GTZ releases a Reading List on Public Bicycle Schemes
- Various cities around the world are trying methods to encourage
bicycling as a sustainable transport mode. Among those methods in
encouraging cycling implementing public bicycle schemes is one. The
public bicycle schemes are also known as bicycle sharing systems,
community bicycling schemes etc., The main idea of a public bicycle
system is that the user need not own a bicycle but still gain the
advantages of bicycling by renting a bicycle provided by the scheme for
a nominal fee or for free of charge (as in some cities). Most of these
schemes enable people to realize one way trips, because the users need
not return the bicycles to the origin, which will avoid unnecessary
travel. Public bicycle schemes provide not only convenience for trips in
the communities, they can also be a good addition to the public
Encouraging public bike systems have shown that there can be numerous
short that could be made by a bicycle instead of using motorised modes.
Public bike schemes also encourage creative designs in bikes and also in
the operational mechanisms.
The current document is one of the several efforts of GTZ Sustainable
Urban Transport Project to bring to the policymakers an easy to access
list of available material on Public Bike Schemes (PBS) which can be
used in their everyday work. The document aims to list out some
influential and informative resources that highlight the importance of
PBS in cities and how the existing situation could be improved.
Comments and suggestions on improving SUTP activities and publications
can be addressed to sutp@...