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White bicycle plan considered after all

28 February 2008 - The introduction of cheap bicycle rental schemes in cities like Lyon, Barcelona and Paris has been a huge success. The introduction of a similar scheme in Amsterdam seemed unlikely, but now the municipality has set up a group to study the idea after all. The participation of advertising company JCDecaux may be controversial.

The public ‘white bicycle’ was invented by Provos in Amsterdam in the 1960s, but the concept remained unsuccessful until a modified scheme was introduced elsewhere. When Bicing revolutionised Barcelona traffic and Vélib’ had an even bigger impact in Paris, some politicians argued for the introduction of a similar scheme in Amsterdam.

Last September, municipality spokesperson Johanneke Helmer said that this was probably not going to happen. For one thing, almost all Amsterdammers already have bicycles. In addition, Amsterdam is a more compact city than Barcelona and Paris and there is not much public space available for bicycle distribution points. “The sidewalks are already filled up with Amsterdammers’ own bicycles”, Helmer told News from Amsterdam.

However, the municipality has now set up a group to study whether it is possible to reintroduce the white bicycle after all, cyclists’ organisation Fietsersbond announces in its publication OEK. Participants include the municipality, the Fietsersbond, public transport users’ organisation Rover, railway company NS, bicycle rental scheme OV Fiets, Bikedispenser (owner of a compact bicycle parking concept) and JCDecaux.

The scarcity of public space may actually argue for the introduction of rental bicycles, explains Marjolein de Lange of the Fietsersbond in the OEK. A rental bicycle is used by more people and may therefore use bicycle parking space more efficiently than a privately owned bicycle, provided that the scheme is well-conceived.

De Lange also sees some pitfalls. For example, some of the Fietsersbond’s members fear that JCDecaux will be allowed to fill the city with billboards in return for operating the scheme, as happened in Lyon.

No Vélib’ in Amsterdam; Barcelona success revives white bicycle plan


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