BIKE INITIATIVES - RUSSIA

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Kazan - Veli’K - bike sharing system launched in July 2013, by the Russian outdoor advertising company Russ Outdoor. The system includes 7 self-service bicycle docking stations distributed throughout Kazan’s centre, and 180 bikes. Each station has a main terminal which allows the user to select a bike, consult their account, view availability of bikes and stands at other stations, check the station map. Bike stands are used to secure the bikes by means of a locking system specifically designed for the service. (Sources: veli-k.ru and wiki).

Moscow - VeloBike - Russia’s first automated bike sharing system launched on 1st June 2013. The launch was the result of persistent grassroots activism (activists and street artists) led by Anton Polsky. They created a map called USE/LESS which marked possible cycling routes, rental points, parking places, dangerous junctions and interesting landmarks and cafes. Through this the Moscow Department of Transport & Road Infrastructrure Development became involved. With counterparts in New York, London and Copenhagen, Moscow city authorities developed its bike sharing program in a matter of months. The initial system was funded by the Bank of Moscow, while an updated system is now also funded by Sberbank. (Sources: thinkrussia.com and wiki).

St. Petersberg VeloBike - this network was launched in July 2014, initially comprising 200 + bikes and 29 rental points spread across the city centre. The system closes for winter on 31 October. Bank of Moscow funded the project. (Sources: velobike-spb.ru and thinkrussia.com).