Cargo Bike Sharing Europe: Annual Conference for Cargo Bike Sharing

Cargo Bike Sharing Europe:

The annual Conference for Cargo Bike Sharing

The Conference

Cargo bike sharing is growing across Europe. In Germany alone, cargo bike sharing is already available in more than 150 cities. Cargo Bike Sharing Europe is the first European professional conference focussing on cargo bike sharing. It is organized by Berlin-based think & do tank

The conference premiere on 18/19 May 2022 brought together around 100 experts from across Europe in Cologne at the new trade fair polisMOBILITY. Representatives of the European Commission, the German federal transport ministry and the City of Cologne opened the conference. Presentations of the conference are documented below.

The conference will take place on an annual basis. Date and location for 2023 will be announced in summer 2022.


Cargo Bike Sharing Europe Cologne 2022

The Cargo Bike Sharing Europe premiere on 18/19 May 2022 in Cologne was hosted by the new Treade fair polisMOBILITY and supported by a wide range of partners.

Partners of CBSE

Programme 2022

Wednesday, 18 May 2022: Activity and Networking Day

14:30 – 16:00 Welcome and polisMOBILITY trade fair tour @polisMOBILITY outdoorPLAZA – Koelnmesse

16:15 – 17:30 Conference opening panel @polisMOBILITY openSTAGE – Koelnmesse


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Opening panel. Video duration: 1:17:13

17:45 – 19:00 Open air presentation & test riding of cargo bike sharing systems @polisMOBILITY cityHUB – Rudolfplatz, Cologne-City

from 19:15 Networking dinner powered by TINK network and nextbike
@muli-cycles GmbH – Widdersdorfer Str. 190, Cologne-Ehrenfeld

We highly recommend to use local bike or cargo bike sharing systems:

Thursday, 19 May 2022: Conference Day

@Koelnmesse Congress Centre East, Cologne-Deutz


9:00 – 9:30 Conference Opening

  • Ascan Egerer, City of Cologne, Head of Transport Department
  • Matthew Baldwin, European Commission, Deputy Director-General for Mobility and Transport (by video)
  • Dr. Diana Huster, Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport, Head of National Cycling Strategy Project Group

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Video message Matthew Baldwin. Duration: 6:55

09:30 – 09:50 Panel I: Cargo bike sharing made in Cologne

09:50 – 10:50 Panel II: Data about users and effects of cargo bike sharing

  • 7 years of transforming everyday-mobility in Switzerland with 400 shared e-cargo-bikes – what can we learn from our data?: Mirjam Stawicki, carvelo2go
  • Commons cargo bike sharing across all Berlin districts – Primary results of an on-going user survey: Thomas Büermann, fLotte Berlin
  • No car, no problem: the societal benefits of shared e-cargo bikes: Jaron Borensztajn, Cargoroo
  • E-cargo bikes for everyone: Souren Arakelian, BAQME
  • Understanding the users of free floating cargo bike sharing service Avocargo in Berlin: Tom Weber, Nuts One

11:20 – 12:10  Panel III: Cargo Bike Sharing as a municipal service

  • London: Introducing the UK’s first Cargo Bike Share pilot: Doolin O´Reilly, Hackney Council & Phillip Ellis, Beryl
  • Kiel: Integration of cargo bikes in public bike sharing in the KielRegion – SprottenFlotte: Benno Hilwerling, KielRegion
  • Strasbourg: Cargo bikes in the shared bike service Vélhop: Pierre-Marie GARNIER, Ville et Eurométropole de Strasbourg
  • Germany‘s TINK network: Supporting municipalties in tenders and implementation of cargo bike sharing systems: Judith Wehr, TINK GmbH

12:10 – 12:40 Panel IV: Cargo bikes as opportunity and challenge for bike sharing fleets

  • Cargo bikes in public bike sharing schemes in German cities: Dennis Steinsieck, nextbike
  • Cargobikes and the augmented bike network: Beate Kubitz, Fifteen

12:40 – 14:00 Lunch Break & Poster Session: City Changer Cargo Bike project – cargo bike sharing in partner cities across Europe

14:00 – 14:30 Panel V: Partner sectors for cargo bike sharing

  • What a relief! How Cargobikes lessen the pressure on over-crowded urban areas- Cooperation with housing companies: Tobias Lochen, sigo
  • Sharing cargo bikes and cars – why it is a good idea: Thomas Geese, stadtmobil Hannover

14:30 – 15:20 Panel VI: Technical challenges and innovations

  • Radverteiler: Guidelines and infrastructure solutions for cargo bike sharing in small and medium Austrian cities: Alec Hager, KlimaEntLaster
  • Self-sufficient & easy to move: solar charging station for e-cargo bike sharing: Ulrich Schmack, Donau Donkeys
  • Towards 100 ‚cargo bike automats‘ in Düsseldorf (LastenradAutomat): Dr. David Rüdiger, City of Düsseldorf / LastenradAutomat
  • Next generation bike sharing with autonomous cargo bikes – Can one earn money with it?: Imen Haj Salah / Dr. Tom Assmann, Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg / Aura

15:20 – 15:30 Closing Panel

Sponsors 2022


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Partners 2022

The City of Cologne and Koelnmesse started polisMOBILITY to demonstrate sustainable mobility solutions for cities and regions. Between 2019 and 2021, the city subsidised the purchase of cargo bikes with three million Euros.

Bundesverband Zukunft Fahrrad is a German federal association of dynamic and innovative companies from all sectors of the bicycle industry, with a focus on (new) services.

Forum Freie Lastenräder is the association of currently 142 commons cargo bike sharing initiatives in Germany, Austria and Hungary with around 450 bikes and tens of thousands of registered users.

The company TINK advises municipalities in Germany on the introduction of local cargo bike sharing systems and organises a Germany-wide city network for knowledge exchange.

CityChangerCargoBike is an EU-funded project of 14 European cities and other partners to promote cargo bike use, including through cargo bike sharing systems.

Cycling Industries Europe (CIE) is the Brussels-based voice of cycling business. CIE Members work in Expert Groups to develop policy and technical content in key areas, including bike sharing and cargo bikes.


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Eileen Niehaus, Project Manager
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