TDM 2000 InternationalKeymasterJanuary 15, 2015 at 3:17 pmPost count: 41
BikeSurf.org – Berlin
Description of practice :
BikeSurf.org is worldwide bike lending service, initially founded in Berlin, Germany. The initiators of project differ from other bike lending services because users (BikeSurfers) are under no obligation to pay for riding their bikes. However donations of bikes, bike parts and cash are welcomed to help keep the project sustainable. They trust their users and do no take deposits for project bikes and this “honor principle” approach has worked.
The main goals for this project are to allow everyone to experience cycling in a bike-friendly city environment, demonstrate that a trust-based sharing system is viable, develop a dedicated team of multi-skilled volunteers and encourage others to start their own bike sharing system in other cities.
They project has had approximately 2000 users in Berlin to date (since June 2012). Most of the bike fleet has been donated by people who want to make a contribution to expand the project. By minimizing the costs of running such a service, developing an efficient booking system and relying on the expertise and labor of team of volunteers, their project has been a success.The team of project now has fifteen active members who provide their expertise in the areas of bike mechanics, logistics, promotions, information technology and fund-raising.
Inspired by the success in Berlin, another eleven cities have started their own BikeSurf. projects. The team of the project believe that this worldwide network will continue in the coming years.
They also organized bicycle tours, bicycle maintenance workshops and provided information via their website or email about the cycling culture in the BikeSurf cities.
The project have been featured in the media, including a piece in the New York Times and a TV news segment on CNN.
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