The European Cyclists Federation (ECF) has a goal to promote cycling to be a healthy as well as a sustainable means of reformation and transportation. Currently, their operations are limited to European countries, however; they consider that the challenges being faced are on a global level. ECF considers bicycles to be the solution for many woes of this world and for this purpose, they have launched a unique platform on bicycle sharing systems which help to boost cycling in different cities of the continent.
The platform for European Bicycle Sharing and Systems (PEBSS) by means of the Cycling Industry Club (CIC) provides a neutral, trusted and collaborative framework which will ensure a fertile environment for intra-industry discussions. Shared bicycle systems have provided great help in the growth of developing a habit of cycling daily. Prominent activities of ECF in Brussels will be very useful in placing the bicycle sharing system within the EU funding and policy discussions with respect to urban transportation strategy.
Bicycle sharing systems will help in developing an efficient urban commuting program (Paul Stratta)
The main objective of PEBBS is to encourage the exchange of the practices of bicycle sharing systems and make this entire program a catalyst of city innovations – an enabler for smarter mobility. In addition to this, it will also promote Big Data-based structures for urban mobility as well as planning of bicycle sharing systems. Along with that, outcome-oriented and high-quality bicycle mobility systems and services are adopted.
The participations of the platform will be public bicycle share providers, connected bicycle producers and manufacturers, corporate leasing, system operators, cargo services, peer-to-peer system facilitators along with relative stakeholders and suppliers inclusive of NGO’s. In addition to this, cities and other urban planning corporations and organizations can also participate in the program across the European region.
Europe-wide Platform on Bicycle Sharing & Systems scheduled to launch on 12 June 2017
The Director of Smarter Cycling/Cycling For Growth, ECF, Paul Stratton said that the cities have an ever-growing requirement of having true-world and contemporary information as well as solutions for combatting urban crowding, spiraling the transit costs of fixed lane, and to reduce the time wastage amongst citizens from the urban environment. Introducing the concept of bicycle sharing systems will help in developing an efficient urban commuting program. Using shared bicycle systems, urban commuting can be made more efficient along with contributing positively towards improved health outcomes.
The inauguration ceremony of PEBBS will take place on the 12th of June, 2017 after a day of ECF’s Velo-city conference in the city of Arnhem-Nijmegenin The Netherlands. Several working meetings of PEBBS will also be conducted to coincide trade shows of bicycle sharing systems like the Taipei Bike Show in the month of March and Eurobike in the month of August.
Currently, there are several supporters of the program which includes Cycleurope, ElectricFeel, Nextbike, BikePlus, the Accell Group, North American Bikeshare Association (NABSA), Stage Intelligence and PON.
The best thing about this bicycle sharing system is that commuters can move quickly, cheaply and more safely from the urban congested environment.
Bicycle sharing systems have been launched with the objective of sharing cycle mobility best practices that makes them accessible and which facilitates the development of collaborative synergies. In addition to this, the program also supports political as well as investment resources so as to grow a smarter cycle sharing system along with allied systems all across the region.