on Wednesday (July 20) at the Mediacorp Campus. The projects are part of Singapore’s ongoing efforts to go “car-lite”. The bike-sharing pilot in Jurong Lake District, which will be launched next year, will allow commuters to pick up a bicycle from one of the self-service docking stations located near their homes and ride it to MRT stations, offices or malls, where they can leave the bicycle at a docking station. Read more here
Tuesday 05th July 2016

Active and closed Bike Share Systems in Spain

Have a look at this map On this site
Tuesday 05th July 2016

Over 32,000 bikes in the public use bicycle fleet are put in over 3,400 stations throughout 105 Municipalities in the U.S.A.

In the last few months there have been a few good and interesting reports about the state of Public Use Bicycling in the United States. These reports have been widely circulated by various media. We at The Bike-sharing Blog welcome all research and reports that further the public use bicycle industry. We assiduously read them all. The most positive report was Bikesharing and Bicycle Safety written by Elliot Martin, Adam Cohen, Jan Botha, and Susan Shaheen for the Minetta Transportation Institute. Their research showed that there had been no fatalities involving public use bicycles as of January 2016 and that public bikes are statically safer than trips on private bikes. Read more here.
Tuesday 05th July 2016

A planning toolkit for Indian cities

The Indian Ministry of Urban Development is committed to helping cities develop high quality transport systems that offer sustainable mobility options for their residents. These systems should reflect the spirit of India’s National Urban Transport Policy, which emphasises the importance of moving people, not vehicles. Public cycle sharing can play a key role in improving last-mile connectivity as well as modal share of cycling besides raising the image of cycling in Indian cities. Cycling is green and healthy, and it reduces the burden on our strained road networks. The public bicycling schemes that are popular in western countries are a relatively new concept in India. In the last few years, several Indian cities have shown interest with setting up such systems. The Ministry of Urban Development recognises that non-motorised modes of transport, like cycling, are an important part of making urban transport more sustainable. To launch the National Public Bicycle Scheme and to build capacity for the implementation and operation of cycle sharing systems, the first consultation meeting held last year received overwhelming support and commendation. After the first consultation meeting, the Ministry organised four sub-groups to research different aspects of cycling sharing: Read more here:
Tuesday 14th June 2016

First the Olympics, then Seattle Transportation: Meet Nicole Freedman

As Mayor Ed Murray and the Seattle Department of Transportation Director, Scott Kubly, tout the $930 million Move Seattle transportation levy, their common refrain is, “we can’t build our way out of congestion.” But with no space to widen roads, Seattle has to figure out how to maximize what infrastructure and resources it has. Improving transit is critical, but much of the answer lies in increasing the number of people who walk or bike. In the name of just that, SDOT recently hired its first “Active Transportation Director,” Nicole Freedman, whose career already contains no shortage of bike-related victories. As Director of Boston Bikes – the city of Boston’s bike program that she helped to launch in 2007 – Freedman helped to build the city’s first bike lane network, double the number bicyclists, start the Hubway bike share system and transform what used to be one of America’s worst cities for biking, among other things.Oh, and she was an Olympian. As she wrapped up her second week at SDOT, I asked her a few questions.
Tuesday 31st May 2016

CiViTAS Capital and Bike Share

Bike-sharing systems provide public access to bicycles for a limited time. Some provide free access to members and others charge a monthly or yearly fee. Some schemes operate stations across an entire city and others are intended for commuters. But they all have a common goal: improving the cycling culture in cities and encouraging people to cycle more. Read more here.
Monday 23rd May 2016


The growth of bikesharing in the United States has had a transformative impact on urban transportation. Major cities have established large bikesharing systems, including Boston, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis-Saint Paul, New York City, Salt Lake City, the San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Washington DC, and others. These systems began operating as early as 2010, and no fatalities have occurred within the US as of this writing. However, three have happened in North America—two in Canada and one in Mexico. Bikesharing has some qualities that appear inherently unsafe for bicyclists. Most prominently, helmet usage is documented to be quite low in most regions. In addition, bikesharing is also used by people who bicycle less frequently, and by tourists, who are often less familiar with the local terrain. In this study, researchers take a closer look at bikesharing safety from qualitative and quantitative perspectives. Through a series of four focus groups, they discussed bikesharing usage and safety with bikesharing members and nonmembers in the Bay Area. They further engaged experts nationwide from a variety of fields to evaluate their opinions and perspectives on bikesharing and safety. Finally, researchers conducted an analysis of bicycle and bikesharing activity data, as well as bicycle and bikesharing collisions to evaluate injury rates associated with bikesharing when compared with benchmarks of personal bicycling. The data analysis found that collision and injury rates for bikesharing are lower than previously computed rates for personal bicycling. Experts and focus group participants independently pointed to bikesharing rider behavior and bikesharing bicycle design as possible factors. In particular, bikesharing bicycles are generally designed in ways that promote stability and limited speeds, which mitigate the conditions that contribute to collisions. Data analysis also explored whether there was evidence of a “safety in numbers benefit” that resulted from bikesharing activity. However, no significant impact from bikesharing activity on broader bicycle collisions could be found within the regions in which they operate. Discussion and recommendations are presented in the conclusion. Read more here.
Monday 23rd May 2016

The Uphill Push to Save a Bike-Share Pioneer

Aboard a ship on the Indian Ocean, he heard that the bike-sharing company, which is now known as PBSC Urban Solutions, was available for purchase. From a satellite phone, he bid about $4 million in cash to buy the company out of bankruptcy. He did this without hiring lawyers and accountants to scour the books. “I’m not very rich, but I’m not a poor person,” said Mr. Rodi, a multimillionaire who also owns a Canadian furniture company and whose name is synonymous with sofas in Quebec. “So when this came on the market I said, ‘Well, that’s interesting.’ ” He quickly learned why due diligence matters. The core of the international business was sound, even profitable by Mr. Rodi’s assertion, although he would not go into the financial specifics of the private company. As Mr. Rodi likes to say, it is the “Rolls-Royce of bike-share systems,” with sturdy equipment and solar-powered Wi-Fi docking stations. But the company, which was started by the city of Montreal, was starved for capital and crippled by a disastrous decision to change software systems. Bankruptcy only added to its woes, as the company faced shortages of parts and products and as rivals snatched up top customers, like the new Seattle bike-share system. The industry, in the meantime, has evolved. Once a curiosity favored by politicians to improve their environmental credentials, bike sharing has increasingly become an accepted piece of transit infrastructure. Major cities with established systems are expanding them, while communities outside Europe and North America are turning to bike sharing as a partial answer to urban gridlock. Read more here.
Sunday 15th May 2016

Bikeshare systems: Recent research on their growth, users’ demographics and their health and societal impacts

Not even a decade ago, bikeshare was an afterthought in most cities’ transportation plans — if it was thought of at all. Early systems in the United States and Europe often had to use the honor system, and the results were predictably depressing. All that changed with the 2005 launch of Velo’v in Lyon, France. While it didn’t pioneer the use of purpose-built bikes, dedicated docking stations, smart cards, and a fee structure that encourages short-term rentals, it was one of the first to bring all these elements together, and at scale. The result was an embrace by residents, a significant presence in city life — and plenty of imitators. Fast-forward 10 years, and there are more than 850 public bikeshare systems around the world, from Lansing, Mich., to New York City; from Melbourne, Australia, to Helsinki, Finland. While new-generation bikeshare systems aren’t immune to technical and economic difficulties — the world’s largest, in Wuhan, China, is being retooled after its rapid expansion overloaded the private operator — they appear to be a permanent part of how cities will work going forward. They’re a prominent component of the sharing economy, and have transformed how citizens and public officials think about personal mobility and urban design. Read more here
Friday 13th May 2016

30-minute rides for only $2: Bublr Bikes releases “Pay As You Go Pass”

MILWAUKEE — Bublr Bikes, Milwaukee’s bike share system, has released a Pay As You Go Pass, which allows passholders to take 30-minute Bublr rides for only $2. According to a press release, The Pay As You Go Pass gives Bublr users the lowest 30-minute rate offered by any bike share system in the country. “We are working hard to create a bike share system that is accessible and affordable for all Milwaukeeans,” said Kevin Hardman, Bublr Bikes executive director. “The Pay As You Go Pass is perfect for casual Bublr users who only want to pay for Bublr when they need it.” Users can order the Pay As You Go Pass at They will be charged a one-time $2 fee for a Bublr key fob, which will be mailed in 4-5 days. The Bublr key fob allows for instant access to any Bublr Bike in the system. Read more here.  
Wednesday 11th May 2016

OV-fiets in the Travel Planner Xtra app

The Travel Planner Xtra app offers a new functionality: you can check how many OV-fiets bicycles are available at the station of your choice. Handy information for planning your journey from door to door! How does it work? Simply download the latest version of the Travel Planner Xtra app for free from the App Store or Google Play. In the Travel Planner Xtra menu, select the heading ‘Services’ and then ‘OV-fiets’. The app will use your current location to find OV-fiets locations near you. You can also use the search function to find a specific station or OV-fiets location. Plus, each location displays a blue icon with the number of available OV-fietsen at that location. Simply touch a location for more information about opening hours and OV-fiets availability. When you select the heading ‘Stations’ in the menu to look for information about a station, you can see whether that station has an OV-fiets location under the tab ‘Services’. Select ‘OV-fiets’ to display the map with locations and availability. Availability number The number of bicycles available is meant as a tool to help you as a traveler. The information is updated every 15 minutes. This number is reliable, but it may not represent the exact number of bicycles available at a given moment, as the information may be a few minutes old and OV-fiets bicycles may have been rented or returned since the last update. Read more here.
Sunday 08th May 2016

Nicosia scraps pricey bike rental scheme (August 2015)

Nearly four years after it was launched at a cost of at least €800,000, the Nicosia bicycle rental scheme has been scrapped.As from Monday, those Nicosia municipalities which took part in the scheme have started to dismantle the 27 bike rental pick up/drop off points or ‘stations’ and to remove the bicycles. A new service is planned. “Negotiations for a maintenance contract with Nextbike, the international company which successfully runs a similar scheme in Limassol, are under way,” said Michael Anastasiades, head of the financial department of the Strovolos municipality and president of the intermunicipal company in charge of the project. However, once the new company takes over, it will take at least six months to get a new updated service running. Some €800,000 was invested in the original scheme, of which around 50 per cent was contributed by the communications ministry. According to Michalis Lambrinos, senior executive engineer at the ministry, the rest of the cost was divided between the seven municipalities that took part in the scheme when it was launched in 2011. Read more here.
Wednesday 04th May 2016

