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Go Pedelec at the Velocity 2013 (Vienna)

Several Go Pedelec! project partners will present Go Pedelec! results at the Velocity, this largest international bike conference which this year 2013 is held in Vienna, Austria:

From Go Pedelec! there are
  1. Thomas Lewis from energieautark consulting gmbh (Vienna is his home town, this year is also the "year of the bike" in Vienna) will moderate a round table on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. His part will be on Go Pedelec! results. The other moderator is Janette Heidenreich from the German city of Rostock who will present the results of the ELMOS project on pedelec rental systems (project still ongoing). Thomas will distribute many Go Pedelec! handbook copies in English as well as in German!
  2. Hannes Neupert from Go Pedelec! project partner ExtraEnergy e. V. will be present as well, mainly to represent the EnergyBus consortium.
  3. Ton Daggers, Ruud Ditewig and Walter Vogt on Thursday, June 13, 2013 (see below)
  4. Jakub Ditrich, director of ekolo.cz
Also Mirko Radovanac from Yugo Cycling Campaign (Serbia) will be there, holding a speech on June 11. We had contact with him during the Go Pedelec! project (see also this article).

If you are interested in pedelecs come and meet us at the above events or contact us beforehand in order we meet at an appointment.

Highlights on pedelecs and e-bikes as picked from the current programme

Note that on Monday, June 10, there is as well a pedelec-tour to a vine cultivator.

Round tables, Wednesday, June 12, 15:15 - 16:45

Pedelec Rental Systems: Experiences from the EU Projects Elmos and Go Pedelec
Janette Heidenreich, Rostocker Straßenbahn AG, Germany Thomas Lewis, Energieautark Consulting GmbH, Austria

The Rise of Pedelecs:
How Can We Improve Road Safety for E-bikers? Reinhard Jellinek, Austrian Energy Agency, Austria Bernd Hildebrandt, Austrian Road Safety Board, Austria

On the same day of Wednesday, June 12, 15:15 - 16:45

Parallel to round tables and "lightning talks"!

E-Bikes Included! Experiences and Strategies of Smart (E-) Cyclists Sandra Wegener, Michael Meschik, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria

Public Transportation in Rural Areas by Linking Express Buses and Electric Bikes Caterina Kaup, University of Applied Sciences Wismar, Germany

E-Bicycles: Benefit or Risk? Results from the Projekt SEEKING - SAFE E-BIKING Peter Saleh, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
"Lightning Talks"
Parallel to lectures and round tables!

Electrically-Assisted Bikes: A Way of Mainstreaming Cycling to Work? Sally Cairns, TRL, United Kingdom

On Thursday, June 13

"Lightning Talks", 10:00 - 11:30
Cycle Tourism Using Pedelec in the Heritage Island of Okinawa Hariuhiko Yamasaki, Ryukyukokusaikogyo Co Ltd, Japan Hirotaka Koike, Utsonomiya Kyowa University, Japan
Workshops, 10:00 - 11:30
Session "Are E-bikes the Future or a Trojan Horse?"
Chaired by Walter Vogt,

Is the E-Bike a Trojan Horse? The Implications of the Rise of Electric Bicycles
Walter Vogt, University of Stuttgart, Germany Ruud Ditewig, Municipality of Utrecht, Netherlands Ton Daggers, IBC, Netherlands

Electric Bicycles and the New Frontier of Urban Cycling:
Four Years of E-Bike Development Policies in Chambery Nicolas Mercat, Inddigo-Altermodal, France
Speed Datings
Promotion and Financial Support for 52 E-Bikes in Austria
Iris Ehrnleitner, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water, Austria

The Most Flexible and Cost-Efficient European E-Bike Rental Solution
Andreas Lohner, Lohnerwerke

Further various interesting speeches etc. on cycling

Tuesday, June 11

Lectures, 15:45 - 17:15
  1. The Bicycle Boom in Serbia Mirko Radovanac, Yugo Cycling Campaign, Serbia
  2. Who Thinks of Budapest as a Cycling City? David Vitezy, Virág Bencze-Kovács, BKK Centre for Budapest Transport, Hungary

