Making our cities more liveable

Leading European Bike Share Operators and Suppliers - Donkey Republic, Moventia, nextbike, PBSC, Ride On, Smoove, Urban Sharing, Qucit, eBikeLabs, Beryl and Pony - have joined forces to form an Expert Group under Cycling Industries Europe. The group was launched at the Velo-city conference on 27 June 2019 in Dublin.

Erdem Ovacik CEO of Donkey Republic is the Chair of the group and Caroline Van Renterghem from Smoove has the role of Vice Chair. Lauha Fried runs the group from CIE's side.  

As a pivotal solution to some of the most pressing issues facing our cities today including traffic congestion, air pollution, climate change, health, affordability and public spaces invaded by cars cycling plays a central role in transforming the urban mobility sector. Globally, transport is the fastest growing contributor to greenhouse gases and already accounts for 25% of all CO2 emissions. According to World Health Organisation (WHO) air pollution is the biggest transport-related threat to public health, with more than 500 000 people dying prematurely every year in Europe; followed by insufficient physical activity and noise pollution. 

With the emergence of electric-assist motors in the bike-share space, dockless sharing technology and the continued evolution of station-based technology, the value that bicycles bring to people, cities, and the world is transformative.


CIE Expert Group on Bike Share represents the leading investors in cycling industry, creating innovative transport solutions and thousands of green, sustainable jobs. The BSEG looks forward to working with cities and policy makers to support them in the rapidly changing active mobility landscape.

Urban mobility is going through a modal shift from cars into bikes - an increasing number of frontrunning cities from Paris to Barcelona and Madrid to Rome, London, Berlin, Hamburg and Helsinki are introducing full or partial ban on cars making cities more liveable, healthy and sustainable. See our latest campaing on Here's why we want every city in Europe to have its own bike share system here, with a supporting position paper here


  • Creating a leadership group for the sector to drive the industry forward
  • Establishing a central bike share expertise hub - pulling together expertise, conducting research and collecting key data of the sector along with best practise sharing - becoming the go to reference for the sector
  • Increasing visibility of the sector by campaigns, speaking at key events and liaising with policy-makers and other relevant stakeholders
  • Working towards a single European data standard
  • Making bike sharing an integral part of urban mobility in European cities, see our latest campaign here

Find our more about our vision in our position paper, June 2020. 

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Bike Share Success Stories

  • Bike sharing is spreading across the United Kingdom like a wildfire. We should celebrate that, as it promotes sustainable and clean transport mode for millions of hard-working Brits. Not only that, but bike sharing supports local economy, especially smaller businesses, and improves the welfare and liveability of people. It continues to be a win-win-win situation.

    This brief paper will undergo an overview of studies on the sustainability of a bike share schemes, and assess how they can improve the communities they serve.

  • The Helsinki bikeshare system, launched in 2016, saw a massive growth between 2016 in 2018, both in terms of service provision and annual usage. Annual usage increased by a whopping 87.5%, marking Helsinki as the city with the highest number of rides per bike per day in 2018.

    This short infographic gives a general overview of the Helsinki bikeshare system’s most interesting numbers.

  • The Cardiff bike share scheme launched in May 2018 is a story of almost instant success, with the average daily use at its launch being more than double that of the UK average. This success story is one of fruitful and efficient collaboration between deeply committed partners, namely NextBike, Cardiff City Council and Cardiff University. The Cardiff story highlights the importance of collaboration, positive and supportive narratives around the scheme and a thoughtfully designed scheme for bike share success.

    This comparative study highlights the key factors behind the success of the Cardiff scheme and how this success story can be replicated in other cities.  

  • Glasgow is yet another UK city to have successfully implemented a bike share scheme. Over the two-year period following the start of the Glasgow bike sharing scheme, there was a steady growth in usage with a 74% increase between both years. Moreover, four out of ten people registering for the scheme were women, which is higher than the national average – great news with regards to gender equality in urban cycling.

    This analysis delves deeper into the details of the Glasgow bike share scheme usage in the 2-year period following the start of the scheme in late June 2014.


online monthly meeting every 1st Thursday of the month


This group is a membership-driven initiative which works together with the support of the CIE Secretariat. Membership is open to all Cycling Industries Europe members.

Why join the Bike Share Expert Group?

The European leadership group will help to drive the sector forward. Issues can be discussed and dealt with in an industry wide forum, saving you time and providing greater efficiency. You will benefit from strong advocacy work, increased visibility for your company and for the sector, work on specific topics such as development towards single European standard, industry guidelines and best practice exchange. 

Join this Expert Group