VELENJE LAUNCHES SYSTEM BICY
Velenje, Slovenia implemented its first bike sharing system, a new modular bike sharing system called System BICY after the project that made it possible!
VELENJE (SLOVENIA) LAUNCHES ITS FIRST BIKE-SHARING SYSTEM, SYSTEM BICY, ON 18 TH OF SEPTEMBER 2012.
Velenje has implemented its new modular bike sharing system, system BICY, that draws its name from project BICY itself.
Inhabitants are able to pick up one of 25 bicycles from 40 terminals on 5 city stations.
System BICY, launched on the 18th of September 2012, covers an area of approximately 3 square kilometres in a network where the terminals are separated by no more than 600 metres. The system is hoping to tap into Velenje's 34,000 inhabitants. This could positively affect the way the city tackles urban transport, and may see a bigger modal shift in favour
Obtaining membership is simple (gaining users card and PIN number is by registration free of charge on Tourist informational centre Velenje). Fourteen hours per week is free of charge, then card blocks and releases 14 hours again the next week. Unlike public transport, the system is operable 24 hours a day throughout the whole year.
The investment in Velenje consists the Implementation of small scale bike rental scheme (5 rental stations, 25 bikes), based on a modular design of station that allows future adaptation, easy maintenance and possibility of movement in case of changes in the network. Each station is connected to central control station. Each rental point is equipped with RFID reader and numeric keyboard. The local inhabitants are the target group of this new service.
Implementation plan: (when, where, with whom (= cooperation, etc.))
• Implementation in summer 2012 (20.9.2012)
• Preparation of Implementation plan (in June 2011) that served as a basis for Implementation Concept that was elaborated by external expertise in September 2011
On the basis of Implementation concept, MICROLOCATIONS for placement of the bike sharing system were determined:
• Scheme developed in cooperation with School centre Velenje, Entrepreneur training centre
• Active preparation of tender for selection of contractor (from Sept. 2011- till January 2012)
• Tender launched on January 2012 signing the contract in May 2012 establishment of system in Sept. 2012:
- Contractor for implementation of the bike sharing systems in Velenje was chosen in April 2012 (the signing of contract will be followed by media as a “press conference” on 15th of May 2012)
- Contract for purchasing the 25 bikes was signed in April 2012
- Active design of GRAPHICS of the whole system and material, and preparation of promotional material for system launch in Sept. 2012
- Working phase- installation of the system that lasted from July 2012 till September 2012
In the first line the system will be used by LOCAL INHABITANTS-general public (also youth-scholarships-students, elderly inhabitants, families individuals, sportsmen-above age 14) = citizens of Velenje and neighbouring areas-general public
The central concept of many of the Bike Sharing / Public Bikes systems is free or affordable access to bicycles for city transport in order to reduce the use of automobiles for short trips inside the city thereby diminishing traffic congestion, noise and air pollution.
• General promotion of cycling
• Increase in number of trips made by bicycle
• Increase in share of cyclists
•Promoting urban cycling and increasing the share of bike paths
•Improving the conditions for movement within the areas of light traffic or pedestrian areas
•Promoting the use of public transport
•Efficient use of urban space
•Positive effects on human health and the environment
•Strengthening of local identity
In Slovenia such bike sharing systems did not exist till end of 2011- at that time the first modular bike sharing system was implemented in the capital city Ljubljana.
In Velenje, a much smaller city, all the existing studies and knowledge were taken from existing schemes in EU area by implementing the best case examples existing in EU and even broader (e.g., Italy, Austria, also Barcelona, Paris, Chicago student bike rental scheme…). System will provide innovative technology solutions for rental services and a detailed concept of solutions for tracking and control.
Sustainability: Bike sharing system will be upgraded accordingly to findings, needs in the future. The mechanism allows the user to leave the bike at other points therefore the system serve as a useful tool for different urban opportunities.
Municipality of Velenje is already preparing projects to be submitted on suitable programmes- funding schemes for future upgrading of the system. For the maintenance of the system after the BICY project ends Municipality of Velenje will predict within municipal budget the maintenance expenses of the system. MOV is also planning to
connect the system with other existing and planned municipal schemes (Reuse centre, bike markets…) Until now lots of efforts of MOV was done to implement a high quality modular system for rather small amount of predicted budget.
A realistic timeline: 18.9.2012 – launch day and stat of the usage of the system BICY
SYSTEM BICY LAUNCH DAY PICTURES and WORKING PHASE PICTURES
Contact: Špela ŠELIGA
BICY Implemented in the Central Europe Programme (www.central2013.eu) is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).