McAllen B-cycle Burns Over One Million Calories

McAllen B-cycle riders burned over one million calories since the City of McAllen bike share program launched in October 2015. Close to 4,000 riders have used the City’s bike share program as a means of transportation, physical activity and leisure. Ridership numbers continue to increase thanks to the close proximity of the stations – which makes it a very realistic transportation option for its users. The B-stations are also within walking distance of McAllen Central Station located in downtown McAllen. “One million calories is an amazing feat for our City of McAllen residents and we are so pleased that they are taking advantage of the new B-cycle system,” said City Manager Roel “Roy” Rodriguez, P.E. “As a Let’s Move City it is important that residents are provided with the tools to live a healthy lifestyle.” The B-stations with the highest ridership are located at the McAllen Convention Center, Palms Crossing, and Fireman’s Park. With an estimated 27,000 miles of cycling, users have utilized the City’s streets and the hike & bike trails to connect from one B-station to another. The bike share program has proven to be an affordable, safe, healthy and eco-friendly way to get around the city. “We are excited to see the response of McAllen residents and visitors in using McAllen B-cycle. We look forward to seeing our young program grow by providing an attraction that promotes our positive image of a healthy, livable and sustainable city,” said, Mario Delgado McAllen Transit Director. Read more here.
Wednesday 04th May 2016

New OV Fiets in The Netherlands

The OV-fiets is a convenient rental bicycle to use for the last leg of your journey, for example to visit friends and family, go to the museum or attend a business lunch. What you need to know about the OV-fiets When you arrive at the station on the train, you can quickly rent an OV-fiets to cycle to your appointment. There are more than 250 rental locations: at many stations, at bus or tram stops, in several city centres and at P+R car parks. The OV-fiets gives you the freedom to choose where to go, when to depart and what route to take. So transfer to the OV-fiets too! The OV-fiets is a quick and healthy way to reach your final destination. You can rent an OV-fiets for 24 hours using your OV-fietsabonnement for just € 3,15 (from 1 January € 3,35) per ride from more than 250 locations at many train stations, bus and metro stops, a few city centres and at P+R car parks. The bicycles are stored in both supervised and unsupervised storage areas, or in self-service bicycle lockers or carrousels. This way you always have access to a bicycle, and can continue your journey. Read more here.
Wednesday 04th May 2016

Sharing schemes within the CIVITAS DYN@MO project

Sharing a vehicle, whether it’s a car or a bicycle, has many advantages such as saving money for the individual and improving the environment due to fewer vehicles on the road. In addition, it paves the way for multi-modal use of transport systems since the vehicle-sharing concept excels at high flexibility due to the independency of timetables and predetermined routes. Automated sharing systems can reliably be in operation year-round, day and night. Furthermore, the user freely chooses the fastest route to his destination not being bound to bus or train lines. In other words, a vehicle-sharing system adds customer value to the whole transport chain. The DYN@MO cities of Aachen, Gdynia, Koprivnica and Palma have been strongly committed – each city in its own way and own scale – to introducing and extending the usage of sharing schemes, with traditional bicycles, electric bicycles as well as with electric and hybrid cars. This brochure describes the partner cities’ practical experiences of their establishment of sharing schemes within the CIVITAS DYN@MO project. Read more here.
Tuesday 03rd May 2016

On Your Bike with UniBike in Debrecen Hungary

A new bike sharing system that is unique in the whole of Hungary has been established by Student Self-Government of the University of Debrecen on the campuses of our institution. As of March 30, there have been ninety university bikes fitted with GPS trackers at the disposal of students and faculty to make shuttling between the campuses located at Egyetem tér, Kassai út, Böszörményi út and Auguszta quicker and more environmentally friendly. “The geographically closest university bicycle hire system similar to ours is available at the University of Padova, the planning and establishment of which has been due to demands from the local student body,” said István Bognár, Vice President of Student Self-Government of the University of Debrecen (DEHÖK) at the inauguration ceremony which took place this past Friday. DEHÖK used HUF 35 million of its own resources to introduce the bike sharing scheme, for which Rector Zoltán Szilvássy congratulated to the students, adding that student welfare, in general, definitely comprised the chance to move around conveniently on university premises, too. Debrecen, he noted, is exactly the kind of city where everything is within easy riding distance for that matter.   Read more here and here.
Monday 02nd May 2016

New bike-share system rolls into College Park this week

College Park is launching its own bike-share system Wednesday, delivering on a long-delayed promise to expand the city’s bike infrastructure and make biking a bigger part of its transit network. The program, known as mBike, brings 125 bicycles to 14 stations within the city and the University of Maryland College Park campus. City officials say it complements efforts to make the area more bike-friendly and reduce traffic along the Route 1 corridor. Bike stations will be available at the College Park and Greenbelt Metro stations. Read more here.  
Monday 02nd May 2016

Atlanta opening bikeshare system soon

CycleHop and Social Bicycles are excited to announce that we are in the process of contracting with the City to bring you bike share—a new form of active transportation that is good for you and the environment. Soon residents and visitors will be able to access hundreds of public bicycles in Atlanta and use them to get to and from work, visit friends, dine and shop, or just for fun. Join the movement! Read more here.
Thursday 28th April 2016

How this Amsterdam inventor gave bike-sharing to the world

In the 1960s, Luud Schimmelpennink devised the ‘white bike’ plan to counter the rise of pollution and cars. His invention has revolutionised public transport all over the world – so why has his cycle-loving home city never embraced it? ‘It’s strange and unreasonable that Amsterdam doesn’t have a proper bike-sharing system,’ says Luud Schimmelpennink, who devised the first ever scheme. Take an old bicycle. Paint it white. Leave it anywhere in the city. Tell people to use it. This was the first urban bike-sharing concept in history. Launched in Amsterdam in the 1960s, it was called the Witte Fietsenplan (the “white bicycle plan”). And it was not a great success. In fact, the plan was just another wild initiative by which Provo, an infamous group of Dutch anarchist activists, wanted to provoke the establishment and change society. But eventually the idea would revolutionise public transport across the world. Nowadays, hundreds of cities have bike-sharing systems, and the phenomenon is still growing. The original idea was floated on a summer’s day in 1965 as Provo’s answer to the perceived threats of air pollution and consumerism. In the middle of Amsterdam, the activists painted a small number of used bikes white, and issued a pamphlet stating that “the white bike symbolises simplicity and hygiene as opposed to the gaudiness and filth of the authoritarian car”. The white bicycles were left unlocked around the city, to be used by anyone in need of transport. “I was inspired by what happened in 17th-century Amsterdam,” explains industrial engineer Luud Schimmelpennink. The inventor of the Witte Fietsenplan is now an energetic octogenarian with keen, blue eyes under bushy eyebrows, and who still lives – and cycles – in the Dutch capital. Read on here for much  more.
Wednesday 06th April 2016

Big Urbanization Trend Boosts Bike Share Systems

Global megacities from Guangzhou to Jakarta and Mexico City to New York are experiencing an unprecedented wave of growth that is putting intense pressure on existing transport systems. Cities will need proactive and innovative solutions to survive and thrive. One proven solution is bike-share. Today, the majority of the world’s population lives in cities, and this trend toward urbanization is expected to continue. By 2030, 6 out of every 10 people in the world will live in a city. Right now, China is pushing ahead with a far-reaching plan to move 250 million rural residents into cities. As said public bike-share systems offer a solution to cope with the growing need for (individual) transportation in cities. For instance, bike-share commuters in Washington, DC reduced the number of car miles driven by nearly 4.4 million last year. In addition to reducing congestion and commute times, bike-share improves air quality and provides an active mobility option. Read more here.
Wednesday 06th April 2016

E-Bike Share Schemes Start to Roll Out in UK with Government Funding

In 2015 the UK government made GBP 700,000 (€ 880,000) available to fund e-bike sharing projects across the UK. Spring 2016 sees the winning bidders start to roll out their schemes. Town centre e-bikes for short term use, e-bikes for tackling some of the UK’s steepest hills, specially adapted e-bikes for those with a disability, e-bikes for tourists and staff use at a tourist honeypot; all these and more were winning ideas awarded funding and their schemes are now starting to roll out across the UK. Philosophy Sustainable transport charity Carplus managed the bidding and awards process and their website sets out the philosophy behind it; “By supporting schemes in a range of different settings, the programme will gather evidence on which people, places and journeys are best served by shared electric bikes.” Bikeplus The schemes are also now part of Bikeplus, created to represent the UK’s bike share schemes (electric and non-electric). Sixteen UK towns and cities currently have bike share schemes with more on the way. It aims to collect usage data so it can help make bike share schemes more successful. Read more here.
Wednesday 06th April 2016

Nike Starts in Bikes at Portland’s Bike Share System

Biketown is the name of a new bike share system created by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). Interesting is that Nike bikes are for rent here. The US sporting goods giant which is headquartered close to Portland is the title sponsor of the bike share system. With the support of Nike Portland’s bike share system is to grow some 70% to 1,000 rental bikes, states PBOT. The agreement with Nike is valued at USD 10 million and has an initial term of five years. Trajectory of sustainable, long-term growth When the Portland City Council voted unanimously to create Portland Bike Share in September 2015, it authorized a system with 600 bikes. With Nike as title sponsor, the system will now launch with 1,000 bikes putting the system, “On a trajectory of sustainable, long-term growth,” is noted by PBOT. Read more here
Tuesday 05th April 2016

Transportation Authority Backpedals On Fullerton Bike Share Project

The Orange County Transportation Authority Monday cancelled a pilot bike share program in Fullerton after an analysis showed taxpayers were subsidizing the project to the tune of nearly $800 per bicycle ride. The Transportation Authority’s board voted unanimously to cancel the program, which was supposed to enhance first and last mile connections to the city’s train station. Before the vote, directors and staff described the program’s many shortcomings, which included: stations that didn’t work; clunky bicycles; and the lack of a large employer in Fullerton to provide riders. As a result, total checkouts averaged only 86 trips per month, or 1.2 per bicycle. Meanwhile, the Transportation Authority spent $700,000 in state and federal grant funds to prop up the system, which was only a year in operation, according to OCTA staff comments recorded in the December minutes of the board’s transit committee meeting. “This was a failure,” Director Tom Tait, who is also mayor of Anaheim, said at Monday’s meeting. “And not even close to making it.” Cities from New York to Boulder to Tel Aviv have implemented bike share programs, which usually amount to a chain of kiosks throughout the city where people can rent and return bicycles. They’re seen as helping to alleviate gridlock on city streets and increasing connectivity. Read more here.
Saturday 02nd April 2016

Donostia San Sebastián Bike Share System

Donostia-San Sebastian is seeing a constantly growing number of cycling trips in the city. To maintain this trend, the municipality introduced a public bike-sharing scheme. Donostia-San Sebastian sees the public bike sharing service as an indispensible next step to strengthen the city’s growing cycling culture. The goal of this measure was to increase the cycling culture by providing those who do not own a bicycle the opportunity to use this mode for their daily trips. In particular, it is expected that non-cyclists use the bike scheme for occasional unplanned trips and/or as an access mode to other transport services (intermodal trips). The main objective of the measure was to maintain the growing number of cycling trips in the city of Donostia San Sebastián. Read on here.
Saturday 02nd April 2016

