The re-emergence of cycling in German cities is based on political will in cities and at national level, but also on strong networks of companies, academic institutions, associations and individual experts. Selected players include:

  • The Smartest Bicycle Locking Experience. CLYC introduces a brand new user experience in smart city technology for cyclists; in the most effective and accessible way. For the first time ever, cyclists can now lock and unlock their bicycles in seconds, with no heavy lock to carry and no key to remember... just clyc. Cycling has also become vital to the pace and experience of urban life, and we believe that CLYC will help facilitate mobility in every city and finally make that experience smart.

  • coModule is the OEM supplier of connected vehicle technology for light electric vehicle manufacturers: e-bikes, e-scooters, e-motorcycles. We supply the full platform including hardware, smartphone/smartwatch application and online analytics software. Our custom built hardware is implemented into the vehicle during the manufacturing process. The white-labelled smartphone app kills all anxieties end consumers have by visualising range and battery health, tracking rides and vehicle location and allowing the user to directly communicate with the dealer or manufacturer. At the same time the online analytics software offers in-depth knowledge of the vehicles technical performance as well as user behaviour for the manufacturer.

  • The crowd sourcing application Cyface monitors road surfaces using omnipresent smartphone technology. By processing measured data the software is providing road condition evaluation in order to improve the quality of our roads. Due to the data further maintenance activities can be planned. Cyface resigns, in contrast to traditional activities, the use of expensive measuring technology. Furthermore the data can improve the intelligence of navigation by avoiding potholes and rough streets and, thus, a gentile and relaxed driving experience can be gained.

  • GraphHopper provides routing as a service. The GraphHopper Directions API allows companies and app developers to integrate sophisticated routing algorithms for their applications in the logistics and leisure sectors. Various vehicle options like bike and car combined with powerful route optimization algorithms reducing costs and negative environmental impact. The open source core of GraphHopper its technology stack for routing makes it not only a flexible but a sustainable choice for the future.

    GraphHopper GmbH

  • was founded 2013. Hinterher produces foldable cargo bike trailers in Munich for any transport need. The clear colourful design, modern ecologic production technology and its transformation ability made it successful within short. Several awards such as Eurobike Award by iF design 2015 and latest ecodesign by Bundesrepublik Deutschland make it a promising product for sustainable transport.

  • Kiezkaufhaus is the answer to dying inner cities through to increased online shopping and the resulting CO2 emission. It’s an online shop with local merchants and producers that delivers the same day with cargo bikes. So it’s faster than Amazon and in addition free of emission. It combines the comfort of online shopping with the good cause to support local independent shops. Because those are the stores which make your city individual and beautiful. If they are gone the blank spaces will be filled by anonymous franchises. So on side of less CO2 emission, it Kiezkaufhaus also reduces inner city traffic and supports the finances of a City.

  • Lastenradler sells cargobikes to companies and families and creates models to share cargobikes and to use cargobikes as common goods. In 2015 Lastenradler started the largest free of charge cargobike lending network in Germany. The network will expand in the coming month. The goal is to increase the number of cargobikes used in a city and to reduce congestions in urban areas. Different types of cargobikes are making sure, that there is a perfect solution for all requirements. New services are developed together with other Partners.


  • Lime is about empowering urban mobility. Lime is the first and only shared smart mobility solution provider that has a multimodal fleet, which includes pedelecs, electric-assist bikes, electric scooters and car-sharing. Currently in over 100 markets, Lime operates in major global cities including: Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas, San Diego, and more.

    Lime is revolutionizing mobility in cities and campuses by empowering residents with a greener, more efficient, and affordable transportation option that also improves urban sustainability. By partnering with local key stakeholders and systematically deploying a fleet of smart-bikes and scooters that are enabled with GPS, wireless technology, and self-activating locks, Lime is changing urban mobility by making the first and last mile faster, cheaper, and healthier for riders.

  • MobilityPartners, based in Munich, provides consulting, engineering and innovation for various questions around traffic and mobility. MobilityPartners cooperates with OEMs, Tier-1, local authorities, startups and transport companies as well as other organizations in the mobility market. In fields like mobility trends, automation, digitalization, mobility platforms, transportation systems and traffic management MobilityPartners offers individually tailored methods and solutions as well as concept developments. With many years of extensive experience in the monitoring and implementation of research and industrial projects from the initial idea to their successful completion MobilityPartners supports you to shape the future of mobility

  • nextbike currently has around 18,000 bikes in service and is active in 15 countries on 4 continents. Since the company was founded in Leipzig, Germany, almost 10 years ago, it has become one of the leading manufacturers and operators in the booming market for sustainable urban moblity. Large scale projects consisting of thousands of rental bikes have opened the global market for nextbike. As a highly specialised mid-sized company with its own production facility "Made in Germany", is consistently operating at the pinnacle of the global market.


