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