Malaga Bike Share System

The city of Malaga already counts with a bicycle lanes network of around 30 km, but cycling represents just 0.4% within the total modal split. Nevertheless, due to the recent creation of the first bicycle lanes and parking network, it is forecasted a gradual increase of cyclists in the next years. The introduction of a public bicycle scheme will reinforce the current measures implemented by the municipality for cycling, contributing to promote bicycle as an alternative and competitive means of transport comparing with private motorized vehicles, and increasing the whole number of cyclists in the city. Read more here.
Thursday 31st March 2016

Bikeshare safer than riding personal bikes

Anyone who’s ever ridden a bikeshare bike can tell you: they are hardy, aluminum tanks on two wheels. But does that translate to an inherently safer experience on the street, especially when many casual riders are likely unfamiliar with a city’s bike infrastructure? A recent study from the Mineta Transportation Institute determined that yes, bikeshare systems in major metropolitan areas have low rates of collisions, and are in fact safer than riding a personal bike. The report, “Bikesharing and Bicycle Safety,” examined at data from three active bikeshare systems: Capital Bikeshare in Washington, D.C., Nice Ride in Minneapolis/St. Paul, and Bay Area Bike Share in the San Francisco Bay Area. Researchers also met with focus groups of bikeshare riders and non-members in San Francisco and San Jose to determine riders’ habits and perceptions, sought insight from road-safety experts, and analyzed crash data from the various operators and state transportation agencies in the three metropolitan areas. Read more here.
Thursday 24th March 2016

UK bike share schemes create representative body, Bikeplus

Bikeplus is a new representative body for the UK’s bike share schemes. Sixteen towns and cities have bike share schemes, with at least another four in development. Over 10 million trips were made by shared bikes in the UK in 2015. Antonia Roberts, Bikeplus manager, said: “Bike share schemes have been shown to improve urban mobility – reducing congestion and improving air quality, helping take pressure off over-crowded public transport routes and giving the travelling public a healthy, flexible way to get around. She added: “We’re seeing increased interest in towns and cities outside London following the great success of Santander Cycles. Local authorities want impartial advice about how to set up schemes so that they will be successful and maximise the benefits that bike share can bring.” Go to their webpage.
Friday 26th February 2016

Barriers to bikesharing: an analysis from Melbourne and Brisbane

This study quantifies the motivators and barriers to bikeshare program usage in Australia. An online survey was administered to a sample of annual members of Australia’s two bikeshare programs based in Brisbane and Melbourne, to assess motivations for joining the schemes. Non-members of the programs were also sampled in order to identify current barriers to joining bikeshare. Spatial analysis from Brisbane revealed residential and work locations of non-members were more geographically dispersed than for bikeshare members. An analysis of bikeshare usage in Melbourne showed a strong relationship between docking stations in areas with relatively less accessible public transit opportunities. The most influential barriers to bikeshare use related to motorized travel being too convenient and docking stations not being sufficiently close to home, work and other frequented destinations. The findings suggest that bikeshare programs may attract increased membership by ensuring travel times are competitive with motorized travel, for example through efficient bicycle routing and priority progression and, by expanding docking station locations, and by increasing the level of convenience associated with scheme use. Convenience considerations may include strategic location of docking stations, ease of signing up and integration with public transport. Read on here.
Thursday 18th February 2016


There’s a lot happening in the collaborative mobility market. High time for a congress that takes up this trend and creates a platform for the various players in this sector. That is precisely what the World Collaborative Mobility Congress “wocomoco” is doing, providing the sector an annual opportunity to exchange knowledge and experiences on the theme within a relaxed atmosphere. As a platform for themes involving every aspect of innovative, shared mobility, the Congress provides ‘food for thought’ and puts the theme under the public spotlight. The general aim is to promote new business ideas and create a solid foundation to provide recommendations for political courses of action. The date for the 4th World Collaborative Mobility Congress “wocomoco”, the international platform for innovative mobility solutions promoting the sharing of vehicles, rides and infrastructure, is set: wocomoco 2016 will be held on the 7th/8th September 2016 in Warsaw (Congress language: English). Read on here.
Tuesday 16th February 2016

Pedal power: London could soon have more cyclists than motorists on its streets

Londoners are aking to bicycles in record numbers. The number of commuters taking to bicycle in the city have tripled since 2000, while commuting by car has been cut in half. Since the turn of the century, London has seen the number of commuters traveling by bike triple from 12,000 daily commuters to 36,000. Jason Sayer of The Architect’s Newspaper reports that despite the growth, London still lags behind other European cities, including Madrid and Oslo, which have moved to limit automobile access to their city centers. However, as ridership grows better infrastructure is being built to meet demands for safety and access. Read more here.  
Monday 15th February 2016

Gobike starts in Rotterdam

Het lijkt er nu toch van de komen. Nederland krijgt een deelfietsproject. De start in Rotterdam is nog bescheiden met 150 fietsen, maar volgend jaar moeten dat er zo’n 450 zijn. De drie daarop volgende jaren verwacht Gobike te groeien tot 2.000 fietsen op ongeveer 150 locaties. De Gobike fietsen komen onder meer te staan bij musea en andere toeristische attracties en knooppunten van openbaar vervoer. Read more here.
Tuesday 09th February 2016

The Bike-Share Boom

Does it feel like suddenly, bike-share programs are everywhere? The seemingly simple concept has indeed swept across the globe in a matter of just a few years. This is the story of just how quickly a great idea can spread when combined with the right technology—and a few fateful bumps along the way. Visit this overview by BY SARAH GOODYEAR  
Tuesday 09th February 2016

Bikeplus in UK

Shared bicycles are increasingly becoming a key part of the transport framework for many local authorities alongside public transport and car share clubs. Bikeplus is a new representative body for bike share. Although bike share schemes are operated by the private sector, the public sector and some cases large employers and community groups, are responsible for many aspects of development. Bikeplus aims to support these groups to get the most out of this process. Bikeplus roles can be summarised into three key functions: Collect data to provide evidence of for the benefits of bike share schemes; Collecting and sharing information on: statistics on bike shares status in UK; good practise for setting up successful schemes developments overseas; Development of pioneering projects to ensure the social and environmental benefits are maximised and evenly spread, bikeplus-small For further information see our bike share page.  
Wednesday 03rd February 2016

Rotterdam gets Go-Bike

Read more here.
Monday 01st February 2016

Houston B-Cycle sponsored by Coca-Cola 

Houston Bike Share and Coca-Cola have partnered to bring free 24 Hour Passes on Friday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 27. Promo code “2527” can be redeemed at any of the 29 Houston B-cycle stations to check-out a bike on either or both days. “We are fortunate to have Coca-Cola sponsor the free days,” said Will Rub, Executive Director of Houston Bike Share. “This is a great opportunity for those who are not familiar with Houston B-cycle to use one of our bikes and experience the program.” Astros fans will be able to take advantage of the free days and bike to game. Users can park close to a B-cycle station and save on parking fees. A virtual station will be setup on the Crawford Street side of the stadium on both days. Anyone who uses a B-cycle can check their bike in before the game and check-out a bike after the game to return to their vehicle. “Houston Coca-Cola is excited to partner with Houston B-cycle to help Houstonians get active while exploring our great city,” said Rick Kehr, Vice President and General Manager of Coca-Cola Refreshments in Houston. “This weekend’s free ride promotion is a great opportunity for Astros fans to use Houston B-cycle to get to Minute Maid Park to cheer on the Astros at their final regular season home series.” Read more here.
Wednesday 27th January 2016

The transformation of Tel Aviv: how cycling got cool in Israel’s hippest city

When four Israeli cyclists suggested to the Tel Aviv city council in 1994 that it might be a clever idea to promote the bicycle as a new mode of transport, they were met with laughter. “They were told that cycling was something for third world nations,” says Yotam Avizohar, director of the Israel Bicycle Association. “The council official said: ‘Tel Aviv is a modern city. We only promote sophisticated transport solutions. Very soon we will have a light rail system.’” Undeterred, the cyclists gave it another try and approached a council official who they knew to be a cyclist himself. “This time, they were told that cycling was something for European countries. The man said: ‘Israel is a Middle-Eastern country and Israelis are addicted to their cars or to their camels.’ He didn’t see how it could ever be changed.” More than 20 years later, the realisation of the Tel Aviv light rail system is still a very long way off. But cycling has definitely become the new mode of transport in the city. Everywhere you go in Tel Aviv, you see people on bikes, and most of them aren’t wearing any special gear. In Israel’s hippest city, cycling is the hippest way to get around. Read more here.
Tuesday 19th January 2016

Train operator and cycling advocates agree cooperation (Italy)

Italy’s largest train operator, Trenitalia, and the Italian Federation of Friends of the Bicycle (FIAB) have agreed to work together to allow cyclists to travel more easily by rail. The two organisations have set up a joint working group, which is accompanied by investments by Trenitalia for cyclists travelling on their trains. This includes more space for bicycles in train carriages and the refurbishment of 180 train stations to make them accessible to cyclists. Through their cooperation, Trenitalia and FIAB are supporting the development of sustainable mobility throughout Italy, and particularly the possibility to combine sustainable transport modes in one journey. Read more here.
Tuesday 19th January 2016

Providing open-source multi-modal travel information in Milan (Italy)

The availability of high-quality real-time and properly processed data is essential for an electronic multi-modal transport planner, which can help travellers make better decisions regarding the choice of their transport. After 36 months of research, development and large-scale trials, the EU co-funded SUPERHUB project unveiled an open-source platform for PC and mobile applications, able to plan customised urban routes, combining real-time data from the public and private sector. The city of Milan (Italy) was one of three pilot cities where the technology was tested. Read more here.
Tuesday 19th January 2016

Creating a comfortable intermodal transport hub in Clermont-Ferrand (France)

With about 3.5 m travellers passing through the railway station in Clermont-Ferrand in central France, it is undoubtedly the city’s most important transport hub. The city decided, however, that the improvement of its connections with other forms of transport was essential. In its 2011 urban mobility plan Clermont-Ferrand  outlined ways to further develop these exchanges.  The project was completed  in January 2015 after nearly 2 years of work. The station now includes direct, accessible and safe links between local and regional public transport, a bike-sharing depot and a taxi rank right outside the entrance. Read more here.
Tuesday 15th December 2015

Halifax bike share system: extending the “reach” of pedestrians

This document gives insight how to approach a bike share project as a city. Some elements: Multiple operating structures exist, such as: Non-profit, Privately owned and operated, direct contract with operator, transit owned and operated, administrative non-profit with private operator. For the purposes of this pre-feasibility analysis, a non-profit operating structure was chosen due to the frequency at which it has been used for other bike share systems throughout North America. A non-profit would be formed to manage and operate the bike share system. Read more here.
Monday 14th December 2015

