Cargobike sharing: a handbook for communities

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The cargobike subsidies from klimaaktiv mobil have been extended for 2022! This good news is made even better by the publication of the first handbook for community cargobike sharing, helping people to set up their own schemes. The findings from the 3 year research project ‘KlimaEntLaster’ have been compiled into a brochure with helpful calculation examples and the publication of the handbook has been preceded by sharing schemes in Amstetten, Freistadt and Mattersburg.

National subsidies for cargobikes extended

The subsidies for eco-friendly transport offered by the Climate Protection Ministry’s initiative klimaaktiv mobil has also been extended this year. This year’s subsidy is €800 per purchase, plus a €100 shop discount and a free bike service, coming to a total value of €900. Information about the Climate Protection Ministry’s subsidies can be found here. An general overview of subsidies can be found here.

Cargobike sharing: a handbook for communities

New handbook: Cargobike sharing made easy

For the first time, there is a step-by-step handbook for communities or initiatives that explains how to set up a local cargobike sharing scheme and the costs and logistics involved. One thing is clear, the costs are minimal due to schemes being run on the free web-platform radverteiler.at, having local people responsible for the bikes, and the bikes themselves being stored in a smart garage, allowing them to be borrowed and returned by smartphone 24/7. Here is a link to the handbook.

The people responsible for the bikes will be designated by the KlimaEntLaster team as “Radlgeber:innen” or “Bike Providers”. This is similar to the ‘Grätzlrad’ system in Vienna, or the ‘Carvelo2go’ system in Switzerland who are the biggest such providers in this segment and is based on a hosting-system whereby a particular responsible person or organisation looks after the bike and has access to at least 50% of its use. Examples of how the system is used are shown below – E-Bike flower transport in Amstetten, bread and pastry transport in Freistadt.

Cargobike sharing: a handbook for communities

Included in the handbook is a calculation table in which all the financial factors for a regional cargobike sharing scheme are accounted for and filled-out with example values gathered from the pilot projects. This excel spreadsheet can be used and adapted by community projects to their individual needs. It also contains marketing tips, contract drafts and information about different cargobike models. The bike information is important, as international experience has demonstrated that the ‘long-john’ design of cargo e-bike is often the most suitable model. Despite cargo trikes appearing safer and more stable, they are not always as easy to ride as they appear.

Cargobike sharing: a handbook for communities

In the handbook, the research of the KlimaEntLaster pilot projects is summarised, but in the downloads area of the project website, there are fact-sheets containing useful data on useage. These show, for example, that users of the free pilot projects in Amstetten, Freistadt and Mattersburg mainly used the cargobikes to transport children and shopping. Only rarely were the bikes used to transport heavier or bulkier items or adults. The rental period was often longer than 24 hours and the most popular rental day was Friday, allowing users to undertake activities over the weekend.

Cargobike sharing: a handbook for communities

The KlimaEntLaster team are currently working on cargobike sharing projects in five further towns and communities using the smart rental garage. They also offer consultation and advice to communities considering starting a project themselves. The KlimaEntLaster project has been made possible by funds from the Climate and Energy Trust.

Download the handbook and more info-material here.

 

 

Published On: 15. March 2022Categories: Bicycles & Clothing, Supporters & Initiatives

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The cargobike subsidies from klimaaktiv mobil have been extended for 2022! This good news is made even better by the publication of the first handbook for community cargobike sharing, helping people to set up their own schemes. The findings from the 3 year research project ‘KlimaEntLaster’ have been compiled into a brochure with helpful calculation examples and the publication of the handbook has been preceded by sharing schemes in Amstetten, Freistadt and Mattersburg.

National subsidies for cargobikes extended

The subsidies for eco-friendly transport offered by the Climate Protection Ministry’s initiative klimaaktiv mobil has also been extended this year. This year’s subsidy is €800 per purchase, plus a €100 shop discount and a free bike service, coming to a total value of €900. Information about the Climate Protection Ministry’s subsidies can be found here. An general overview of subsidies can be found here.

Cargobike sharing: a handbook for communities

New handbook: Cargobike sharing made easy

For the first time, there is a step-by-step handbook for communities or initiatives that explains how to set up a local cargobike sharing scheme and the costs and logistics involved. One thing is clear, the costs are minimal due to schemes being run on the free web-platform radverteiler.at, having local people responsible for the bikes, and the bikes themselves being stored in a smart garage, allowing them to be borrowed and returned by smartphone 24/7. Here is a link to the handbook.

The people responsible for the bikes will be designated by the KlimaEntLaster team as “Radlgeber:innen” or “Bike Providers”. This is similar to the ‘Grätzlrad’ system in Vienna, or the ‘Carvelo2go’ system in Switzerland who are the biggest such providers in this segment and is based on a hosting-system whereby a particular responsible person or organisation looks after the bike and has access to at least 50% of its use. Examples of how the system is used are shown below – E-Bike flower transport in Amstetten, bread and pastry transport in Freistadt.

Cargobike sharing: a handbook for communities

Included in the handbook is a calculation table in which all the financial factors for a regional cargobike sharing scheme are accounted for and filled-out with example values gathered from the pilot projects. This excel spreadsheet can be used and adapted by community projects to their individual needs. It also contains marketing tips, contract drafts and information about different cargobike models. The bike information is important, as international experience has demonstrated that the ‘long-john’ design of cargo e-bike is often the most suitable model. Despite cargo trikes appearing safer and more stable, they are not always as easy to ride as they appear.

Cargobike sharing: a handbook for communities

In the handbook, the research of the KlimaEntLaster pilot projects is summarised, but in the downloads area of the project website, there are fact-sheets containing useful data on useage. These show, for example, that users of the free pilot projects in Amstetten, Freistadt and Mattersburg mainly used the cargobikes to transport children and shopping. Only rarely were the bikes used to transport heavier or bulkier items or adults. The rental period was often longer than 24 hours and the most popular rental day was Friday, allowing users to undertake activities over the weekend.

Cargobike sharing: a handbook for communities

The KlimaEntLaster team are currently working on cargobike sharing projects in five further towns and communities using the smart rental garage. They also offer consultation and advice to communities considering starting a project themselves. The KlimaEntLaster project has been made possible by funds from the Climate and Energy Trust.

Download the handbook and more info-material here.

 

 

Published On: 15. March 2022Categories: Bicycles & Clothing, Supporters & Initiatives

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