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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.
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 donkey.bike/ 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 Oxford

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 www.velo-citta.eu/bikesharingconference
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

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 Berlin.de 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 LeiPhone.com. 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: https://uclab.fh-potsdam.de/cf/
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 contact@cafebike.org 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

Cielo

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  https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1EgsuG1YlBTGP3fwYHcJFPD8iwJs On this site https://bicicletapublica.es/mapa/
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: https://www.itdp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Public_cycle_sharing_toolkit_ITDP_121204.pdf
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

BIKESHARING AND BICYCLE SAFETY

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 BublrBikes.com/Go. 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

WOCOMOCO CONGRESS 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: https://www.move-forward.com/news/details/a-holistic-guide-to-shared-mobility/ 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: http://innovativemobility.org/?project=shared-mobility-definitions-industry-developments-and-early-understanding
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 belfastbikes@nsl.co.uk 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: http://www1.lehigh.edu/news/lehigh-university-unveils-new-bike-sharing-program#sthash.vULFtdiQ.dpuf 
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

BIG SUCCESS: the BICYCLE FESTIVAL IN PADUA!

  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 www.EXPO2015.it), 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 http://www.cyclingchallenge.eu/ 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 http://www.goodbikepadova.it/ . 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 transport@southwark.gov.uk 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.