The Bike-Share Planning Guide from ITDP

Bike-share has taken many forms over the course of its development, from free bikes left for a community to use at will to more technologically advanced and secure systems. In every iteration, the essence of bike-share remains simple: anyone can pick up a bike in one place and return it to another, making point-to-point, human- powered transportation feasible. Today, more than 600 cities around the globe have their own bike-share systems, and more programs are starting every year. The largest systems are in China, in cities such as Hangzhou and Shanghai. Read more here.
Thursday 10th December 2015

A Holistic Guide to Shared Mobility

As shared mobility options continue to emerge and evolve, there is a lack of clarity regarding what services exist and how these services impact our urban environments. UC Berkeley’s TSRC (Transportation Sustainability Research Center) recently developed a holistic guide that compares and contrasts these services. Please find our latest blog post featuring the holistic guide to shared mobility at: You can also find the full paper on this topic, which was written for a sustainability and technologies workshop on Shared Mobility sponsored and co-hosted by Caltrans in September 2015 at:
Thursday 03rd December 2015

Coca-Cola Zero Belfast Bikes

Welcome to the Coca-Cola Zero Belfast Bikes scheme. We now have 33 docking stations located across the city centre, providing a low cost, convenient way to travel about. Just register as a casual user or annual subscriber and the first 30 minutes of each trip is free! Got a question? contact us at Your benefits Belfast Bikes are available to rent 365 days a year from 6am to midnight. It’s easy to rent a bike – use the station kiosk, the nextbike app, or call the hotline. You can return your bike at any official Belfast Bikes docking station. You can rent up to four Belfast Bikes at the same time. As nextbike is the Belfast Bikes provider, our members can rent bikes from all nextbike schemes worldwide (local usage charges apply). Read more here.
Wednesday 04th November 2015

How Cities Can Harness the Benefits of Shared Mobility

Sharon Feigon is the executive director of the Shared-Use Mobility Center, a national public interest organization working to foster collaboration in shared mobility and extend its benefits for all. Communities both large and small have begun to use shared mobility combined with transit as an effective tool to cut auto congestion and emissions, provide first and last-mile connections, and expand access to jobs and a better quality of life for their residents. As these new services proliferate, however, city governments have also found themselves playing catch-up as they try to manage their growth and balance varied goals such as preserving safety, ensuring equitable service and allocating parking and use of curb space. To address these issues, the Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) recently convened a unique cross-section of public sector transportation leaders, private sector innovators and community representatives in Chicago for the 2015 national shared mobility summit Move Together. The summit’s 500 attendees included mayors, transit agency officials and department of transportation executives from across the USA. Read more here.
Wednesday 04th November 2015

Lehigh University unveils new bike-sharing program

University Transportation and Parking Services this month announced a bike-sharing program that will allow anyone with a Lehigh ID to share the use of one of 10 cruiser-style bikes for a $15 yearly fee. Lehigh is partnering with Zagster, a leading provider of bike-sharing services, to bring the new, sustainable transportation option to campus. Robert Bruneio, manager of transportation services at Lehigh, said that collaboration with the Office of Sustainability throughout the past few years prompted efforts to bring in programs and projects that support Lehigh University’s goals toward a more sustainable campus. Lehigh currently has a car-sharing program and a ride-pooling program, Bruneio says. “So why not bring in a bike-sharing program too,” he says. “Good things come in threes…and these are certainly three really good options for everyone on campus.” Students will be able to take the bikes out in four-hour increments. Riders sign up by downloading the Zagster Mobile App. To use the app, riders enter the unique ID number found on the bike they wish to use. An access code for the lock box is provided. All bikes come with a flexible lock that riders can use throughout the duration of their rental and lock and unlock the bike anywhere along their trip. For out-of-state students whose homes are more than a few hours away, like Sydney Bagley, a senior marketing major from Chattanooga, Tennessee, the bike-share program is a cheap alternative to shipping a bike from home, or buying a new one. “There was a need for a bike-sharing program on campus,” Bagley says. ‘It’s a great way to explore the city of Bethlehem.” Instead of driving to class or a meeting, she suggests renting one of the bikes instead. “It promotes a more sustainable community.” Students aren’t the only ones who will benefit from the program. “Lehigh bike sharing is for all community members, not just students,” she said. Regarding the number of bikes available, Bruneio said Lehigh is planning to add more bikes in the future. “You can take the bikes to the rail trail or the Greenway [rails-to-trails park]. You can take it over to the city or the North side across the bridge and visit Main Street. There is a lot of potential for the program to be successful. We are hoping to add bikes along the way as we go.” Bruneio is excited about the partnership with Zagster too. “With all the programs in place, our students have the best opportunities of transportation options. We want to give students as many options as we can to make their careers at Lehigh that much better, and I think the partnership with Zagster is another item we have to do that.” – See more at: 
Monday 02nd November 2015

Budapest bicycle share system BUBI explained in detail

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Monday 02nd November 2015

Padua: over 10.000 bicycles marked!

On Wednesday, 7th October 2015, at the occasion of the extraordinary service performed at the University of Padua, the owner of the marked bicycle number 10000 has been awarded by the Mobility Councillor Stefano Grigoletto. The marking of he bicycles and the contextual bike sharing promotion is part of Velocittà campaign.The winner, an University student, was proud to wear a fantastic helmet received as award.
Wednesday 28th October 2015

VeloCitta meeting in Szeged

The meeting took place October 27-28 and was a live news item on local TV
Sunday 25th October 2015

Southwark has new Brompton Bike Share

A Brompton is the perfect bicycle for the city. It folds down to a portable, practical size so can be taken on other forms of public and private transport. It can also be taken inside (homes, offices, bars) so it is a lot less likely to be stolen. Its ride position and agility are more than a match for conventional bicycles. Small wheels mean fast acceleration from red lights and increased maneuverability through busy streets. It is tough and can take everything the city throws at it, every day. A steel frame, efficient and puncture resistant tyres, handmade with high build quality and a design that has been refined over 25 years means Brompton bikes provide years of regular city use and beyond. Register to get started, you will then be able to reserve a bike online or by text message before collecting it from one of over 24 docks across the UK. Once you have your Brompton you can take it to work, take it home, you can even take it on trains, buses and the overground at peak times. Why not try taking away with you for the weekend? Our bikes can be folded under your desk at work, taken into meetings, taken home or folded into the boot of your car for longer journeys. You can keep the bike for as long as you need it, simply reserve a bay and return it to any public dock once you are done. This how it works . View the video here.
Thursday 15th October 2015

Bike Sharing System in Seoul; 20.000 in 2020

After the big announcement about a new, city-wide public bicycle sharing system last year, we have seen very little about the news about the system. Now stations for the public bike sharing system were set up and it is going to be run a trial from September 19 to October 14. The official opening of the service to the public is October 15. Thanks to Philip for the tip about the sudden appearance of stations! He posted pictures about the new system in the Kojects Forum and gave me many helpful information. It made me curious and so I begun to work on this post and visited Sinchon to get a sneak peek at the new public bike sharing system in Seoul.The city published in August a 585-page master plan about the bicycle infrastructure. I knew that the bicycle department of Seoul was very busy but 585 pages, wow! It begins with an examination of the existing bicycle infrastructure and introduces then all details of the bicycle plan. Currently, there are a total of 733.4km bike lanes. 124.4km are bike-only lanes and the large majority (600.2km) are shared paths between cyclists and pedestrians. Read more here.
Tuesday 13th October 2015

Should bike helmets be compulsory? Lessons from Seattle and Amsterdam

Every day, Elizabeth Kiker cycles to her work through the streets of Seattle. As the executive director of a big bicycle club, she wants to show people that you don’t need fancy gear to ride a bike – so she rides in her skirt and office shoes. But she does wear a helmet. If she didn’t, she would risk a $102 (€90) fine. Five thousand miles to the east, Marco te Brömmelstroet cycles to his job as director of the Urban Cycling Institute of the University of Amsterdam. The wind is blowing freely through his hair. “Cycling without a helmet is something I take for granted, I never give it any thought,” he says. “But it does amplify the feeling of ultimate freedom.” In Amsterdam, adults don’t wear helmets while riding city bikes – they don’t even consider it an option. Helmets are mainly worn by tourists and expats, whom the Dutch regard with bemusement, even ridicule. They know their country is a very safe place to ride a bike: in the Netherlands, the number of cyclists killed per travelled mile is the lowest in the world. Read on here.
Monday 12th October 2015

Bike Sharing in the northernmost capital of the EU: Helsinki

The Finnish capital Helsinki will see the start of a brand new bike sharing scheme from early summer 2016 onwards. The initial fleet will have 500 city bikes and 50 bike stations. The aim is that the bike fleet will consist of 1500 bikes and 150 stations in 2017. Helsinki City Transport’s city bike scheme is now at the stage of assessing offers by three possible service providers. The first consortium is made up of Nevia Oy and Nextbike GmbH. The second one pools together Clear Channel Finland, Smoove SAS, Moventia and Helkama. The third consortium is joined by Suomen kaupunkiautot Oy (City Car Club), Tracetel SA and Unicom Consulting Oy. The board of Helsinki City Transport decides on the service provider in October-November. A part of the procurement process is to evaluate the usability of the city bike systems proposed by the potential service providers. In the evaluation, impartial users rate the bikes offered by the providers. The evaluations given by the user groups will be scored and will count towards the final procurement decision. Bringing a city bike system to Helsinki supports the city’s vision of enlarging the share of biking within the public transport system.Bike sharing is a citizen-centred effort and the experiences of users are therefore a key element in the procurement process. Cyclists can use the new system after registering with their Helsinki Region Transport travel card. The system is meant to complement the collective public transport chain. Read more here.
Wednesday 30th September 2015

Fostering cycling in city centers via public bike sharing systems: Bupapest

Transportation solutions must be integrated into the objectives of urban planning in order to support the sustainable development of cities. In doing so, less pollutive transport modes such as walking, cycling and public transport must be readily available. The transport system is one of the most essential components of the City of Kocaeli’s infrastructure; its development determines the future of the city. Integrating public transportation with walking and cycling is no longer a secondary solution, but rather the optimum solution for urban mobility in Kocaeli. For this reason, Kocaeli collaborated with Budapest through this project to study implementation scenarios and provide capacity building and technical support for the implementation of cycle lanes and bike sharing systems. The project is structured into three main activities. First, needs and gaps are identified via kick-off and face-to-face meetings in Kocaeli in collaboration with EMBARQ Turkey and KOBIS (Kocaeli Public Bike Sharing Program) Operator Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality. Second, knowledge is gained by KBB during a technical visit to Budapest. Lastly a benchmarking study with KBB officials and the EMBARQ Turkey team was conducted during a technical visit to Kocaeli’s city center. The EMBARQ Turkey team completed road safety inspections of existing cycle lanes and locations of public bike sharing stations. It is seen that, both cities developed cycling infrastructure and public bike sharing systems within their city centers according to the urban transportation strategy plans and goals. In Kocaeli some parts of the network were missing and opposite to the MOL Bubi (Budapest Public Bike Sharing Program) system, KOBIS is mainly utilized for recreational purposes. The project revealed that cycling networks should be designed as a coherent system to enable safe travel for all cyclists. In addition, bike sharing systems should be more accessible and integrated into the roadway network. Read more here.
Wednesday 16th September 2015

