MVGmeinRad

    Key points of the project

    Season ticket customers can register using the e-ticket that MVG is planning to introduce.

    Status In Operation
    Objective Comprehensive bike-sharing system, seamlessly integrated with public transport
    Project start Trial operation 2011, Launched spring 2012
    Stations 120 stations
    No. of bikes 1,200 City Bikes
    Tariff model Students pay a flat rate of €5 per semester from 2013 as part of a semester ticket.
    Operator model The local public transport company, MVG
    Area covered The city of Mainz and outlying settlements: Kastel, Kostheim and Amöneburg
    Terrain Urban area - flat
    System Terminal: ECO
    docking station: COMPACT
    Users Residents living on the outskirts, commuters to the business parks, students
    Sector Local authority, public transport
    Link www.mvg-mainz.de

    Objective

    To equip Mainz and its suburbs with a close-knit network of City Bike sharing stations, particularly in the areas that have been less well served by public transport to date.

    Short description

    MVGmeinRad offers residents an innovative bike-sharing system in the capital of the Rhineland-Palatinate region. In the final stage of expansion, the bike-sharing system will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    On the one hand, the MVGmeinRad bike-sharing system in Mainz aims to help remove the burden on public transport, which is heavily used by students, while on the other hand, it aims to close gaps in the public transport network, for example on industrial estates. MVGmeinRad is operated by Mainz Public Transport Company.

    Special features

    Densest network of stations in Europe
    This not only has a positive effect on uptake, but will also draw users in from the surrounding communities.

    Learning infrastructure
    Terminals that source all of their energy from solar panels have been developed specially for Mainz.

    The modular hire stations have been designed as “learning infrastructure”. The stations can easily be extended from four parking spaces to eight or twelve, meaning they can quickly be adapted according to demand. The station locations can also be moved relatively easily, as they are only secured with the base plates.

    Energy self-sufficient stations
    Each station therefore functions independently of power supply lines. Communication with the server takes place over a GSM internet connection and the electricity supply is provided by a photovoltaic module.

    Public perception

    At the outset, there were considerations regarding setting the appropriate prices for the target groups. Consequently, there are now special tariffs for students, school pupils, apprentices and cyclists.

    The media response to the bike-sharing system was extremely positive. In the press and the public perception, particular weight is given to the system's innovative character and its integration into the public transport network.

    The community building undertaken by MVGmeinRad deserves a particular mention in this context. This meant beta testers subsequently became disseminators and exchanged their experiences with our users on the Facebook page. In our opinion, this is an outstanding example of how positive emotions relating to the topic of bikes can be successfully promoted in the online community, without the need for a large budget.