22 September, Brussels - Erdem Ovacik, co-founder and CEO of Donkey Republic, has been appointed as the new Vice Chair of Cycling Industries Europe’s Bike Share Expert Group. Ovacik is one of the pioneers of bike sharing in Europe and a founding member of Cycling Industries Europe’s Bike Share Expert Group. The Chair of the group is Laurent Mercat, the founder of Smoove.
Ovacik said: “I’m delighted to step into the role of Vice Chair as bike sharing is playing an increasingly important role in shaping urban mobility in Europe. I’m committed to work towards engaging cities and governments for more active and holistic public policy play to lift the potential of bike sharing and its multiple benefits.”
Bike share is in the heart of current urban transition in European cities offering a natural social distancing transport option helping cities in their Covid19 recovery. Multiple benefits of bike sharing include flexible transit, improved air quality, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, reduced congestion & noise, health benefits and financial savings for individuals and society.
By sharing with others through a publicly available scheme, people can use bicycles on an “as-needed” basis, without the costs and responsibilities associated with ownership. Bike sharing allow people who may not otherwise use bicycles, to enjoy the benefits of cycling, whether they are tourists or locals.
About CIE’s Bike Sharing Expert Group
CIE Expert Group on Bike Share represents the leading European Bike Share Operators and Suppliers: Smoove, nextbike, Donkey Republic, Moventia, PBSC, Ride On, Urban Sharing, EbikeLabs, Beryl, Pony and Qucit. The group was launched at the Velo-city conference in June 2019 in Dublin. Providing bike share services in more than 300 cities with 63 million rides in 2018 in Europe the Expert Group forms a powerful advocacy for the sector. The leading investors in the cycling industry create innovative transport solutions and thousands of green, sustainable jobs. CIE’s Expert Group looks forward to working with cities and policy makers to support them in the rapidly changing active mobility landscape.
For more information see Cycling Industries Europe Bike Share Expert Group or contact Lauha Fried at l.fried(at)cyclingindustries.com.
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