21 Feb The Future of Cycling – Through Urbo’s Eyes
“Three of the main challenges the world has to face at present: climate change, urbanisation and obesity. The good news is that we already have the solution for the three of them: the bicycle.” – Robert Wu from KMC
Everywhere people are rediscovering the advantages of cycling. Cities are building the infrastructure to serve cyclists and to keep them safe. This rush to boost cycling levels and better the quality of city life is the greatest development in global urbanism. The amount of people on bikes will only increase as our cities grow more crowded and expensive. So it begs the question – what will the future of cycling look like?
Cycling objectives have been set for the coming years. Chicago have the Streets for Cycling Plan 2020, the purpose is to develop a comprehensive network of bikeways that attracts people of all ages. The Mayor of New York, Bill de Blasio, set a goal for 2020 to double the number of New Yorkers who regularly ride a bike. Copenhagen boasts more than 200 miles of bike lanes and has one of the lowest percentage of car owners in Europe. Their latest goal is to build a superhighway for bikes that will stretch to surrounding suburbs. And the Minister for Transport in Ireland says he hopes to increase the numbers commuting daily by bike to 160,000 – a stated objective in The Irish Transport Policy 2020.
Cities are going car free all around the world! The mayor of London says the city will ban diesel cars by 2020. Oslo plans to permanently ban all cars from its city centre by 2019 — six years before Norway’s country-wide ban would go into effect. Madrid plans to ban cars from 500 acres of its city centre by 2020. While Paris plans to double its bike lanes and limit select streets to electric cars by the same year. These trends mean that bike sharing will continue to grow at an extraordinary rate.
Advances in technology and connected devices over the past few years have had a huge impact on cycling culture. E-bikes have made impressive developments in technology as well as in acceptance by mainstream cycling enthusiasts. It’s believed that they’ll eventually make up one of every three bikes sold in the EU. Until then, we predict that e-bike sales will continue to grow. At Urbo, these technologies are in our pipeline of innovative, sustainable mobility solutions. We are always thinking of new ways to improve and enhance the Urbo riding experience.
There’s no doubt that bike sharing makes cycling a realistic option for more people and provides the flexibility that city dwellers need. We believe that dockless bike sharing is a long-term viable alternative to public transport, taxis, and driving. It’s very important that the industry is run responsibly if we want it to succeed. We work with local councils to create more detailed regulations to ensure the perfect bike share for your community. It is ensured that regulations are efficient, viable and will not breach the principle of fair competition. With bike sharing we realise that there are challenges to overcome, such as bike clutter, which is why we implement measures such as geofencing technology and public education initiatives, to incentivise and inform our riders on safe riding and responsible parking. We also have wardens to enforce users’ behaviour.
The Urbo team is passionate about a stronger, better connected and more bike friendly future!