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Public bicycle sharing systems are increasingly used

StadtRAD Tour at the Elbe in Hamburg
StadtRAD Tour at the Elbe in Hamburg © / Roberto Kai Hegeler

The numbers of users of German bicycle sharing systems are rising

According to the German discussion group on public bicycle sharing systems, the figures for the first half-year 2016 prove that public bicycle sharing systems are becoming increasingly attractive and therefore increasingly used.

  • For instance, in Hamburg (Stadtrad Hamburg) , 1.4 million trips had already been achieved in the first half year. The extrapolation for the whole of the year 2016 expects around 2.7 million journeys, which is an increase of 6.7 percent compared to 2015.
  • In Cologne (KVB-Rad) the increase was much more extreme in the second year of operation. While in the peak month of 2015 almost 33,000 journeys were achieved already in July 2016 almost 72,000 journeys were achieved although the number of bicycles had not yet risen.
  • The regional system of the VRN (Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Neckar) in Mannheim/Heidelberg (VRNnextbike) with its decentralized structure more than doubled its monthly trips compared to 2015 due to an increase in the number of stations and especially  through the cooperation with the University of Mannheim.
  • The system in Mainz (MVGmeinRad) is consolidating at a high level, the expansion of the stations is still to a lesser extent in progress.
  • In Munich (MVG Rad) MVG was able to gain more than 40,000 customers since its start in October 2015. By August 2016, the MVG's bicycles were used for more than 230,000 trips, and by then 72 out of a total of 125 planned stations had been put into operation.

These examples show that the increase in user numbers is also linked to the system expansion. It should be noted that it is easier to achieve higher increases in user numbers through additional stations in the starting years than while the system is already established. However, most systems in Germany are at the beginning while MVGmeinRad is in a middle phase, and Hamburg already is in its eighth year of operation.

More and more, other cities in Germany consider to implement public bike share systems to improve mobility in general as well as the interlink between the different means of transport for the promotion of a multimodal mobility

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10. September 2016

Hochschule RheinMain (iwib - Institut Weiterbildung im Beruf) / Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Neckar GmbH (VRN GmbH)

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