  • We are hardware startup involved in the design and manufacture of electric bicycle systems. Our focus is on building the first universal bicycle trailer with electrical motor assistance. The trailer can be used with any normal or electric bicycle as a child or goods transportation solution. Due to the innovative sensor technology and motor assistance, the trailer carries its own weight and automatically follows the bicycle.

  • Raumkom is at the forefront of exploring the intersection between spatial planning and communications. We are driven by the idea that decisions regarding systems and environments that affect people’s daily lives must be both sustainable and comprehensible. Therefore we do planning with the same care as we have when creating media and moderating the exchange of ideas.

    The company’s two leading experts – Dr. Christian Muschwitz and Prof. Dr. Heiner Monheim – work daily to create synergy between science, planning and politics. Having previously worked in leading positions in government, and continuing to give lectures in academia, they are intimately familiar with the inner workings of both the federal government and the private sector.

    raumkom – Institut für Raumentwicklung und Kommunikation

  • SOTI is the world's most trusted provider of Enterprise Mobility Management solutions (EMM), with over 15,000 enterprise customers and millions of devices managed worldwide. SOTI's flagship product, MobiControl, allows enterprises to enable, optimize and secure their mobile workforce across all platforms to support corporate-liable and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies. SOTI extends secure mobility management beyond basic EMM to provide a total solution for comprehensive management and security of mobile devices deployed in an organization.

  • TWIKE is the manufacturer of one of the most innovative electric vehicles worldwide. The conceptually unique electric vehicle TWIKE is focused on intelligent and individual mobility. The third generation of this two-seated three-wheeler has been produced since 1996 and is sold on the European market already more than 1000 times.

  • Idpp is now UP Designstudio.

    Since being founded in 1994 as a design agency by Stefan Lippert in Stuttgart, IPDD has grown to be a major player in the design industry. Today ipdd stands for INDUSTRIAL PRODUCT DESIGN and DEVELOPMENT and with more than 15 employees has established itself as a major provider for product development and design in Germany.

    The interdisciplinary team of designers and engineers is developing future proof solutions for a variety of clients in both domestic and global markets. The range covers everything from e-mobility, sporting goods, power tools and medical products to capital goods, office supplies and lifestyle products. ipdd’s competence in design, development and design consulting is backed by more than 1000 successfully marketed products, almost 60 national and international design awards and over 50 design patents.

  • With a clever product portfolio upperbike bikesharing offers mobility for everyone in the field of bikesharing – simply everywhere. Just take your chance and get to know one of the easiest bikesharing systems that has already successfully been tested in Berlin, Hamburg and Vienna. upperbike bikesharing uses and integrates existing resources to make them reservable in a very easy way. Bike enthusiasts all around Europe appreciate upperbike and go on to build up this special bikesharing network in many different cities. Share your bike – just as you like!

    upperbike bikesharing

  • Velogista uses cargo bikes with electric assist to deliver goods within Berlin. Until now, our fleet consists of 5 cargo bikes, each of it with room for 250kg. Cities becoming more dense each year and parking in the second row clogs traffic visibly. Our answer regarding a sustainable future within inner cities, cargo bikes instead of motorised parcel vans!

  • As the smart-cities-agency we are convinced that climate challenges, mobility, and the question of good living have only one answer: boost cycling. As a think tank we also believe in „just do“: We set media agendas, we trigger discussions, we develop solutions. For people, cities, industries, associations, and politicians.

    Agentur für clevere Städte

  • first mile is probably Germany's prime urban logistics consultancy covering all aspects of urban delivery and last mile logistics with focus on sustainable solutions. In cooperation with other specialists we analyze, recommend and conciliate, provide capable assessments, give concrete management support or take care of project conversions all around the subjects 'green' and smarter urban logistics.

  • From Ecofys to Navigant and now Guidehouse.

    Ecofys, an international energy and sustainability consultancy, joined Navigant in November 2016. Fully integrated into Navigant's global Energy segment, they continued to provide in-depth expertise and capabilities to help their clients realize the energy transition and successful climate strategies.

