Cycling measures, in particular TV Bike sharing scheme
Topic of the practice
Encouraging the use of public and shared transport
Good Practice Information
Treviso's cycling measures (in particular TV Bike sharing scheme) are a good example of encouragement of take up of cycling.
The objectives of the cycling measures are to increase the distance covered by cycle paths, increase use of bicycles for daily and urban travel, and increase intermodality between bicycles and PT.
The measures include:
- practical course for municipal technicians
- cycling track system covering a large area of the town
- the extension of the system in periurban areas, use of a marking system for cycling tracks
- signalization of cycling traffic
- an 'observatory' for census of cycle path networks built annually and bike sharing scheme
- TV bike sharing scheme.
TVBike Treviso is an automatic and public bike sharing system, which is aimed at the promotion of cycling in the city of Treviso. It allows any resident, commuter, tourist or other visitor to obtain a bicycle at a dedicated, secure bike sharing station and leave it in another station. Every station is connected to a central monitoring system. The bikes can be taken and left through use of a smart card. The system is cheap (free for the first 2 hours). It provides fast and efficient short distance travelling within the city, and is coordinated with the public transport system. The system has 78 bicycles and 14 stations.
Critical success factors include:
- funding. The bike sharing is an infrastructural project that has high investment and maintenance costs, it is supported by an electronic system. The high costs could be an obstacle to transfer.
- technological innovation. The electronic system provides real time information on the number of available bikes and where they are in the city.
Evidence of success
The system's main advantages are the environmental benefits, reduction in GHG emissions, increase in public space as fewer cars are used and parked in a city, and the city gets more humanised as the bike improves sociability.
In the first four months of the bike sharing scheme, 970 people had registered for it, there were 760 actual users and 10,500 trips. In the first six months of the bike sharing scheme, nearly 17,000 km were travelled by bike through the scheme.
Contact details to obtain further information on the practice
Muncipality of Treviso
Annex completed on: 10-28-2011