Successful and sustainable world cities are looking to new solutions that enable mobility while creating the vibrant and interesting environments that attract fickle investors and are agreeable to local communities. Over a number of years one of the increasingly popular parts of this mix has been the increasing inclusion of pedestrianisation of city centres, prioritisation of improved “classic” public transport as well as development of newer mobility ideas such as increased bicycle use.  An element of increasing bicycle use is via a bike sharing scheme.

There are two main avenues to improving cycle use in our cities:

  1. Infrastructure improvements such as cycle lanes, cycle parking, motorised traffic diversion and reduction, etc. The most visible impact of these policies can be seen in Danish and Dutch cities such as Copenhagen and Amsterdam as well as London’s Cycle Super Highways;
  2. Bike sharing schemes where cycles are made available to the public at designated locations or across certain parts of the city. These are now numerous around the world – New York City, Barcelona, Paris, but subtle variations in financial and operating models exist.

Expensive publically led schemes are under challenge from new models that are led from a wider set of local providers. Can we create a more community – corporate or individual led cycle sharing schemes that still provide sufficiently impactful improvements to mobility?

Examples of these services include Spinlister or Spokefly which support other mobility modes such as long distance rail as well as numerous corporate or business led schemes to support specific mobility needs in geographically designed areas such as universities.

Open Source Bike Share is the world’s first low-cost and open source bike sharing system. It is a bottom-up bicycle sharing system suitable for smaller communities or areas such as campuses, companies etc.

Anyone can start their own bike share easily by using Open Source Bike Share web app.