Title: Optimising Bike Sharing in European Cities
Prepared by: Intelligent Energy Europe programme (IEE)
Date: August 2011
Summary: OBIS (Optimising Bike Sharing in European Cities) was developed as a result of the ‘Big Bang’ in bike sharing – namely the start of Vélib’ in Paris and Bicing in Barcelona in 2007. With the help of European funding from the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) within the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, the project gave 16 partners from nine countries the opportunity to assess Bike Sharing Schemes (BSSs) all over Europe. OBIS started in September 2008 and ended three years later in August 2011. The aim of the consortium was to: share knowledge; collect relevant information about more than 50 schemes; carry out innovative demonstration activities within the participating countries; and first and foremost, compile and publish the results of this intensive work to share it with all relevant stakeholders in the field. All these activities were carried out with the objective of increasing the opportunities for bike sharing to be used as an instrument to foster clean and sustainable transport mainly in urban areas.