I am looking for a database of bicycle sharing systems. It does not need to be real-time (even though that would be wonderful).

Each entry should ideally have the following:

  • Name of the system (ex: Vélib')
  • Official URL (ex: http://velib.paris.fr)
  • Wikidata page if available (ex: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q1120762)
  • Number of bicycles (ex: 18200 bicycles)
  • Whether it is OK to leave bicycles anywhere or not (ex: false)
  • Number of stations, if applicable (ex: 1230 stations)
  • Name of the city (or area) of coverage, if possible as a Wikidata identifier (ex: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q90)
  • Price per use/day/month/year if applicable (ex: 0EUR/1.70EUR/NA/29EUR)

Optional but would be great:

  • hi! would you mind accepting my answer, or explaining what is wrong with it?
    – pintoch
    Nov 17, 2017 at 16:11
  • @pintoch: citybik.es has great information and could be a starting point, as you wrote. But when matching with the question's bullet list, we can easily see that its coverage is below 50%, which you correctly qualified as "quite minimal". Accepting the answer would indicate that it covers 100% of the question's requirements, and could discourage other people from posting answers about new databases that appear from time to time. Cheers! Nov 20, 2017 at 1:01

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One possible source is citybik.es, which does much more than collecting metadata about bicycle sharing systems: it also collects live info about the number of bikes in each docking station!

They have an API that can be used to list the providers that they support. For instance, the endpoint https://api.citybik.es/v2/networks will give you a JSON list of the bike sharing system that they support. Here is the metadata they have for Velib:

    "company": ["JCDecaux"],
    "href": "/v2/networks/velib",
    "id": "velib",
    "license": {
        "name": "Open Licence",
        "url": "https://developer.jcdecaux.com/#/opendata/licence"
    "location": {
        "city": "Paris",
        "country": "FR",
        "latitude": 48.856614,
        "longitude": 2.3522219
     "name": "Velib"

That is quite minimal, but it could be a starting point.


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