OBIS (Optimising Bike Sharing in European Cities) was developed as a result of the ‘Big Bang’ in bike sharing – namely the start of Vélib’ in Paris and Bicing in Barcelona in 2007. With the help of European funding from the Executive Agency for Competitiveness and Innovation (EACI) within the Intelligent Energy Europe Programme, the project gave 16 partners from nine countries the opportunity to assess Bike Sharing Schemes (BSSs) all over Europe. OBIS started in September 2008 and ended three years later in August 2011.
Aims and Objectives
The aim of the consortium was to: share knowledge; collect relevant information about more than 50 schemes; carry out innovative demonstration activities within the participating countries; and first and foremost, compile and publish the results of this intensive work to share it with all relevant stakeholders in the field.
All these activities were carried out with the objective of increasing the opportunities for bike sharing to be used as an instrument to foster clean and sustainable transport mainly in urban areas.
Bike sharing schemes are planned, implemented and operated in an environment influenced by diverse stakeholders from many fields. A variety of target groups was addressed by OBIS for both the project analysis and for the dissemination of the results. At the same time, a representative selection of stakeholders was involved in OBIS as project partners:
- National ministries;
- Local authorities;
- Representatives of cycling organisations;
- Providers of street furniture, outdoor advertisers, etc;
- Bike sharing providers/ operators;
- Public transport operators;
- Large employers;
- Traffic researchers;
- And many more...
Key documents, the Publishable Report
), the Handbook
) and project leaflet
) are also documented elsewhere on this website.