Cargo Bike Sharing Europe: The Expert Conference

The Conference

Cargo Bike Sharing Europe: The annual expert conference
24 May 2023 | @polisMOBILITY trade fair in Cologne

Cargo bike sharing is growing across Europe. In Germany alone, cargo bike sharing is already available in more than 160 cities. Cargo Bike Sharing Europe is the first European expert conference focussing on cargo bike sharing. In May 2022, the conference was established as an annual event by at the new polisMOBILITY trade fair in Cologne. From 2023, the conference is organized by together with the industry association Zukunft Fahrrad.

The all-day programme includes thematic panels, a field trip and networking events to discuss latest developments, opportunities and challenges. Together we will showcase the huge potential of cargobike sharing for sustainable transport — especially for municipalities.

Cologne is the fitting place for that. It is birthplace of the commons cargo bike movement, had the first app-based e-cargo bike sharing system and recently e-cargo bikes became part of the public transport system. During polisMOBILITY 2023, Cologne is also hosting the general assembly of major German cities and the congress of North-Rhine Westphalia´s cycle-friendly cities who both have a cooperation with the Cargo Bike Sharing Europe conference.

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The Cargo Bike Sharing Europe Conference is hosted by the trade fair polisMOBILITY (24-26 May), which offers additional exhibition and sponsoring opportunities. For details check the polisMOBILITY webpage or get in touch with Diana Dréan @Koelnmesse:, +49 221 821 2264.


07.45 – 08.15 Press event and site visit

Cargo Bike Sharing Europe press event with photo opportunity and cargo bike test ride.
KVB Cargo Bike Sharing station, Tempelstraße corner Benjaminstraße, 50679 Köln-Deutz.

@Cologne fair / Congress Centrum West / Kristallsaal

08.15 – 09.00 Registration & soft-opening
09.00 – 09.15 Conference opening
09.15 – 09.55 Keynotes
09.55 – 10.25 One city, different systems: Cargo bike sharing in Cologne


10.50 – 11.50 Panel 1: Data: Gender, Education & Income – How do we realize “cargo bikes for all”?
11.50 – 12.30 Panel 2: Hardware and software solutions: Innovations and challenges for effective cargo bike sharing

Plenary debate: Q & A with auditory

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch break
13.35 – 14.30 Panel 3: Municipalities matter – case studies
14.30 – 15.25 Cargo bike sharing controversy

Moderation: Marco Walter, Managing Partner, Transport Bike Initiative Sustainable Municipalities (TINK) GmbH

Will cargo bike sharing depend on public funding forever or has it to become profitable?

Back-to-station, A-to-B rides or free-floating?

  • Matti Schurr, Founder avocargo
  • Sven Velthuis, Co-founder BAQME
  • Philipp Kleinschnittger, Account Manager, Nextbike

Questions & Discussion

15.30 End of closed conference


16.45 – 17.45 Stage panel “Cargo bike sharing in Europe: a growing trend“ and networking with fair visitors

Panel in German Language

Questions & Discussion

Evening Event

18.15 – 19.00 Bike ride from polisMOBILITY to evening event venue – including short cargo bike sharing site visits
19.00 – open end: Get together & buffet at cargo bike manufacturer @muli-cycles / Widdersdorferstr. 190, 50825 Cologne-Ehrenfeld / hosted by industry association Zukunft Fahrrad, city network AGFS-NRW and Dutch Cycling Embassy


Conference tickets must be booked online in advance. Lunch, dinner and access to the polisMOBILITY trade fair on 24 May are included.

Ticket discount for students, researchers and voluntary associations:

Press accreditation – please send us a proof of your journalistic work:

IMPORTANT: Please apply for the discount before purchasing the ticket by writing us directly. After purchase, the ticket cannot be discounted.


Gold Sponsor


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Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Evening Event Sponsors


The European Cyclists’ Federation is the European umbrella federation of civil society organisations advocating and working for more and better cycling.

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.

The AGFS (the Association for Pedestrian and Bicycle-friendly Cities, Townships and Districts in North Rhine Westphalia) is a network of currently 99 municipalities that promotes non-motorized means of transportation, preferably cycling and walking.

Forum Freie Lastenräder is the association of over 150 commons cargo bike sharing initiatives in Germany, Austria and Hungary with more than 500 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.


Gabriele Commisso, conference manager
+49 30 2978 1118

Arne Behrensen
Zukunft Fahrrad
+49 178 2843743

Diana Dréan
+49 221 821 2264

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The Conference

The first Cargo Bike Sharing Europe conference was held on 18/19 May 2022 in Cologne. It brought together around 100 experts from across Europe at the new trade fair polisMOBILITY in Cologne. Representatives of the European Commission, the German federal transport ministry and the City of Cologne opened the conference.


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Video message by Matthew Baldwin, EU Coordinator for road safety and sustainable mobility. Duration: 6:55