As part of the National Cycling Plan, the TINK network project started on 1.8.2020. The project builds on the experiences of the model project TINK (Transportrad Initiative Nachhaltiger Kommunen) that took place in Konstanz and Norderstedt from 2015-2018. There, it was scientifically proven that public transport bike rental systems (TMS) have the potential to contribute to the ecological transformation of traffic as part of a municipal mobility concept. The network project will run until the end of 2023.
Within the network, 20 municipalities and municipal mobility service providers (transport associations, public utilities) have joined forces across Germany to share their experiences and try out new things. 5 more can still be included thanks to an application for an increase in 2022 (as of 1.3.22). Some municipalities already have rental systems for bicycles, pedelecs or even e-transport bikes, e.g. Mannheim, Hamburg, Offenburg. Others have little or no experience, e.g. Singen, Rinteln and Reutlingen. The focus is on knowledge transfer.
4 municipalities: Singen 2021, Dortmund & Leipzig 2022, Tecklenburger Land (4 rural municipalities join forces: Ladbergen, Lengerich, Tecklenburg, Lienen) have the opportunity to test a public transport bike rental system (Wander-TMS) for 4-6 months in a sub-project of the TINK network project. In this way, citizens and municipal decision-makers can see how a TMS is received in the municipality and develop their own rental system in the long term.
The TINK network project supports all members, e.g. if you have questions like these:
- How are rental stations selected and distributed within the municipality?
- What does a TMS cost for my municipality?
- How do I determine the fleet mix (muscle-powered & electronically assisted transport bikes)?
- Does a TMS also make sense for small municipalities?
- What do I need to consider when tendering for a transport bike rental system with transport bikes, rental stations, operators, etc.?
- How are pricing models for operation calculated?
- How does the municipality finance a TMS in the long term?
- Which transport bikes are suitable for rental operation?
- We already have a few transport bikes in the municipality and now want to transfer them into a uniform transport bike rental system. What is needed for this?
- What makes the most sense for our municipality: exchangeable battery system or charging stations?
- What funding opportunities are currently available for my municipality?
- An inclusion transport bike, what is it and what does it take for me to integrate it into the automatic rental system?
- How do I involve the public and create identification? And which stakeholders do I involve before launching a TMS? How do I design a test stand?