In 2016, UIP took over the operation of Oslo City Bike on behalf of Clear Channel Norway. UIP is responsible for all financing, operation, technology, and development of the service.
By the end of its first season, the new Oslo City Bike had achieved over 2,000,000 trips, a 110% increase from the previous system in 2015. Based on trips per bike per day, Oslo City Bike is now one of the most efficiently operated bike sharing systems in the world.
In July 2018 we launched Bergen City Bike, Bergen's first permanent, year-round bike sharing scheme. After two summers with our temporary systems, the people of Bergen are happy to have bike sharing as a long-term and sustainable mobility option. Bergen's system features our custom hybrid locks, innovative system design, and user-friendly apps. We provide the resources for efficient operations and an exceptional customer experience.
We launched Trondheim City Bike in May 2018 with an all-new system design featuring updated bikes and docks, and hybrid locks that allow for virtual stations using geofencing technology. We also manage system operations and customer service, and will continue to develop and expand the system over the next years.
In January 2018 we began piloting a new mobility solution in Oslo: electric cargo bikes. Though a project with Hertz Bilpool, we're offering cargo bikes for short-term rentals. The bikes feature our unique hybrid lock, and the pilot will study how the cargo bikes are used as a transitional mobility solution between car sharing and bike sharing. Read more about the project at Medium.
UIP took over the daily operations of Oslo Lehus (Oslo's bus shelters) at the beginning of 2018. We will soon begin building new and replacing existing bus shelters around the city, with 200 construction sites in total. These shelters will feature a modern design, real-time travel information, and USB charging ports.