4th generation bikeshare

Bike-sharing app company Spinlister is teaming up with Dutch urban bike maker Van Moof to create a hire bike scheme it says will take the traditional Boris Bike-style hire bike system and “turn it on its head”. Instead of hiring bikes owned by municipalities from central locations, bikes on Spinlister’s system will be owned by individuals and can be scattered around a town so they’re in useful locations, It’s less like Boris Bikes and more like Zip Car. Spinlister is a service based around a smartphone app that allows you find a bike to rent if you’re in an unfamiliar town, to offer up a bike for rent if you’ve a spare usually gathering dust. It’s a nice community-spirited idea, but it’s hard to get involved as a renter if you don’t have a suitable bike. Many big cities have started bikeshare projects, still most of the cities lack a person to person bike sharing app, which is becoming the next generation bike sharing system. There is a growing number of apps that make it possible for cyclists who own spare bikes (no matter how old are they) to share with others and opens the possibility to find a bike to ride in cities without bikesharing systems. Some of the apps that are available are AirDonkey, Spinlister, CycleSwap. Read more here.
Monday 31st August 2015

More Funds for Growing Cycling Announced at Advocacy Summit

At the Advocacy Summit in Friedrichshafen it was announced that the ECF/Cycling Industry Club has received a 2 million euro subsidy from the European Commission. The money is to be spent on an in-depth research study of the effects that cycling has on urban mobility and city-congestion.According to Cycling Industry Club development director Kevin Mayne the outcome of the study could trigger more subsidies for growing the use of bicycles and e-bikes in and around cities. He said that the European Commission has earmarked some 2 billion euro for cycling investment from EU funds. At the Advocacy Summit also new members of the Cycling Industry Club were welcomed. 7 new members have signed up. They are Extra Energy, Flanders Bike Valley, Lease Rad Germany, DHS Romania, Eurasia Bike Fair, Turkey and Manufacture Française du Cycle. With the new 7 members the Cycling Industry Club now has 39 members. Read more in Bike Europe and in Velo Mondial’s Blog.
Wednesday 15th July 2015

Finally work progresses on a EU Roadmap for Cycling

On July 8th, Polis together with other EU stakeholders published an open letter to the Members of the European Parliament to vote in favour of a EU Roadmap for cycling. This resulted in a positive vote by almost all MEP during the vote in Transport Committee on July 14th. While voting for their report on the White Paper on Transport, the members of the Committee on Transport and Tourism decided that an EU Roadmap for Cycling would be an apt instrument to further EU transport policy objectives. The Roadmap should assimilate and align the current initiatives of the different Directorates-General of the Commission, in addition to allowing for the formation of further policy measures conducive to a modal shift towards cycling. Think Tank EU Roadmap for Cycling Apart from said Roadmap, the MEPs also stressed the need for the collection of better data on European transport users, especially as regards walking and cycling. Completing the established legislative framework for passenger rights was also voted on, and it was emphasized that bicycle carriage on trains should be facilitated. Read more here.
Monday 13th July 2015

VanMoof & Spinlister: Rocking the boat of bike share

Bike-sharing app company Spinlister is teaming up with Dutch urban bike maker Van Moof to create a hire bike scheme it says will take the traditional Boris Bike-style hire bike system and “turn it on its head”. Instead of hiring bikes owned by municipalities from central locations, bikes on Spinlister’s system will be owned by individuals and can be scattered around a town so they’re in useful locations, It’s less like Boris Bikes and more like Zip Car. Spinlister is a service based around a smartphone app that allows you find a bike to rent if you’re in an unfamiliar town, to offer up a bike for rent if you’ve a spare usually gathering dust. It’s a nice community-spirited idea, but it’s hard to get involved as a renter if you don’t have a suitable bike. To solve that problem, and take the idea up a level, in late summer 2015, Spinlister will start shipping a bike from Van Moof that’s specifically designed for the job, with built-in technology that allow it to be left anywhere, ready for hire. The new bikes, which took six months to develop, will initially be rolled out in Portland, Oregon, creating the city’s first working bike-share program.Spinlister users will own the bikes and make them available to rent via the Spinlister website and app. Read more here.
Saturday 11th July 2015

Issues regarding Bike Share planning

Dr Elliot Fishman’s team is composed of leading researchers, including: Bike share planners, Transport economists with specialist skill in walking and cycling assessment, Demand forecasters, Qualitative researchers, Large scale transport survey specialists, Digital engagement specialists, for community consultation on transport and planning issues, GIS analysts Technical writing staff focused on transport and planning. Read more here.
Saturday 11th July 2015

Webinar on Bike Share by Dr. Elliot Fishman

Facilitated by Dr Elliot Fishman, this webinar will cover: Half a century of bike share: from humble beginnings to mega systems of over 80,000 bikes. How bike share use varies between cities. Bike share gone wrong: what happened in the cities with poorly used bike share programs and what can we learn from them? The critical motivating factors for bike share users. Mode substitution and why it’s essential to bike share evaluation. Bike share impacts on car use, safety and physical activity. Elements of success: critical design features to optimise bike share impact. See the webinar here.
Wednesday 08th July 2015

Chicago rolls out $5-per-year bike sharing program for low-income residents

Chicago certainly has its problems, but its bike-share program, Divvy, is a trophy for the city: it’s wildly popular, shares hardware with many of the world’s major bike-share systems, it’s substantially backed by public funding, and it has more stations than any other American program (including New York’s Citi Bike). Now, Chicago is hoping to bring Divvy to a wider audience with today’s announcement of “Divvy for Everyone,” a discounted annual membership of just $5 for qualified applicants — that’s $70 off the normal price. (Citi Bike also offers a discounted annual membership, but it’s still $60.) Cities haven’t done a good job ensuring equal opportunity to take advantage of the explosion of bike sharing programs over the last decade: usage trends overwhelmingly white, male, and well-off, due in part to station placement and in part to pricing. $5 per year should put membership within reach of just about everyone. Applicants’ households must bring in less than 300 percent of the federal poverty level, which would start at $35,310 for an individual with no children. Read more here.
Tuesday 02nd June 2015

Spinning in Szeged

Message from our colleague Vivien: I would like to introduce our new advertisement/campaign: It’s absolutely local: – was recorded in front of the main library – thy cyclist arrived to the docking station from a lovely pub (next to the University) – the music is from a really famous Hungarian group and the singer was born in Szeged Enjoy! Hope you will like it! Greetings: Vivien
Wednesday 27th May 2015

Dimensioning of a Bike Sharing System in Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico

The reported success in the implementation of sustainable transportation systems has generated great expectations at international level on the subject of urban planning. Particularly, Bike Sharing Systems (BSS) have been adapted successfully in places where it has identified a large proportion of short trips and characteristic geospatial conditions. This work is part of a project in Nezahualcoyotl in Mexico, where socioeconomic conditions in the area, the adherence of its society to this transportation mode as well as the urban trace and physical conditions favor the adoption of a BSS. This paper presents the methodology used to carry out the design and dimensioning of such system. The process involves: an optimal stations location modeling and a discrete simulation process for determining the ideal number of bicycles and the number of parking lots per station. This work focuses on the knowledge of the potential user preferences regarding their travel patterns and the computation of its utilization probability either replacing a motorized mode trip or as a link in a journey that involves transfers with more transportation modes. Read full text here.
Tuesday 26th May 2015

Meeting with the politician and senior management of Krakow

The third VeloCittà project meeting took place in the center of Krakow, Poland and was hosted by the Municipality of Krakow. The main focus of the meeting was to work on the ongoing topics and discuss on the way forward. But mainly the meeting was about sharing information across the different sites. Mr Lukasz Szewczyk, the director of the Municipal Services Department gives an interesting presentation on Krakow’s sustainable transport situation. Krakow organized two big meetings with important stakeholders; Kraków will focus on residents, tourists and students as main target groups. They organized several face- to face meetings with stakeholders. An initial concept for first campaign steps was worked out together in the meetings. Closer cooperation with some universities and districts was initiated. Further stakeholders meetings foreseen in April 2015. Mr Marcin Wojcik introduced the Krakow Bike Sharing Scheme. By Friday the 27th of March the new system is operational. For the last 7 years each year a new operator re-launches the scheme. This scheme now has 300 bikes and 34 stations. The whole system is the property of the municipality. In 2016 and 2017 the current system will be hugely expanded. On the picture you see from left to right: Mr. Adam Migdał – city councillor Mr. Dariusz Niewitała, Senior Specialist in the Municipal Services Department of the City of Krakow Mr. Łukasz Szewczyk Deputy Director of the Municipal Services Department of the City of Krakow Ms. Joanna Majdecka – Junior Specialist in the Municipal Services Department of the City of Krakow
Monday 18th May 2015


  12 April 2015 – Prato della Valle – Padova – from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. In  April  the Padua Municipality organized a  Bicycle Festival with the theme –  Energy for life. It was an initiative that involved promoting cycling to  everyone The relevance of the festival was characterized by three major events: –       The principles and values of EXPO 2015 (Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life) – from which the Municipality of Padua has been sponsored for this event (May 1 to October 31 in Milan, which will have extraordinary significance for Italy; –       ExpoBici 2015, a  PadovaFiere event will be held at the Padua Exhibition in September 19 to 21; –       Launch of the European Challenge Cycling in 2015, 1-31 May, which will involve citizens in comparison with other European cities in a challenge cycling to go to work, to school, to shopping, sharing a passion for the bike. The festival took place on Sunday, April 12, 2015 and was   organised  by the Municipality with the support of associations and operators. The contents of the cycling and sustainable mobility event –  the main theme of the festival – were perfectly linked to EXPO 2015 which has the theme of “feeling the planet, energy for life”- That’s why Padua, through the Bicycle Festival, enthusiastically planned to take part in  EXPO 2015, so as to spread its values in its area , for the benefit of the development of the entire country system. At  this event, the Mobility Councellor Stefano Grigoletto, wanted to demonstrate once again his  belief in the use of bicycle, not only by funding for bicycle lanes but also promoting initiatives such as the Bicycle Festival itself. In order to promote Padua bike sharing, grateful to  those citizens who makes it a constant and everyday choice of transport,  our Mobility  Concillor cycled the Padua bike sharing bicycles, traditional bike and also the e-bike.
Also the Deputy Mayor Eleonora Mosco wanted to cycle  the fantastic red  bike sharing bicycle of Padua!
Monday 18th May 2015