    By joining forces of Guidehouse, they created the largest energy and sustainability consulting team in the industry. Our experts collaborate with utilities and energy companies, government and NGOs, large corporations, product manufacturers, and investors to help them thrive in a rapidly changing energy environment.

  • myclimate is a partner for effective climate protection – both locally and globally. The Swiss Non-Profit Organisation wants to shape the future together with its partners through consultation, education and climate protection projects. myclimate pursues this as a science-based and business-orientated non-profit organisation. With projects of the highest quality, myclimate promotes quantifiable climate protection and long-lasting development worldwide. Through these projects, emissions are reduced by replacing fossil fuel sources with renewable energies and by implementing energy-efficient technologies. With our interactive and action-oriented educational programmes, myclimate encourages everyone to make a contribution towards our future. Moreover the foundation offers consultancy on integrated climate protection with tangible added value. myclimate provides this through analyses, IT solutions, labels and resource management. Services range from simple carbon footprints for businesses to sophisticated product life cycle assessments (LCA).

  • PLANUNGSBUERO RICHTER-RICHARD was founded in 1978. Since then PRR has dealt successfully with questions at the intersection between urban, traffic and environmental planning (I.E. NOISE ACTION PLANS).

    PRR handles tasks at the intersection between town • traffic/ transport • environment in the context of planning • research • consultation with special focus on noise abatement and climate protection. To find solutions for complex tasks our approach is holistic and resilient. We work in an interdisciplinary team of town planners, traffic engineers and geographers.


  • Radverkehr-Konzept (RV-K) puts its main focus on the conceptual planning of bicycle traffic with an extensive stakeholder participation and webbased involvement of citizens.

    We are the right contact when making a directive decision concerning supporting the cycling planning. As an independent planning office we calculate and evaluate the stock of cycling infrastructure, identify shortcomings and gaps in the transport network and offer a well-structured and clearly arranged proposal for solution.

    Radverkehr-Konzept (RV-K)

  • REN MOBILITY is a multi-discipline, award-winning, advanced mobility design consultancy with a focus on the broader cultural, social and user-centered perspectives of future mobility. Our aim is to develop innovative solutions and partnerships at the interface of mobility, technology, design and urban sustainability. We combine cutting-edge technologies with advanced vehicle design architectures and systems optimised for highly integrated, connected, multi-modal urban systems and environments. Our collaborative agile approaches enable us to support organisations and enterprises through harnessing user-centered design to create innovative urban mobility products and services.


  • Creating the mobility of tomorrow: rms GmbH (Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund Servicegesellschaft mbH) provides carefully thought-out solutions in all areas of transport, especially public transport. We have planned, consulted and provided services in over 3,000 national and international projects. Together with our customers, we meet the current and future challenges of public transport across the following subject areas: Information and Sales Systems, Organisational Consulting and IT Solutions, Data Management, Mobile Services, Transport and Market Research, Quality Management, Customer Support and Editorial Department.

  • Rupprecht Consult - Forschung & Beratung GmbH is a fully independent private research and consultancy company, based in Cologne since 1996. Our mission is to contribute to sustainable development of cities and regions in Europe and worldwide. We are a committed team of internationally experienced consultants delivering quality services in the fields of urban and regional development, transport and mobility, environmental protection, information technologies and, generally, innovation to society.


    SUMP Guidelines - Developing and Implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (english version).

  • team red was founded in 2002 and working on innovation topics in mobility, transportation and tourism ever since. Offering a broad spectrum of knowledge for transportation, ranging from traditional planning to communication expertise and information technology. This promising intermodal und interdisciplinary topic guarantees a broad spectrum for international know-how exchange.

  • VCDB VerkehrsConsult Dresden-Berlin GmbH is a regional, national and international operating consulting and planning company which provides its clients with objective and independent consultancy services and sustainable solutions concerning all aspects of public transport. Hereby, VCDB’s comprehensive range of expertise and operational know-how is the basis for practical-oriented and forward-looking results in the following fields of business:

    -Rail Vehicle Technology
    -Transport Planning/Transport Engineering
    -Traffic Telematics
    -Infrastructure Planning
    -Electric Mobility
    -Assistance in Operation

academia, networks and institutions
  • The ADFC’s mission is clear: to make more people cycle more often and longer distances. We strive to make Germany a cycling nation

  • As the smart-cities-agency we are convinced that climate challenges, mobility, and the question of good living have only one answer: boost cycling. As a think tank we also believe in „just do“: We set media agendas, we trigger discussions, we develop solutions. For people, cities, industries, associations, and politicians.

