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Optimising Bike Sharing in European Cities (OBIS)

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OBIS will advance the role and the opportunities of bike sharing as a valuable instrument to foster clean and energy efficient sustainable modes of mobility in urban areas. It improves environmental performance, enhancing the quality of public transport, supports health and the overall quality of life. Due to the broad commitment of authorities to new green strategies, bike sharing is recognised as attractive to further cycling in urban areas in general. With respect to different countries, OBIS will identify good practices, success factors, limits and market potentials by analyses, demonstrations and optimised strategies. Key findings and recommendations will be published in a comprehensive manual. This handbook will support the adoption of bike sharing all over Europe and guide the relevant actors implementing efficient bike sharing schemes. It will furthermore be an essential input for adjustments in mobility strategies and frameworks.


  • Bike sharing manual: Recommendations and guidelines for introducing and implementing bike sharing
  • Pilot Projects: Practical introduction of new bike sharing schemes and concepts for access, tariffs etc.
  • International Conferences: Two public conferences for international stakeholders
  • Website: Including project information, newsletters on bike sharing

Lessons learned

  • This project is not yet finished. Preliminary lessons learnt are: - Stakeholders need advice and experience transfer - Political willingness is the key to the success of bike sharing schemes - Local features of the sites have to be regarded to successfully transfer bike sharing schemes - Easy access, usability and combination with PT contributes to success

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Choice GmbH
Contact point: 
Ms. Janett Kalina


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In brief

01/09/2008 to 31/08/2011
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