History of the bike sharing systems

First generation bike sharing system:
"Find it, ride it, leave it"

The invention of the public bike sharing system can probably be attributed to the Dutch. More specifically, it was a movement known as "Provo" that provided white bikes all over the city to be used by the public for free as part of the group's extremely unorthodox "White Bicycle Plan". The year was 1966 and the idea was quite simple: "Anyone who sees a bike can use it and simply leave it for the next user". But there was a problem with the "simply leave it". Although they weren't in the best condition, the bikes would "disappear across the entire Netherlands". To prevent these disappearances, the idea was developed further and a deposit was required. The deposit was usually so ludicrously low (in order to keep usership as high as possible), however, that some found it worthwhile to "temporarily privatise" the bike (i.e. take the hire bike and use it with their own bike lock).

Second generation bike sharing system:
"A registered bike with a deposit"

Hire bikes could now only be used with a chip card or a deposit card.

This meant that potential users had to register to receive their chip card.

Subsequently, the bikes were locked at certain locations, which led to the emergence of the first cycle-hire stations.

Third generation bike sharing system:
"Back to the Roots"

Telephone boxes served as collection points and hire stations. Bikes also had to be returned to a docking station, but this was only restricted to a certain area. By calling the control room, users would receive the lock combination for a hire cycle. The hire charge was then deducted from the user's credit card account.

Fourth generation bike sharing system
"Powered by Sycube"

How can Sycube maintain that it was the creator of the next generation bike-sharing system? One simple reason: We are setting new standards with our innovations, principally in cycle-hire systems with docking stations.


  • Because there is no other bike sharing system as modular and scalable in existence.
  • Because we can deliver stations regardless of the bike manufacturer.
  • Because our bike sharing systems are energy self-sufficient.
  • Because unnecessary excavation works are no longer required thanks to the special base plates.
  • Because customers can register not only using by smartphone, internet or telephone (call centre), but at the terminal itself too.
  • Because data is sent in real time to the back office, thereby reducing long waiting times for customers.
  • Because user guidance is straightforward and intuitive in multiple languages.
  • Because we offer e-Bikes as well as standard bikes, or a mix of both if desired.