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The German State of Bavaria Seeks Model Municipalities for Cargo Bike Sharing

The "Renting a cargo bike, relieving municipalities - setting up a cargo bike rental system in municipalities" project is looking for seven model municipalities.

With this project, the Bavarian Ministry of Transport intends to:

“to test and evaluate a sustainable local freight transport system and to examine its transferability to other municipalities. The model municipalities are supported with up to 80% of the eligible costs for the purchase of cargo bikes and the accompanying investments”

The project will run from 1 September 2020 to 31 December 2022. Interested Bavarian municipalities or municipal companies can apply here until 1 July 2020.

It is expected that seven Bavarian municipalities with a population of up to 130,000 inhabitants will be selected by a jury as model municipalities. Selection criteria:

- Consideration of all parts of Bavaria

- Consideration of differences in local circumstances

- Motivation and personnel support by the municipality

TINK provides technical advice, CCCB partner is also on board

TINK Walter & Wagner GbR, in cooperation with the Munich-based agency for sustainable mobility and urban development Green City Experience and e-fect, have been appointed to provide expert advice to the model communities and scientific support for the project. TINK GbR emerged from the cargo bike sharing model project TINK in Konstanz and Norderstedt. CCCB project partner,, will be part of the expert advisory board.

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In 2019, the cargo bike fleet of TINK in Norderstedt received an additional 15 e-cargo bikes. will be involved as a partner of the TINK team in the new and more extensive model project.

“I am very curious about the selection of model municipalities and the interaction between municipalities and civil society initiatives. In many German and Austrian cities, it is mainly free civil society cargo bike initiatives that have been initiators of successful cargo bike sharing offers until now and often wish for more municipal support.”, says Arne Behrensen, freelance cargo bike expert from Berlin as well as author of the blog and company

Das Forum Freie Lastenräder 2019 in Augsburg.

Forum Freie Lastenräder 2019 in Augsburg. Photo:

For example, the commons cargo bike sharing project is already a popular movement across Germany as well as in some Austrian cities and Budapest. In 2013, the association „wielebenwir“ from Cologne started the commons cargo bike sharing project „Kasimir – your cargo bike“. Their donation-based concept of “free cargo bikes” can be used for up to three days. More than 90 initiatives are listed on the free cargo bike movements webpage

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