Partnership in Padua

The Padua Bike share scheme has already made great progress in 2015 and is planning more. They started the year by holding a bike festival in mid-April using the theme of “feeling the planet, energy for life”.  This was given strong political support with the City Mobility Councillor Stefano Grigoletto attending and not only using the traditional bike, but also the new e-bike. He was so keen on the scheme he wanted a membership card immediately. Also the Deputy Mayor Eleonora Mosco tried out the fantastic red bike sharing bicycle of Padua (photo?). In May, the city will take part in the European Cycling Challenge 2015 (ECC). This involves citizens across Europe using a bicycle to go to work, school, shopping, sharing a passion for the bike and comparing the results with other cities. It runs for the whole of May and lots of cities all across Europe are already signed up – is yours? There is still time – see info here The Bicycle Office of Padua also recently held an event for students at the city university – these are the main clients for the BS system. It was a fantastic occasion to promote Padua Bike Sharing and the ECC 2015 – research had showed that only 20% of them had previously known about BS or ECC. With more than 80% of commuters interested in using a bicycle more often, Padua is also planning an extension to the city bike sharing system with three more parking stations funded by the Veneto Region. Promoting bike use in Padua works on the partnership principle. The city administration has worked with Bicincitta, a private bike share company for almost four years to promote and provide the BS system in the city, see info here . As you can see from the photo (my one taken in Krakow), Loretta Marini and Paola Bellocchio make a very good team.
Monday 18th May 2015

London changes gear in 2015

The London bike share scheme, started in 2010, now has a new sponsor, Spanish-owned Santander. The bank, which will pay €61m (£43.75m) over seven years, beat competition from a number of businesses in a bidding process which required potential sponsors to match cash offers with promises to support the scheme’s growth and engage with users. Transport for London (TfL) will receive €8.7m (£6.25m) a year in each of the seven years plus a €1.4m (£1m) yearly ‘activation fund’ to promote Santander Cycles and reach new customers through rewards, offers and incentives. Already the new red coloured bikes, nicknamed ‘Boris Bikes’ after the Mayor, are appearing on the streets of London (photo) and the changeover will be complete in July 2015. There will also be a new simplified charging system moving away from a graduated cost system to a flat fee based on time,  which it’s hoped will be easier to understand. VeloCitta project partners, the London boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth are working closely with TfL to ensure that the new system is even more successful in the future. The two inner London boroughs have a mix of bike users: employees, students and residents and the challenge is to ensure the scheme works for all types of Londoners and for visitors too. Councillor Mark Williams, Southwark’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport said ”xxxxxxx”. Councillor Williams from Southwark: In Southwark we have a clear target to more than double cycling over the next ten years. The benefits of cycling are clear with improved public health, less congestion, better air quality and improved public spaces for everyone. Cycle hire plays an important part in increasing cycling and we welcome the new initiatives being taken by Santander, we are keen to see cycle-hire expand further into our borough so that more of our residents from all backgrounds can benefit from using them regularly.”  The scheme has about 165,000 registered users and Santander hopes to grow bike usership with a number of exciting ideas, such as a developing a world-first Cycles app allowing people to control the whole experience from the palm of their hand, appointing ‘cycle champions’ in each bank branch who’ll be trained to help people get involved and running Festivals of Cycling all over the capital.
Wednesday 29th April 2015

How does segmentation make campaigns more effective?

The “Love to Ride” programme has received the Landmark designation for sustainable transportation from Tools of Change in Canada. The designation recognizes programs and social marketing approaches considered to be among the most successful in the world. “Love to Ride” is a workplace cycling programme that uses ‘stage of change’ to segment participants and cost-effectively tailor communications with them. By targeting information and tools specific to individual users, participants are moved along a personal journey of change. Also innovative are its use of mobile platforms like cell phones and tablets to reach the right people with the right information at the right time. Originally developed in New Zealand, “Love to Ride” has now been replicated in continental Europe, the UK, US and Australia. In 2015, the Love to Ride programme will be expanded further across the US, UK and into Continental Europe. Read more about “Love to Ride” MARKETING STRATEGIES / BRANDING AWARENESS RAISING CAMPAIGN
Tuesday 28th April 2015

Open Streets – A New Event for London

On the 30th of May, Great Suffolk Street and surrounding streets in Southwark will be closed to motorised traffic and will become open, accessible public space. Walkers, cyclists, and all other forms of human-powered traffic will be able to cross the streets freely, enjoying the space that was previously the preserve of cars and trucks. It’s an idea that first started in Colombia in 1976.  It caught people’s imagination, and it’s now a regular occurrence –one Sunday a month, and on some holidays, huge amounts of the capital, Bogota, as well as other cities around the country are cleared of all traffic and millions of people take to the streets to walk, cycle, rollerblade, dance, play games, or simply sit and enjoy the peace and the space afforded by the absence of motor-vehicles. Read more here.
Tuesday 28th April 2015

Southwark cycling strategy

Whether or not you cycle, Southwark wants you to tell them what they can do to make cycling in Southwark better. Your comments will help them understand how they can improve cycling in the borough and how to get more people cycling. Have your say and go into the prize draw to win one of three vouchers worth £100.  Your comments will inform our strategy and how we unlock our network. The Cycling Strategy will be adopted by the council in March 2015. To share your views and for a chance of winning one of three £100 vouchers please complete the online questionnaire. Terms and conditions apply. A hard copy of the survey can also be requested by emailing or by phoning 020 7525 5471. All comments must be received by Sunday, 1 February 2015. Read more here.
Tuesday 28th April 2015

All you can learn today about bike share systems

The number of cities offering bikeshare has increased rapidly, from just a handful in the late 1990s to over 800 currently (note:VM estimates 600). This paper provides a review of recent bikeshare literature. Several themes have begun to emerge from studies examining bikeshare. Convenience is the major motivator for bikeshare use. Financial savings has been found to motivate those on a low income and the distance one lives from a docking station is an important predictor for bikeshare membership. In a range of countries, it has been found that just under 50% of bikeshare members use the system less than once a month. Men use bikeshare more than women, but the imbalance is not as dramatic as private bike riding (at least in low cycling countries). Commuting is the most common trip purpose for annual members. Users are less likely than private cyclists to wear helmets, but in countries with mandatory helmet legislation, usage levels have suffered. Bikeshare users appear less likely to be injured than private bike riders. Future directions include integration with e-bikes, GPS (global positioning system), dockless systems and improved public transport integration. Greater research is required to quantify the impacts of bikeshare, in terms of mode choice, emissions, congestion and health. Read on here.
Friday 17th April 2015

Why do bike share schemes reduce injuries for all cyclists?

New research suggests bike share schemes lead to a dramatic and rapid fall in injuries for all cyclists, not just bike share riders. Is it due to the “safety in numbers” effect or something else? It is every researchers greatest fear: getting it wrong and getting found out. That’s what happened this week to researchers who published findings supposedly showing the risk of head injury increased for all cyclists when cities introduced bike share schemes. Read on here.
Thursday 09th April 2015

London Cycling Design Standards

London Cycling Design Standards; click here.  
Sunday 22nd March 2015

The demise and rebirth of cycling in Britain

Britain once had a strong cycling culture. It faded. People voted with their wallets and their feet and swapped two wheels for four. The Netherlands, famously, was able to reduce the monochrome encroachment of car culture by also building for people on bicycles. It helped that the Netherlands was already the top cycling nation in the world by 1911 – the Dutch simply never lost their love for the bicycle. The installation of the exemplary infrastructure from the mid-1970s onwards was enabled thanks to this national identification with a form of transportation that, for the Dutch, has always been egalitarian and normal but became maligned – and ignored – in much of the rest of the world. Read more here.  
Friday 13th March 2015

A true revolution in bike sharing

Equipped with Bluetooth and GSM technologies, the new generation VANMOOF bikes has attracted the attentions of Silicon Valley. VANMOOF technology is at the heart of Spinlister, a revolutionary new bike-share scheme that’s being launched in the city of Austin, Texas during the 2015 South by Southwest Festival (13-22 March). Imagine being able to locate and rent a state-of-the-art bicycle using just your smartphone, anywhere in the world. Spinlister is a radical departure from all other bike sharing schemes to date. There is no hub or station where bicycles have to be collected or returned. Renters simply locate, book and unlock privately-owned bikes using the Spinlister mobile app. In doing so, they avoid back-and-forth communication with owners, or having to plan trips around fixed-location bicycle hub stations. It’s a new, intuitive and user-friendly system that’s possible thanks to the groundbreaking features of the latest commuter bikes from VANMOOF. Boasting GSM and Bluetooth technologies, these VANMOOF bikes are able to communicate with the Spinlister app. Together, they make to make finding and renting a bicycle convenient and enjoyable. Read more here.
Thursday 05th March 2015

Buenos Aires

March in Buenos Aires marks the roll out of the city’s newest bike share program. Building off a small, manual system from 2010, the new Ecobici features an expanded coverage area, 24-hour service, and 200 new automated stations. Ecobici users are expected to take nearly 36,000 daily trips and over a million trips a year. The system gives Porteños new options for transit, and complements Buenos Aires’ significant investment in bike lanes over the past several years. Along with new pedestrian projects, rapidly improving biking amenities, and increased public transit, Ecobici is a cornerstone of Buenos Aires’ vision for a future of strong sustainable transit. Read on here.  
Saturday 14th February 2015

Lanzhou, China’s Bike Share Expands to BRT Corridor

Six months after the system opened, Lanzhou, China’s bike share program has met its goal of extending coverage to the city’s BRT corridor. One of China’s best bike shares, the system has impressed city residents with its convenience, accessibility, and comfort. The system has been rapidly adding stations and bikes since opening, improving network coverage and density. The latest expansions, which surround the BRT corridor, have the added benefit of allowing easy transfers between transit modes. Popular and simple to use, the Lanzhou bike share is making it easier to avoid car use. The capital of Gansu Province and a highly visible Western Chinese city, Lanzhou launched its bike share system in June 2014, marking a key step forward for sustainable transportation in the city. The program was the first time the city had adopted such an aggressively pro-bicycle measure, and the system is being rolled out on a large scale. After opening an innovative and successful BRT in early 2013, bike share offered another accessible form of alternative transportation to city residents. Originally opening with 100 stations and 2,000 bikes in the downtown Chenguan District, the system’s rapid expansion has allowed thousands of users to start cycling through the city, with most of the system’s users being new cyclists. Today, the system operates with 240 stations and 4,000 bikes, with an planned increase to 383 stations and 9,880 bikes by the end of the year. In a city with chronic and worsening traffic concerns, the availability of new modes of transit is critical to reducing car use and improving mobility.
Saturday 14th February 2015

