About Gobike

It all began in 2008...

2008
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2008

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In 2008 the visionary designer Eduard Sentis sat in Barcelona, Spain. He wanted to design a beautiful unisex electric city bike. Eduard lives in the hills outside Barcelona and saw a need to develop a bike share bicycle which makes it easy to ride in hilly cities, while at the same time create a beautifully designed piece of urban furniture that will fit elegantly into a city. He then designed such a bicycle and had it put into production. 80 bicycles were installed and put into operation in the town of Granollers, outside of Barcelona, and the project was in operations for 3 years.

 

 

 

2010

In 2010, Eduard met Jeffrey Dost who is from the Netherlands but now lives in Barcelona. Jeffrey works with urban mobility and was on the lookout for a bicycle system to complement the car park systems he had been working with in the Netherlands.

It had to be a Park & Ride solution. The two men decided to work together and Jeffrey set out to find cities interested in implementing new bike share solutions.

After this speech Jeffrey was contacted by CPH city officials (Niels Hoe among others) about the fact that CPH was preparing a tender for a new city bicycle sharing system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2011

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In 2011 Jeffrey Dost travelled to Copenhagen, Denmark to attend an information meeting about the upcoming bicycle share tender process to be issued by the cities of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg, and the Danish National Railway (DSB). At this meeting he met Torben Aagaard, who was also in attendance. The ambitious pair was encouraged to work together to deliver a solution that would address all the goals of the two cities and DSB.

Torben next set off Barcelona for a few days to see and test the bike that Jeffrey had told him about. It was a very positive experience and Torben was impressed. The two men agreed this e-bike must be the starting point for their solution. Jeffrey had been thinking about the possibility of mounting a tablet PC on the bicycle as an alternative to the payment kiosk solutions on the market. Torben has been in the IT industry throughout his career, so quickly caught on to the advantages and potential in such a concept.

Before Torben flew back to Copenhagen, the two men had agreed to develop the world's first smart-bike bike share system and to participate in the tender process to deliver a solution in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg. They teamed up with Software Expert Kasper Larsen to found the company Gobike and enter a bid for the tender. Since then a team of highly skilled experts has been added to further develop the concept and the solution. 

2012
test.pngIn January 2012 Gobike was pre-qualified in the Copenhagen tender process and it became time to expand the team. Martin Jorgensen joined the project as a partner to help develop the project and provide funding. Kasper Kjærbye Larsen also joined the team as a partner. Kasper was responsible for designing and developing the software platform for both the tablet PC and the underlying bike share fleet management system. Torben and Jeffrey continued to develop the Gobike commercial organization by establishing a consortium of partners and suppliers.

Success! On June 1st 2012 Gobike was named winner of the Copenhagen tender and the contract was signed in December 2012. Gobike was now set to deliver the new bike share system is the World’s Cycling Capital.

In June 2012 Torben Dyrvig and Peter Stig Andersen joined the Gobike team, bringing their experience in public transportation, contract management, and project management. Both Torben and Peter become partners in December 2012.


 


2013

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I 2013 Torben Aagaard contacted Lars Bruhn to help raise capital. Lars said yes, and went on to assume the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors for Gobike. In July 2013 a group of private investors, inspired by what they have seen and heard, invests in Gobike.
In August 2013 the official Gobike unveiling ceremony took place at Flintholm Station in the city of Frederiksberg. The brand name of the system operated in the Copenhagen Region will be Bycyklen. As part of the ceremony the first 50 test bikes are brought into service in front of a large crowd including many international visitors. The Danish Transport Minister was on hand to cut the ribbon.

The official unveiling of the Gobike system intrigues tech types around the world, and residents in the Copenhagen Region are satisfied to see a new world-class bike share solution. This is just the beginning! With the first 50 test bicycles out on the streets, a team is deployed to test the system and its resilience through the harsh Danish winter.


2014

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At the beginning of April 2014, the system in Copenhagen was opened for public use, following a successful closed test phase. Another 200 bicycles were put on the streets, bringing the total to 250 bicycles. There are also 20 docking stations located throughout the cities of Copenhagen and Frederiksberg, where bicycles can be accessed and delivered.
In August 2014 long-term funding is finalized for the expansion of the system in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg. By spring 2015 the system in Copenhagen will reach 1,860 bikes, 100 docking stations, and 2,790 docking points. Inline with Gobike’s plans for international expansion, Gobike has won projects in Stavanger, Norway; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; and Barcelona, Spain. The first stage of the order in Barcelona is targeted at tourists and includes 40 bicycles. These bicycles have been delivered and are now in operation.