UIP Group operates world-class bike sharing systems in the Nordics. We offer financing, operations, customer service, and proven technology that makes bike sharing systems more efficient and ready to scale.
Bike sharing is one of the most effective ways to reduce traffic congestion, relieve pressure from crowded public transit, and improve quality of life for city residents.
In 2016, UIP took over the operation of Oslo City Bike on behalf of Clear Channel Norway. UIP is responsible for all financing, operation, and development of the service. By the end of its first season (2016), the new Oslo City Bike had achieved over 2,000,000 trips, a 110% increase from the previous system in 2015.
By the end of the second season (2017), there were: 77,000 city bikers, a further increase of 67% compared to 2016; and 4,700,000 total trips made since the new system launch in 2016.
With an average of 9.8 trips per bike per day, Oslo City Bike is now one of the most efficiently operated bike sharing systems in the world. We have integrated data analysis and prediction models into the product to fully optimize operations. This effect-based model is a more sustainable solution, as it minimizes unused resources while maximizing the overall results.
Information about available bikes and locks has been made available in Ruter, Oslo’s public transportation app. This provides live status reports of city transport, including city bikes. Offering more predictable mobility through seamless access to all transport options makes sustainable choices easier for Oslo residents.
In July 2018 we launched Bergen's first permanent, year-round bike sharing scheme. After two summers with 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 geo-fencing technology. We also manage system operations and customer service, and will continue to develop and expand the system over the next years.
The municipality of Bærum outside Oslo utilized our platform to plan, develop, and launch their bike sharing system in early June 2016. Bærum operates their bike sharing system independently.
In Fall 2018, Urban Sharing's technology was launched for the first time outside of Norway with the new Edinburgh Cycle Hire scheme in Scotland.
Bergen City Bike summer scheme (2017) From June to October 2017, UIP established a temporary bike sharing system in Bergen. The scheme was sponsored by Sparebanken vest in cooperation with the Bergen municipality. The system featured 300 city bikes across 30 stations and was a great success, with 15,000 unique city bikers throughout the season. 149,155 trips were logged during the four-month scheme, which gave the city valuable data for other municipal projects, including the procurement of a permanent bike sharing solution in Bergen.
Bergen Festival Bike (2016) From 20 May to 7 June 2016, UIP established a complete but temporary bike sharing system in Bergen that included 11 stations and 182 bikes. The system was sponsored by DNV.GL in association with Bergen International Festival. In just two and a half weeks, nearly 13,000 people registered and over 34,000 trips were completed. The goal was to create a positive disruption in the city’s mobility infrastructure and to introduce bike sharing to the people of Bergen.