MiBici Bike Share Arrives in Guadalajara, Mexico

The way Guadalajara moves is changing. Last week, the city opened the MiBici public bicycle system. Only the second bike-share system in Mexico after Mexico City’s Ecobici, MiBici offers Guadalajara residents an exciting new transport option. Capping off a year of impressive expansion of biking infrastructure in Guadalajara, the bike share makes it even easier for residents to enjoy and explore the city by bike. As with many third generation public bicycle systems, the service enables point to point travel anywhere in the coverage zone by letting users pick up and drop off bikes at any station in the system. All stations are solar powered and integrated into their surroundings. Thanks to strong public input into station placement, excitement for the program is running high. Currently, the system covers eight different neighborhoods in the city, including key places of interest and business. In addition, the system was designed to integrate with several other transit modes in the area, including light rail lines, bus routes, and the MacroBus BRT. The system opened with 86 stations and 860 bikes ready to use. It is estimated that there will be around 13,000 users and each bicycle will make 10 trips a day. Read on here
Monday 09th February 2015

European Best Practices in Bike Sharing Systems (2009)

Bike sharing systems may be used alone or combined with other types of public transportation. It is less restrictive and often faster than a car. Nonetheless, it also means rethinking the use of the streets and the transit to ensure safety and mobility. Bike sharing systems are a high performance service, which enables everyone to take advantage of a practical, inexpensive and ecological means of transport 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, providing a new approach to urban mobility. Bike sharing system in Europe has so definitely become a role model for sustainable transport. It’s even now a worldwide movement in which European major cities like Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam has a strong leadership. Paris and Barcelona have all strategy plans to implement changes in transportation habits. The strategy plans are different from one city to another. This worldwide movement enables a city’s administration to study the plan so as to adapt and improve them for their own city. Read the full document here.
Monday 09th February 2015

Electric bike share GOBIKE in Copenhagen

KLAUS BONDAM PRESENTS THE GOBIKE Director of The Danish Cyclist’ Fereration and former actor Klaus Bondam introduces the new city bike “the gobike” in Copenhagen, in front of the newest piece of bicycle infrastructure in the city.
Sunday 08th February 2015

China has 8 cities with bigger bike share systems than all of America

The growth of bike share programs is gaining momentum in the US. But this growth is absolutely dwarfed by the explosion of bike share programs in China over the last couple of years. The country now has more than 400,000 bike share bikes in operation across dozens of cities with programs, with the vast majority installed since 2012. To put this in perspective, there are an estimated 822,00 bikes in operation around the world — so China has more bikes than all other countries combined. The individual country with the next-highest number of bikes, France, has just 45,000. Here are the 15 countries with more than 3,000 bikes in operation, with data coming from the Bike-sharing World Map, a database maintained by Russell Meddin and Paul DeMaio.Early on, most bike share programs were in Europe. The French town of Rennes pioneered the first computerized system in 1998, and as late as 2008, only a single system existed outside of Europe (Washington DC’s). For years, Paris had the largest system. Read more here.
Tuesday 03rd February 2015

Cycling in London now highest since records began

Last year was a record for hires on London’s Cycle Hire scheme, with 10,023,987 journeys made – up five per cent on 2012 (the previous highest year) and 25 per cent on 2013. At Hyde Park Corner, one of the most popular docking stations, the total number of hires in 2014 was 37 per cent higher (102,267) than in 2012 (74,515), despite Hyde Park being a major sporting venue during the London 2012 Games. Furthermore, total hires from Waterloo station were up 12 per cent (158,494) compared to 2013 (141,518), suggesting more people are now using the scheme as a viable commuting option. Read on here.  
Sunday 01st February 2015

The City Fix from Embarque

The City Fix is an online resource for learning about the latest in sustainable urban mobility and planning. Launched in 2007, the site connects a global network of writers, urban planners, designers, engineers, and citizens who work to make cities better places to live. The blog is produced by EMBARQ, a not-for-profit program of the World Resources Institute that works to catalyze and help implement environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable transport and urban planning solutions. Since 2002, the EMBARQ network has grown to include six centers – based in Brazil, China, India,Mexico, and Turkey – that work together with local authorities, businesses and national governments to reduce pollution, improve public health, and create safe and accessible urban environments.TheCityFix relies on this international community and other volunteer contributors to provide a global, multi-disciplinary perspective to its coverage of issues relating to urban sustainability. Read more here.
Wednesday 28th January 2015

How Seville transformed itself into the cycling capital of southern Europe

A tour around the network reveals fewer cyclists than normal, mainly due to what is, for local standards, something of a cold snap (it is sunny and 11C, a temperature at which Sevillans seemingly require down jackets, thick gloves and hats). But plenty of cyclists are out and what is noticeable to a British eye is both their variety and the ordinariness. The variety comes from the riders themselves – a seemingly equal gender split, with ages going from children to people well into their 70s. Net result is not Dutch or Danish levels of cycling, but nonetheless impressive. The average number of bikes used daily in the city rose from just over 6,000 to more than 70,000. The last audit, about a year ago, found 6% of all trips were made by bike, rising to 9% for non-commuter journeys. Read more here.
Wednesday 28th January 2015

Cycling key in reducing urban air pollution

A new study has been published arguing that a modal shift from cars to bicycles will help to cut air pollution in Europe. According to the study, non-technical measures, such as increasing cycling and bringing in restrictions on cars, such as car-free zones, can provide clear improvements in air quality. A core finding was that the stronger the action taken by city authorities, the better the result. Commissioned by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) and conducted by consultancy Ricardo-AEA, the study examined transport pollutants NOx, NO2 and PM10 using five European cities – Antwerp, London, Nantes, Seville and Thessaloniki – as case studies. According to the ECF, the city of Seville managed to comply with EU limit values for air pollution due to raising the modal share of cycling from 0.5% to 7% through investment in cycling and measures to reduce motorised traffic. There has been mounting concern over the health and economic impact of air pollution in Europe’s urban areas. While EU limits have been introduced, in many cities there remains a failure to comply. Read on here. 
Tuesday 27th January 2015

Bike-sharing since 1890 in India

A dabbawala is a person in India, most commonly in Mumbai, who is part of a delivery system that collects hot food in lunch boxes from the residences of workers in the late morning, delivers the lunches to the workplace utilizing various modes of transport, predominantly bicycles and the railway trains, and returns the empty boxes to the customer’s residence that afternoon. They are also made use of by prominent meal suppliers in Mumbai where they ferry ready, cooked meals from central kitchens to the customers and back. In Mumbai, most officegoers prefer to eat home-cooked food rather than eat outside, usually for reasons of taste and hygiene, hence the concept. A number of work-from-home women also supply such home-cooked meals, delivering through the dabbawala network. Have a look at this straight forward video .
Saturday 17th January 2015

Copenhagen to pull plug on pricey city bikes

The City of Copenhagen has given the provider behind its costly and under-used bike share programme 14 days to deliver or it will officially kill the project “in order to limit loss”. VIDEO: Copenhagen circle bridge on its way (19 Mar 15) Danish bike culture even cooler than you thought (05 Nov 14) Get off your high horse, Copenhagen cyclists (12 Aug 14) After receiving less than a fourth of the bicycles promised by provider GoBike, the City of Copenhagen is threatening to pull the plug on its pricey bike-share programme. GoBike was supposed to have delivered 1,860 new high-tech bicycles, complete with GPS-enabled tablets and electric motors, to Copenhagen for an expansive bike-share programme aimed at commuters and tourists. But mid-way through the month, just 424 of the bikes have arrived and GoBike has said it cannot provide the remainder. City officials are now resigned to the fact that they will have to kill their prestige project, which was introduced with great fanfare and to massive criticism in 2013. Read on here.
Thursday 15th January 2015

Smart Grips vibrates the way to turn

Canadian company Boréal Bikes is seeking crowd funding to launch its smrtGRiPS handlebar grips that provide eyes-free navigation, feedback via vibration, and a bike tracking device. Following the Connected Cycle smart pedal  it’s starting to look like 2015 is going to be a year of high-tech innovation in cycling components.
Monday 08th December 2014

What BMW has learned from cycling; London calling.

BMW is hoping to be in the vanguard of dealing with the changing way Britain’s city dwellers use vehicles by launching a joint venture with car rental company Sixt. The companies have brought the DriveNow car-sharing model to London from Germany which allows users to locate, unlock and start cars using a mobile phone app, then drive them on a charge per minute basis. The system – currently in a small scale test with a fleet of about 250 BMW 1 series and Minis – does away with the need for a central collect and return point so users can make one-way journeys. DriveNow has agreed a deal with Islington, Hackney and Haringey councils allowing the cars to be parked in any on-street parking spaces, meaning they can be used in a similar way to London’s “Boris Bike” scheme, as long as they are dropped off within the three boroughs. Peter Schwarzenbauer, BMW board manager said the company looked at the future of the car market several years ago and decided it needed to be in the sector. Read on here.
Friday 21st November 2014

Public Bikesharing in North America During a Period of Rapid Expansion:

Public bike sharing systems offer accessible shared bicycles for first-and-last mile trips connecting to other modes, as well as for both short and long distance destinations in an urban environment. Access to the bicycles is gained through membership in a bike sharing organization. While the majority of North American bike sharing operators charge for use (membership and use-based fees), some community-based bike sharing organizations do not. This report highlights Information Technology (IT)-based bike sharing activities in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Bike sharing systems typically permit both one-way trips and round-trips with bikes available on-demand (no reservation) via a network of docking stations for retrieving and parking bicycles. Thus, bike sharing can facilitate connections to and from public transit and provide a means to make local trips within the bike sharing network. IT-based bike sharing has grown rapidly in North America over the past five years. Read on here.  
Friday 21st November 2014

Why don’t the poor use bike share systems?

