New awards for the Cyclocity bicycle sharing scheme(27/11/2012)
The Parisian Vélib’ scheme has just won a responsible tourism award for its eco-mobility efforts, while, only a few weeks earlier, the Bicikelj scheme in Slovenia won the Information Strawberry award for the best achievement for the general public in the information society field.
The Trophées du Tourisme Responsable (responsible tourism awards), run by Voyages-sncf.com for the last six years, recognise new mobility achievements that are environmentally and people-friendly. This event also aims to promote responsible travel and demonstrate that it is within everybody's reach.
The Vélib’ scheme was recognised for its activities in support of sustainable development and tourism. Paris City Hall and JCDecaux have improved access to the service and communication with tourists, namely through information for foreigners about terminals, a personalised welcome by customer services to foreign tourists, an English version of the website and official blog, a partnership with the Paris Tourist Office and a Vélib’ Visit gateway to make the process easier for tourists.
At the end of September 2012, there were over 245,500 long-term Vélib’ users; this record figure represents a 20% increase compared with September 2011. Almost 35 million journeys were made in 2012, compared to 31.3 million in 2011. 60,000* tonnes of CO2 were saved thanks to Vélib’ in the space of 5 years*.
From eco-mobility to new technologies
In October, the Bicikelj service, launched in Ljubljana in May 2011, received the Information Strawberry award from the country's largest scientific research centre, the Jožef Stefan Institute.
The mission of the Jožef Stefan Institute is the accumulation and dissemination of scientific and technological knowledge to benefit society as a whole through the pursuit of education, teaching, and research and development in the field of high technology at an international level of excellence.
The Bicikelj scheme received the award for its ease of use. Less than 18 months after its launch, almost 30,000 customers - accounting for almost 15% of Ljubljana's population - are members of the scheme. The 300 bicycles available for locals are rented at least six times a day, meaning that the bicycle sharing scheme will soon pass the milestone of one million rentals.
* based on bicycle use replacing car use and the current number of of private vehicles driving in urban areas generating on average the equivalent of 200 g CO2 per kilometre travelled (ADEME Estimates).