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21 Nov 2023

Earlier this autumn, Cycling Industries Europe (CIE) launched its first of its kind study ranking bike sharing services in 148 European cities and revealing major gaps in performance between front-runners and late-adopters. Following the success of the launch webinar, you will now have the opportunity to ask your questions directly from the world's leading bike share experts over a Follow-up webinar taking place on 12 December at 3PM CET (register here, further information below).

CIE’s “Shared Ambition” study gives cities key insights into how to improve their bike sharing offer, generate more trips and make cities greener and more liveable. The study reveals that future 2024 Olympic Games host Paris, followed by Bordeaux, Antwerp, Toulouse, and Lyon, leads the way when it comes to daily trips per inhabitant.

If all the cities covered in the study were to reach the benchmark of at least 19 trips per 1000 inhabitants per day set by front-runners, bike sharing would help save 250,000 tons of CO2 every year in Europe. An estimated €240 million investment to add 200,000 shared bikes in European cities would be necessary to achieve this. 

Additional key indicators emerge from the comparisons made in the study, such as the minimum number of trips per day per bike required to make a bike sharing scheme viable, and the minimum number of bikes per inhabitant required to ensure sufficient coverage and relevance. 

At the opposite end of the spectrum, 20 European cities, including 10 cities with over 100,000 population, have no schemes in place at all, leaving 3.3 million European city-dwellers without access to a bike sharing service.

With 70% of Europeans living in cities and transport accounting for over a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions, bike sharing services offer an inclusive, affordable and healthy solution towards slashing transport-related emissions by 90% by 2050, a key objective of the EU’s Green Deal.

Convening leading European bike share operators and service providers, CIE’s Expert Group on Bike Sharing is committed to helping cities enact the best possible bike sharing schemes and identify EU-level investment support to accelerate their deployment. The group took the initiative to develop the study and could count on Europe’s leading aggregator of shared mobility data, Fluctuo, to provide the data. In parallel, the expert group is developing key performance indicators for sustainability and circularity for the sector and helping cities to overcome complicated tendering procedures.

Interested in joining the Expert Group?

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Get your copy of the report: Shared Ambition: Benchmarking Bike Share in 148 Cities


CIE Mobility Afternoons Series: Benchmarking Bike Share in 148 Cities - Follow-up session with the experts

Following the success of CIE's benchmarking study "Shared Ambition", you will now have the opportunity to ask your questions directly from the world's leading bike share experts.

Cycling Industries Europe’s benchmarking analysis marked a significant milestone ranking 148 cities according to the effectiveness of their bike sharing schemes, sparking widespread interest among European cities and policymakers. From this study it is possible to give cities and policy makers the means to identify the potential for bike sharing to make a much-increased contribution to the EU’s mobility, climate and cycling policies, and to highlight key performance indicators for successful deployment of bike sharing.

Join the webinar to learn which cities performed well and why? What are the key performance indicators for successful bike sharing? How can you improve your city's ranking? 

CIE’s Bike Share Experts will provide you with tailored guidance on how to deploy and enhance your city's bike sharing scheme.

Join the experts on Tuesday, 12 December at 3PM CET for this unique session and register now!

Our session experts:

•  Marion Galan Alfonso, Public Affairs specialist, Donkey Republic

•  Mareike Rauchhaus, Head of Communications and Public Policy, Tier by nextbike

•  Sebastian Schlebusch, Head of Market Development, Dott

•  Gian Carlo Crivello, Client Relationship Officer, PBSC

•  Jaron Borensztajn, Co-Founder, Cargoroo

•  Caroline Van Renterghem, Impact and Public Affairs Director, Fifteen

•  Sébastien Marteau, Chief Commercial Officer, Fluctuo

•  Josée Sabourin, Product Manager, Shared Mobility Data, MobilityData

•  Kevin Mayne, CEO, Cycling Industries Europe

Phil Ellis, CEO and Co-Founder, Beryl


Moderator:Kristian Brink, Chair CIE Bike Share Expert Group, CEO, Urban Sharing

Submit your questions to the experts here.


Please note: This CIE Webinar is completely free and open to non-members. Registration is mandatory and spots are limited.

This report is published with the support of the MegaBITs project. MegaBITS is an Interreg North Sea Region project implementing Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) technologies for cycling in five flagships within the region. The project runs from 2023 to 2026 and is set to transform the way we think about cycling. It will embed cycling ITS in mobility governance on a local, regional, and EU level to improve the safety, comfort, and convenience of cyclists. Put simply, MegaBITS will bring digitalization of the cycling sector to the next level for a happy cycling experience!

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