Wednesday, June 12

  1. Podium discussions 10:30 - 12:00
    1. Marriage Counseling: How Bicycles and Public Transport Can Make It Work ** Chair: Michael Szeiler, Rosinak Partner
    2. Bicycles and Public Transportation in Prague: Combining Various Forms of Mobility Tomáš Prousek, Pragues Integrated Transport Authority, Czech Republic
    3. Chances, Difficulties and Special Needs of older Cyclists Carmen Hagemeister, University of Dresden, Germany
  2. Round tables 10:30 - 12:00
    1. A Closer Look at Bicycle Culture: Is Austria Really so Different From the Netherlands? Martijn Kiers, David Suppan, FH Joanneum, Austria
  3. Workshops 15:15 - 16:45
    1. Trouble in Paradise ** 10 Cycling Mistakes of the Dutch and the Danes, and How You Can Avoid them! Niels Trslv, City of Copenhagen, Denmark Saskia Kluit, Fietsersbond, Netherlands
  4. Lightning talks 15:15 - 16:45
    1. Leaving the Red Lights Behind! Green Waves for Cyclists in Congested Cities ** Felix Beyer, Rosinak & Partner ZT GmbH, Austria

Thursday, June 13

Lectures, 10:00 - 11:30
  1. Let the People Ride: Public Bike Sharing Schemes Chair: Burkhard Stork, ADFC
  2. Within this session: Launching the Bike Sharing Scheme for Budapest. Curiosities and lessons learnt Lászláo Vértesy, BKK Centre for Budapest Transport, Hungary Virág Bencze-Kovács, BKK, Centre for Budapest Transport Hungary Péter Dalos, Trenecon-Cowi Consulting and Planning Ltd, Hungary
  3. Zurich`s New Bicycle Master Plan Urs Walter, City of Zurich, Switzerland
  4. "Bicycle Traffic in Munich": Implementation and First Results Elisabeth Zorn, City of Munich, Germany
Round tables, 10:00 - 11:30
  1. Can Monetary Incentives Balance Asymmetric Travel Demands in Public Bicycle Sharing Systems? An Agent-based Simulation Florian Waldner, University of Vienna, Austria
  2. To Pay or Not to Pay, That`s the Question: A New Phase in Bicycle Parking in the Netherlands Wim Bot Fietsersbond, Netherlands
Round tables, 13:30 - 15:00
  1. Bike Sharing Systems in Integration with Public Transport: Second Phase of the Evaluation of German Model Projects Thorsten Koska, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy, Germany
  2. The Dublin Public Bikes: Impact Upon the Thinking of Those Living Near Bike Stations and Additional Unpredicted Ripple Effects in the City Damien áO Tuama, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  3. Inspiration for Designing Cycle Infrastructure: A Plea for A Quality Leap in the Design of Cycling Infrastructure. Tested on an Actual Case in Vienna
  4. Bike Sharing Integration by Multimodal Trip Planning Francisco J. Pe~narrubia, SCOLAB Software Claborativo, Spain
Podium discussions, 13:30 - 15:00
  1. No Bikes on the Balcony: How to Improve the Quantity and Quality of Private Bike Parking in a High Density Cycling City Antje Hammer, City of Basel, Switzerland
  2. Stimulating Cycling Through Bicycle-Friendly Housing Projects Michael Szeiler, Rosinak & Partner ZT GmbH, Austria Markus Schuster, Herry Consult, Austria
Lectures, 13:30 - 15:00
  1. Too Small for Cycling Promotion? Successful Model Strategies in Small and Medium Sized Swiss Cities Julian Baker, Kontextplan AG, Switzerland
  2. Using Cargo Bikes for Last Mile City Centre Logistics Rob King, Outspoken Delivery, United Kingdom
  3. Are Cargo Bikes Compatible with Conventional Transport Modes as Delivery Vans in the Urban Area? Ton Daggers, IBC, Netherlands
Breaking Mental Barriers, 17:15 - 18:45
  1. The Fear of Cycling: Why Do People Think Cycling is Dangerous, and What Can We Do About It? Dave Horton, Sociologist and writer, United Kingdom
Friday, June 14
  1. Sharing the Road No Matter Its Form and Design: A Cycling Story from Kampala to Inspire the Rest of the World. Amanda Ngabirano, Urban Planner and Scientist at University of Makere, Uganda
  2. Fresh Wind: The Cycling Strategy for Vorarlberg, Why Vorarlbergers Cycle Twice as Much as the Average Austrian? Gernot Kiermayr, Vice Mayor of Bregenz, Austria Martin Scheuermaier, Provicial Government of Vorarlberg, Austria
  3. Towards a Culture of Excellence in Constructing Cycling Infrastructure in a Previously Car-Dominated City: How a Public Administration is Searching for New Standards in Cycling Infrastructure and Working With User Groups Bruno Coessens, Belgium
  4. HELP! Too many bikes! Can the Dutch City of Groningen Increase Cyclings` Mode Share from 50% to 65% by 2020 While Also Making Bikes Less of an Inconvenience for Everyone Else? Jaap Valkema, Erwin Tollenaar, City of Groningen, Netherlands
  5. Using Cycle Super Highways to Improve Non-Motorized Mobility in State Municipalities Ulrich Malburg, Ministry of Transport North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany
  6. Public Bikes and Public Transportation: Formal and Informal Links Ricardo Marques, Vicente Hernandez, University of Seville, Spain
  7. Cycling Goes Rural: Two Cycling Scientists on Action Research for Rural Cycling Culture Evelyn Eder, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, Austria Tadej Brezina, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  8. "Cycling is Cultural, We Aren`t in the Netherlands!" or: Why Many French Cities Don't Care About Cycling Frédéric Héran, University of Lille, France
  9. 30 km/h in Cities. Both for Cars and Bicycles! Erik Kjærgaard, Atkins Danmark, Denmark
  10. How to Manage Bicycle Parking in Dense Urban Areas Without Building Expensive Bike Parking Stations. The Case of Berne, Switzerland Roland Pfeiffer, City of Berne, Switzerland
  11. Central and Eastern Europe Cycling Strategies Chair: Matthias Grätz, Baltic Environmental Forum Bicycle Planning as Part of a Sustainable Mobility Culture in Central and Eastern Europe: Skills and Competences Matthias Grätz, Baltic Environmental Forum, Germany Thomas Hefter, Institute for Social-ecological Research, Germany
  12. Czech Cycling Cities and Czech National Cycling Strategy: Initiative of the Charter of Uherske Hradiste Jaroslav Martinek, Radka Zakova, Centrum Dopravnáho váyzkumu, Czech Republic

