What if you could borrow a (e-)bike at any place and time in your city?

There's a new way of getting around Lisbon: bike sharing. Being the first one in the world with easy conversion from electrical to conventional bike, it's the perfect solution for a greener public transport network.
Integrated mobility

Changing the cities from Grey to Green

Affordable, practical, environmentally friendly and stress-free way. Bike sharing is the best way of getting around in the city. Siemens, with all the technological, management and operational expertise, together with Órbita, a company with vast experience in the bike manufacturing business, developed an innovative Bike sharing solution in Portugal which can be replicated worldwide.

Being known for its hills, a bike sharing system with easy conversion from conventional to e-bike is the perfect solution for cities like Lisbon

The bike sharing service is becoming part of a wider transportation program throughout the world where conventional and electrical bikes play a major role. It has become a precious tool in terms of fleet management, public transport and tourism, and nowadays, the cycling initiatives including infrastructures like bike lanes are becoming more a priority for a large number of cities.

Lisbon, having doubled the number of bike paths, being on the TOP 5 European cities with the fastest tourism growth in 2016 and Portugal being the biggest bicycle exporter* of the European Union as well as having the 3rd biggest bicycle manufacturer in Europe, was the perfect city to implement the first bike sharing system with easy conversion from conventional to e-bike, and vice versa, in the world.

That's why, when combining Siemens know-how and experience in Intelligent Traffic Systems, Customer Services and digitalization, with Órbita, a bike expert able to build excellent quality bikes, stations and docking stations, together developed a Siemens powered by Órbita turnkey solution for Lisbon.

Siemens is responsible for the installation and maintenance of the equipment (bikes, stations and docking stations), and for the operation of the systems, including bike relocation. In addition, Siemens will also contribute for the development of the central management system. Órbita was responsible to supply 1410 bikes, both electrical and conventional, 140 stations and 2638 docking stations.

* Eurostat (2017), Bicycles 200 years on: EU's exports and imports 2016.

Tailored solutions

Siemens is investing in big-data solutions and data analytics to manage integrated networks of data, connecting mobility along the city. That's why we've developed a Modular Service Delivery System so that the projects can be designed according to the specifications of each city and need.

It's not only about riding a bike in the city, it's about comfort and convenience - our bike sharing technology also includes:

  • Control via mobile app
  • An LCD dashboard: with speed, odometer, battery level, power level
  • Wi-fi hotspot on docks
  • Anti-theft fastening components
  • Modular structure: adaptable to each solution
  • Embedded GPS location service
  • Intelligent charging management system