Bicycle sharing for employees of Pardubice City Council
Name of the initiative: Bicycle sharing
URL: Pardubice City Council Intranet
Organisation form: Other
Country: Czech Republic
Domain: smart mobility
Starting year: 2019
Keywords: bicycle sharing, municipal bicycles, Pardubice City Council
Pardubice City Council introduced a bicycle sharing system for its employees in 2019. Inspiration for the creation of this system came from the positive experience with a similar scheme in the twin town of Doetinchem in the Netherlands. Workers from the city council are currently able to use eight bicycles which are located near two municipal buildings. There are however plans to increase the number of bicycles and also to extend the number of bicycle share points at which bicycles will be available in the future to include other municipal buildings.
Employees can reserve bicycles for business trips via a simple online application which the city council created for this purpose. Keys to these municipal bicycles are equipped with chips which employees pick up from safes by entering a PIN code. Eight identical bicycles are available to employees. They are designed for urban use, fitted with quick-release clamps on the saddles so the height can be adjusted quickly and equipped with a high-quality steel lock to prevent them being stolen. A condition for use of municipal bicycles, just like municipal cars, is that users undergo bicycle riding training. Internal guidelines also stipulate that the use of a helmet is recommended for employees when riding these bicycles. This investment, consisting in purchase of the bicycles, safes for keys and chips, cost Pardubice City Council approx. CZK 155,000, i.e. EUR 6,000. Thanks to the flat terrain and the good network of cycling paths, shared municipal bicycles are a convenient means of transport for the employees of Pardubice City Council, both for travelling between individual municipal buildings and also for trips out of the office. Sharing of municipal bicycles will on the one hand lead to time saving compared to walking or using public transport, and on the other hand to cost savings thanks to a decrease of the use of municipal cars.
Author: Libena Tetrevova, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic
Date added: 24 June 2019