Bikes Essay

578 Words Jan 6th, 2014 3 Pages
New Seamless Mobility Services

Public Bicycles

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NICHES is a Coordination Action funded by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Programme for R&D, Priority 6.2 Sustainable Surface Transport

What is it about?
Characteristics
Public Bicycles:

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are innovative schemes of rental or free bicycles in urban areas; can be used for daily mobility as one-way-use is possible and they can be seen as part of the public transport system; differ from traditional, mostly leisure-oriented bicycle rental services as they provide fast and easy access; have diversified in organisational layout, the business models and the applied technology towards “smart bikes” (rental process via smart card or
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the scheme helped to increase the bicycle share in the modal split. The use of bicycles increased by 44% within a year. The service is a public private partnership between Grand Lyon and the billboard company JCDecaux.

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Vélo’v scheme in Lyon, France
Photos: Rupprecht Consult

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Call a Bike in Cologne, Germany
Photo: Rupprecht Consult

European countries with Public Bicycle schemes

Is this something for us?
In the last years a portfolio of different Public Bicycle schemes has been developed (see last page “Further information”), which enables cities interested in their take-up to choose the right scheme for their needs and targets. Key conditions for implementation are: “Very quickly, we’ve moved from being a curiosity to a genuine new urban transport mode. We invented the publicindividual transport.”
Gilles Vesco Vice-président du Grand Lyon, France, on the vélo’v scheme



A strong commitment to sustainable urban transport planning and to the promotion of cycling as a serious transport mode; A minimum standard of bicycle infrastructure for safe and convenient cycling; Sufficient resources for a large scale scheme to achieve a real impact; Sufficient space for racks/parking to guarantee the accessibility of bicycles.

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Check list
City size Costs Most suitable for medium to large cities (> 200,000 inhabitants). Compared to

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