Bicycle sharing systems have been spreading like wildfire over the past few years, with new initiatives in New York and Chicago bringing the idea to America’s biggest cities. But even the oldest such systems aren’t very old, so we’re still learning a lot about how they work. One striking finding of a major new report from the Mineta Institute at San Jose State University is that bike shares cater disproportionately to the rich. At least they do in the four major established systems in the US and Canada that the report examined. For each city, this table shows two different populations. In the left column, you get the share of the city’s total population that belongs to each income bracket. In the right column, you get the share of the city’s total bike share membership that belongs to each income bracket. In all four cities, you see that low income cohorts are a lower share of the bikeshare population than they are of the total population. In the high income cohorts it’s the opposite. 17 percent of Salt Lake City bike share members earn over $150,000 a year, even though such well-to-do individuals are only 8 percent of the city’s total population. Read on here.
Sunday 16th November 2014

Barriers to bikesharing: an analysis from Melbourne and Brisbane

This study quantifies the motivators and barriers to bikeshare program usage in Australia. An online survey was administered to a sample of annual members of Australia’s two bikeshare programs based in Brisbane and Melbourne, to assess motivations for joining the schemes. Non-members of the programs were also sampled in order to identify current barriers to joining bikeshare. Spatial analysis from Brisbane revealed residential and work locations of non-members were more geographically dispersed than for bikeshare members. An analysis of bikeshare usage in Melbourne showed a strong relationship between docking stations in areas with relatively less accessible public transit opportunities. Read on here.
Wednesday 15th October 2014

Southwark leads the way in London

  The ‘Southwark Spine’ is the centrepiece of the council’s new draft cycling strategy, which will be officially launched for public consultation next week. “We have a clear vision for cycling in our borough and this strategy forms a key part of delivering that vision,” says Cllr Mark Williams, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transport. “We are committed to increasing levels of cycling in Southwark whilst making it safer for everyone. We want cycling to become commonplace – just another way of getting round and as easy as walking. “We have seen levels of cycling increase in our borough in recent years. We want to build on this and provide the infrastructure, education and information to get even more people cycling. We want to hear from our residents, particularly those who don’t currently cycle, to find out what changes we need to make to get them cycling. “We will unlock a cycling network in our borough, starting with a new north-south Southwark Spine route that will run the entire length of our borough. This will complement existing plans for cycle superhighways and quietways, forming the basis of a comprehensive cycling grid. By working together we can significantly increase the number of people cycling from all backgrounds.” Read on here.
Tuesday 14th October 2014

Guidelines that explain the essential steps involved in developing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP) have been published by the European Commission in further six languages. Available now in Bulgarian, English, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Romanian and Spanish, the guidelines include good practice examples, tools and references that illustrate each step to help urban mobility and transport practitioners prepare, develop and implement SUMPs. The Commission is publishing these guidelines to support its Action Plan on Urban Mobility, which calls for an increase in the take-up of SUMPs in Europe. A SUMP is an integrated transport plan based on the principles of sustainable development. Rather than just building transport infrastructure, SUMPs are orientated to reduce pollution, boost social inclusion and improve the economic well-being of European citizens. The new translated guidelines were produced by the EU co-funded BUMP project, which supports nine European countries with the development of their SUMPs. The Guidelines are also available in the following languages: Bulgarian Hungarian Italian Polish Romanian Spanish
Monday 13th October 2014

Cycling Works

Businesses strongly support Transport for London’s plans for segregated cycle lanes in central London. Chief executives from finance, technology, law, media and the healthcare sectors are clear that ‘Crossrail for bikes’ is good for employees, businesses and London. Over 75 leading employers from across the finance, technology, creative, education and healthcare sectors support the plans for two segregated cycles lanes in central London. Public consultation runs through to Sunday 9th November.
Monday 13th October 2014

5 Top Tips

The London Cycling Campaign is supported by an army of volunteers who work tirelessly away behind the scenes to improve conditions for cyclists. A number of them were honoured on Saturday with Campaigner Awards recognising their outstanding contribution, and I was pleased to be asked to present them. Before the awards I gave a fast and furious presentation on the increasing importance of social media, and some advice on how to use social media to increase the strength of campaigns. Of course, it would be contradictory of me if I encouraged campaigners to embrace sharing everything online if I didn’t then do the same myself. So, here’s my Top 5 Tips for Cycle Campaigning with Social Media to reach more people and capture hearts and minds: my Top 5 Tips for Cycle Campaigning with Social Media
Friday 10th October 2014

Is This The World’s Best Bike-Share Bike?

The Danish capital has reinvented bike sharing. Its new fleet of electric,Wi-Fi-connected bikes are designed to get more non-cyclists to ride. “When [the city and partners] began a process of upgrading the existing bike-share system, they took a look at systems in cities like Paris, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Barcelona,” says Torben Aagaard, CEO and co-founder of Gobike, the company supplying the new bike. “They wanted to have a system that was even better than all the existing examples they could see.” The new bikes, which began rolling out earlier this year, aren’t cheap to make, but each detail is designed to lower the barrier to ride. A theft-proof tablet attached to the handlebars offers navigation (far easier than trying to read a tiny smartphone screen), and has built-in links to the rest of the city’s transportation system. If you want to check train times and get directions to a particular station, you push a button. The new system launched in March with 250 bikes, and will grow to over 1,800 by next year. Gobike is planning similar systems in Barcelona. Read on here.  
Sunday 05th October 2014

Floating cycle path proposed for London’s River Thames

A proposal for a new east-west cycleway that would float on the River Thames has been unveiled by a consortium of architects, artists and engineers formed to promote the development of better cycling links inLondon. The Thames Deckway aims to provide a solution to the British capital’s “deep-seated traffic and pollution problems”. Proposed for a 12 kilometre stretch from Battersea in the west to Canary Wharf in the east, the cycleway would run close to the south bank of the river – away from the main water navigation channel. The project by River Cycleway Consortium Ltd would provide a car-free route and potentially slash the journey time from end to end to half an hour by bike. “London needs to think outside the box of conventional solutions to solve its deep-seated traffic and pollution problems,” said the company in a statement. “The Thames offers vast, untapped potential to ease and improve London’s infrastructure problems. What is needed is imagination to unleash it.” It has the same base idea as “cycling utopia” above London’s railways which is also not realistic when not connected to a city cycling network. Read on here.
Monday 08th September 2014

The Geographic Footprints of the World’s Biggest Bike-Share Networks

New York’s new system is compact and dense. Washington DC’s is expansive and sparse. Seoul’s is bifurcated. Paris’s is comprehensive. The geographic footprint of a city’s bike-sharing system can reveal both the municipality’s level of commitment to transportation alternatives as well as the topography of the surrounding area. Read more here.
Monday 08th September 2014

The World’s Top 7 Bike-Share Systems

If you want to have a great bike-share program in your city, a few factors are key, according to a report just out from the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. They include: Lots of densely situated stations, ideally no more than about 325 yards apart; Many bikes (10-30 per 1,000 residents in the coverage area); A sweeping coverage area that’s more than six square miles; Solid, usable bikes with hardware that discourages theft; Easy-to-use stations and payment systems. Read on here.
Monday 08th September 2014

Notes from a Grassroots Bike-Share Operator

From the Wall Street Journal to our friends at Next City, reporters around the nation are paying close attention to the every movement of Citi Bike, New York City’s massive bike-share system. It’s an interesting unfolding story for sure, but for those of us who live in smaller cities far from the coasts, it is not the most instructive. Bike-sharing is happening everywhere and nowhere else does it look like it looks in Manhattan. I am the co-founder of a small bike-sharing system in Kansas City called Kansas City B-Cycle. Service launched in 2012 with 12 stations and 90 bicycles. Read on here.
Monday 08th September 2014

Bike-Share Is Key to Closing the Cycling Gender Gap

Do a lot of women ride bicycles in your city? If so, you’ve probably got a healthy bicycling culture where people in general feel safe getting on the bike to ride for transportation and recreation. The importance of women as an “indicator species” for biking has been known for years. But the United States doesn’t look so great when it comes to this particular statistic. Only 24 percent of bike trip were made by women in the U.S. in 2009, compared with 55 percent in the Netherlands and 49 percent in Germany. Read on here.
Saturday 06th September 2014

Motorists have ruined England – and they need to pay the price

I’m lucky. I have a very nice editor who gives me a pretty free rein and lets me write about what I want. But this particular topic has taken six months of pestering. My editor is, quite rightly, concerned that this subject will unleash a tsunami of bile and an ash cloud of vitriolic reader comments. Read more here.
Monday 01st September 2014

Electric Bikeshare in Madrid

Madrid’s bike sharing program finally debut this week, joining other metropolises, such as Barcelona, Seville, Valencia, Zaragoza, and Vitoria, to advance the most sustainable and healthy transport system after walking. More interestingly, Madrid’s brand new bicycles are electric. The chosen name was initially controversial. BiciMad comes from bicicleta (bicycle) and Madrid, and despite some people noticing the double meaning in English, the local council did not get it or actually liked it and decided to go “loco.” It was prophetic, as the first day was a little hectic, with it not working and a fake twitter account helping people better than the official one. Nevertheless the bike sharing system is welcome in Madrid. The Spanish capital is begging for clean air and many social movements have been started in the last few years demanding more space for bikes in the street. Will people in Madrid leave the car to take the bike? The electric motor will probably make the difference. Read more here.
Thursday 28th August 2014

Car producers cycle at work

Faced with a serious transportation problem on its sprawling technical center campus in a Detroit suburb, General Motors Co. has turned to a solution that predates cars – bicycles. GM has launched a bike share program for 19,000 employees at its Warren Technical Center. It will help them navigate the 61 buildings on the 330-acre campus and provide convenient transportation for errands in the surrounding community. Employees at the tech center might think using bikes to get around is a foreign concept, but they appear game. “This is good for exercise, good for on-campus mobility and a nice way to actually learn more about non-auto transportation,” said John Waechter, designing engineer at the Tech Center. The bikes will compete with walking, a shuttle bus system and cars. Waechter said he thinks cycling will be quicker than walking and have one advantage over driving because he won’t have to search for a parking place. Read more in the LA Times.
Thursday 28th August 2014

Bike Share Fact Sheet

The prevalence of bicycles in a community is an indicator of our ability to provide affordable transportation, lower traffic congestion, reduce air pollution, increase mobility, and provide exercise to the world’s growing population. Bike-sharing programs are one way to get cycles to the masses. Read more on the website of the Earth Policy Institute here.
Wednesday 27th August 2014

Should Urban Cycle Hire Schemes be Financially Self-Sustaining?

Some 600 cities around the world now have a bike-share system, most of them being wildly successful in terms of market penetration and user-rates. In fact, we’re positively hooked on them. New York City’s own Citibike was launched earlier this year and in only a few months the programme has already grown to nearly 100,000 members. Read more here, also in Portuguese.
Thursday 19th June 2014

The role of bicycle sharing systems in normalising the image of cycling

An observational study of London cyclists Bicycle sharing systems are increasingly popular around the world and have the potential to increase the visibility of people cycling in everyday clothing. This may in turn help normalise the image of cycling, and reduce perceptions that cycling is ‘risky’ or ‘only for sporty people’. This paper sought to compare the use of specialist cycling clothing between users of the London bicycle sharing system (LBSS) and cyclists using personal bicycles. To do this, we observed 3594 people on bicycles at 35 randomly-selected locations across central and inner London. The 592 LBSS users were much less likely to wear helmets (16% vs. 64% among personal-bicycle cyclists), high-visibility clothes (11% vs. 35%) and sports clothes (2% vs. 25%). In total, 79% of LBSS users wore none of these types of specialist cycling clothing, as compared to only 30% of personal-bicycle cyclists. This was true of male and female LBSS cyclists alike (all p>0.25 for interaction). We conclude that bicycle sharing systems may not only encourage cycling directly, by providing bicycles to rent, but also indirectly, by increasing the number and diversity of cycling ‘role models’ visible. Highlights Many potential cyclists are put off as they perceive cycling as too risky or sporty; This may be reinforced if existing cyclists are seen to wear safety or sports clothes;Bicycle sharing systems (BSS) may encourage cycling in everyday clothing; London BSS users are less likely to wear helmets, high-viz or sports clothes. BSS have the potential to normalise the image of cycling, and so promote cycling.