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Province of Gelderland keen to grow cycling

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The Province of Gelderland and FietsLab host the workshop: SHIFT - All of Gelderland Cycles. 

Yesterday, the Province of Gelderland and FietsLab Gelderland hosted the first edition of the workshop "SHIFT - All of Gelderland Cycles"; a series of evenings in which the social meaning of cycling and ways to grow bike usage are explored. During this kick-off, the question was asked whether or not the province is ready for the growing availability of bike sharing services. Together with experts, stakeholders, and policy makers, an open panel discussion was facilitated where everybody was able to ask questions or otherwise contribute to the conversation about this rapidly evolving subject.

Several Dutch Cycling Embassy network participants were asked to present their point of view. Hélène van Heijningen from Mobycon shared her experience and knowledge gained while doing research on the subject. Having looked at several international examples of bike sharing platforms, she was able to give advise on the key elements to look for when implementing bike sharing in diverse cities.

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Representing the industry, Erik de Winter from Cargoroo—fresh off their acceptance of a prestigious mobility prize in Brussels—was able to share their solution to transportation within urban areas. Among others, Cargoroo is initiating the realization of multiple e-hubs in the city of Nijmegen, where the demand for durable and smart mobility will be met.

Overall, it was a very interesting workshop, leaving plenty of food for thought. Will bike sharing systems replace the need for bike ownership? What would be the best way to connect these systems to the present public transport facilities? And what opportunities present themselves regarding the data that is registered via bike sharing platforms? The Province of Gelderland will continue its search for answers and invites everyone to join. More information is available (in Dutch), via this website.

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