Go Pedelec! -> new project "Modellregion Graz Umgebung"

In southern Austria, province of Styria, a new pedelec dissemination project started in spring 2013, lasting for two years, which continues the core activities of Go Pedelec!. Also electric cars are included in the project design.

It is some sort of "mini Go Pedelec!" project because all activities which were key in the Go Pedelec! project will be done also here which are
  1. Pedelec roadshows (already started)
  2. Pedelec workshops for municipal decision-makers and
  3. Pedelec trainings for experts.
  4. A survey among final customers (already started)
  5. an overview on best practices with pedelecs and electric cars in Austria and in Europe
The Go Pedelec! results can be very well used for the work. Activities are confined in this national project to the Austrian region of so-called "model region Graz and surroundings" (city in southern Austria), in German: "Modellregion Graz Umgebung".

Also a sales guideline (in German) for rental system suppliers is going to be published at the end of the project (mid 2015).

Two Go Pedelec! partners participate in the project, the city of Graz as full partner and, subcontracted by the city, energieautark consulting gmbh. Within the project they are responsible of the pedelec road-shows, the workshops and the trainings.

The eBike Dolomiti

The ebikedolomiti.

Also this year 2013 Hannes Neupert will disseminate the results of Go Pedelec! (he already did so in 2012) at this big bicycle and pedelec event in South Tyrol.

This event is still easily overlooked outside South Tyrol as it seems, however, as Hannes reported already last year (2012), it is greatly organised and provides lots of valuable information with great speakers and also real bike tours. So if you happen to do some holidays during that time in the region and are interested in pedelecs this is a must!

Go Pedelec! in Serbian parliament

The Hungarian Go Pedelec! project partner, Norbert Merkel from Miskolc Holding (Miskolc is a large city in the east of Hungary), participated on May 15, 2013, in an international conference in Beograd, Serbia. The conference was about "Sustainable Urban and Transport Planning" and was held in the Serbian parliament.

Norbert took 80 printouts of the English version of Go Pedelec Handbook from Hungary with him to the conference. The 80 copies were given away to interested persons within only one hour!.