    Agentur für clevere Städte

  • The generel goal of the AGFS is to create future-oriented, lively and cosy cities. Cities which are valued by their inhabitants and where individual movement is considered to be fun.

  • Modern cargo bikes with electric assist are becoming an increasingly relevant transport alternative for private households and businesses. They can carry up to 250 kg, are reliable, cost-effective, environmentally friendly and in urban areas often faster than cars. offers solutions to cities and companies on making urban transport more sustainable by cargo bikes.

  • Since its founding in 1990, Climate Alliance has been mobilising European municipalities in partnership with indigenous rainforest peoples for the benefit of the global climate. Its some 1,700 member municipalities spread across 25 European countries have committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions locally as well as to promoting climate justice via the protection of indigenous territories in the rainforests of Amazonia. Climate Alliance supports its members in their activities in numerous ways, running awareness raising campaigns on topics such as sustainable mobility and consumption in addition to developing CO2 monitoring instruments, project work and political campaigning.

  • DLR is the national research centre of the Federal Republic of Germany on aeronautics and space, transport and energy. In our research on transport at the DLR, we analyse how traffic is generated, how transport is developing, what impact on the environment this has, and how negative effects can be minimized. This involves studying peoples’ mobility behaviour and examining traffic reduction and modal shift. Further research topics include national and international trends in mobility and new technologies for coming generations of cars, commercial vehicles, and trains. Our work on traffic management ranges from the optimization of individual modes to an examination of all transport modes, including walking and cycling, to foster an intermodal, integrated transport chain. In the light of global urbanization, the DLR also researches new mobility and logistics services in cities. The Clearing House of Transport Data at DLR makes available large scale survey data to the national and international community.

    Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)

  • Radlust wants to boost the usage of cycling all segments of the daily life like professional, training, shopping and leisure traffic.

  • The UBA’s motto, For our environment (“Für Mensch und Umwelt”) sums up our mission pretty well, we feel. As Germany’s main environmental protection agency, our task is to ensure that our fellow citizens have a healthy environment where they are protected against air, water and other pollutants to the greatest extent possible. Here at the UBA, we concern ourselves with an extremely broad spectrum of issues, including waste avoidance, climate protection, and pesticide approvals.

  • Verkehrsclub Deutschland (VCD) is an association for sustainable mobility. It was founded in 1986 and has about 55.000 members and supporters. VCD offers information on sustainable means of transportation, initiates projects and lobbies for sustainable mobility.

    VCD stands up for more public transport, more cycling, more walking and better traffic safety. That means:

    -more buses and trains, better service in public transport
    -better conditions for cycling and walking
    -climate and environmental protection
    -reduction of air pollution

  • About 600 companies performing public passenger transport and rail freight transport in Germany are organised in the “Verband Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen” (VDV = Association of German Transport Companies). The VDV advises and supports its member companies and politicians, supports the exchange of experience and know-how between the members and prepares technical, operational, legal and economic principles. The VDV also represents the interests of its member companies towards parliaments, authorities, industry and other institutions. Therefore, the VDV has offices in Brussels (European office) and Berlin (capital office) besides its head office in Cologne. The regional interests of the member companies are defended by nine regional groups. Moreover, six general committees and 19 expert committees are dealing with the special challenges of the sector. More than 400 experts in very different fields do voluntary work in these committees, which results in rules (VDV Recommendations and VDV Reports).

    Verband Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen e. V. (VDV)

  • World Bicycle Relief is a nonprofit organization mobilizing people in development regions through the "Power of Bicycle". The organization builds and distributes specially-designed, locally assembled, rugged bicycles to students, healthcare workers and entrepreneurs through study-to-own and work-to-own programs. For increased sustainability, it also trains field mechanics to ensure access to maintenance and spare parts.

  • The Zweirad-Industrie-Verband e.V. (engl.: bicycle industrial association) is the national representation of interests and a qualified service provider for the German and international bicycle industry. This includes manufacturers and importers of bicycles, components, accessories and e-bikes.

    Zweirad-Industrie-Verband e.V.

Fact and Figures

Did you know that in Germany:

  • More than 10 % of all journeys are made by bike?
  • the number of bikes per capita is 0.9?
  • more than 90 million kilometres are travelled by bike per year?
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