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Highlights – Perfect companions: cycle tourism and public transport

04.10.2018
Mobit bikes

This session looked at how cycle tourism could connect to wider mobility networks. Research has shown that cyclists are more likely to choose public transport for their day-trips and/or reach their holiday destinations compared to the average tourist. Unfortunately however, it is often far from easy to combine different modes currently in Europe. 

The four speakers gave some good practice examples that prove that it does not have to be that complicated.

Martin Bethge started by presenting the work of Flixbus, the coach company which provides many connections across Europe with bicycle carriage.  Martin explained that as well as the environmental benefits of installing racks, on an increasing number of routes it makes economic sense as well.

Joeri de Visser, the Product Manager at Blue-mobility, looked at how tourism can help improve the service of shared-bike schemes. At the moment such schemes are underused during the evenings and at the weekend and so Joeri explained that Blue-bike, the national shared-bike scheme of Belgium, would like to unlock the potential offered by touristic use.

Bernard De Groote, CEO of Mobit Belgium, presented another form of bike-sharing – this time with station-less bikes.  As well as providing a useful tool for cycle tourist the Mobit platform will create a unique source of data which will be valuable to tourism bodies.

Session F_Bernard De Groote (3)

“Let’s digitalize bicycle renting!”

The final speaker was Daniel Mourek from the Czech National EuroVelo Coordination Centre, Nadace Partnerství. Daniel presented the user experience of combing cycling and public transport. He considered what influences user’s choice of transport mode and identified measures that could encourage more people to combine cycling and public transport. In particular, he mentioned how important it is for cycle tourists to have the opportunity of taking a bike in the train. As a result, train and bus stations should be signposted on all EuroVelo routes.

Session F_Daniel Mourek (6)

Throughout the session there were lots of questions for the speakers and there were 10 mins after the final speaker where the audience could share their view on how we can increase the number of good practices in the years to come.