Conference participant reading the Go Pedelec! handbook in the Serbian parliament in Beograd.

During the Go Pedelec! project we already had contact with Serbia via the non profit association "Yugo Cycling Campaign" who does events and initiatives to promote cycling in Serbia and recently has discovered their interest also in pedelecs. They asked for help during the Go Pedelec! project for having a pedelec to show it to people in Belgrade - even one pedelec would have been enough by that time (2011). Unfortunately, we could not manage by then to get any pedelec to Serbia.

However, see here at least the video which proves that Milan Boric from the Yugo Cycling Campaign is highly interested in pedelecs. The video shows him at the start of the Go Pedelec! test ride we had during Cities for Mobility conference in 2012.

Anyone interested in bringing pedelecs (pedelec manufacturers?) to Serbia please contact Milan ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) or the president of the Yugo Cycling Campaign (Mirko Radovanac, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). We are sure you will be welcome and get some helpful support in the promotion to the public and in particular to the cyclist sector of Belgrade.

The Go Pedelec Handbook

Now available: The Go Pedelec! Handbook which informs you about many things on pedelecs which you will not have known even though you might have already intensively dealt with the topic - be it as a final customer or as a municipal decision maker.

Download the various language versions here:
  1. http://www.gopedelec.eu/handbookEN
  2. http://www.gopedelec.eu/handbookCZ
  3. http://www.gopedelec.eu/handbookNL
  4. http://www.gopedelec.eu/handbookDE
  5. http://www.gopedelec.eu/handbookHU
  6. http://www.gopedelec.eu/handbookIT

Some of you the handbook layout and some articles will remind of the well-known ExtraEnergy test reports. But note: We have created a lot of new stuff for this handbook part of which you can find described briefly below (highlights).

Please note that besides the handbook there are further important results from the project which you may download for free.
  1. A comprehensive handbook on pedelecs, which is interesting for you in particular also if you have a dual role as end user and municipal decision maker. It is the key written project output and has been actively requested as printout version more than 25,000 times in Germany alone. Versions are available in English, Czech, Dutch, German, Hungarian, Italian and about to come in Spanish, French and even Chinese.
  2. A final public report, summarising all project results
  3. A document with information on pedelecs for municipal decision makers (in English and German)
  4. A market survey among the project's three key target groups: final customers, municipal decision makers and retailers plus a final evaluation report based on a further survey on pedelecs on the same three target groups in six countries including the conclusion about the overall project impact.
  5. A collection of "best practice examples" (case studies for the integration of pedelecs into mobility strategies from the six Go Pedelec! partner countries compiled by the Go Pedelec! project partners)
  6. A document on pedelecs and renewable energy
  7. A poster collection on pedelecs (in English and German, freely editable)
  8. A brochure, specifically developed for municipal decision makers.
  9. A brochure with tips and tricks for final customers
  10. Besides the central website Go Pedelec! five national websites: Italian, Hungarian, Czech, Dutch and German (plus an Austrian one).
  11. A document on legal issues on pedelecs (update from the according paper from the Presto! project)
  12. A market assessment on the European pedelec market situation
  13. Videos on pedelec issues and project activities.

    Additionally, we've also carried out the following events. Those were key elements of the project, however, they are not longer available (at least not via the Go Pedelec! project as such):
  14. Public pedelec roadshows: Road shows are no longer available as part of the project but
    1. we give you ample advice how to organise your own road-show in the document for municipal decision makers
    2. you may book a road-show in Europe at Go Pedelec! project partner ExtraEnergy e. V. (calendar at http://testitshow.org/de/Termine)
    In total, more than 15 road-shows have been held in the partner countries including two events somehow on an exceptional basis what regards the project proposal, because they were not held in partner countries but in Brussels/Belgium. At the road shows 9912 persons tried out a pedelec.
  15. Pedelec expert trainings: Training sessions were conducted from January 2012 to March 2012. In some countries such as Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and Italy these trainings are continued after the project's end. For those of you who are not only interested in the product as municipal decision makers or as final customer but also at expert level: a transcription of lectures on expert trainings (currently only in German, not yet publicly released. Book publication planned.).
  16. Workshops on pedelec issues held for municipal decision makers, e. g. see a report here on a workshop held at the Cities for Mobility annual conference 2012.

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