MONDAY 20 MARCH 2017 - 14:00 to 15:30 SESSION 2 – SUPPORT

C: Municipalities & the private use of cargo bikess Workshop

Francisco Luciano, Douze Cycles, Paris, France (Session Moderator)

Francisco is a civil engineer and town planner, who has worked in the field of urban mobility for the past fifteen years. He became interested in alternative urban logistics through his involvement in two cargo tram projects (in La Reunion and Amsterdam). In April 2014, he accompanied his son – a bike mechanic – to the cargo-bike festival in Nijmegen and liked what he saw. So, he decided to lend Richard and Gary a hand with the development of the ECLF. In 2016, he became an associate of Douze Cycles, the cargo bike manufacturer.


Lars Wichmann, Velogold, Hannover, Germany (C6)

The bike can and will carry much more everyday mobility than we can imagine today.“ The so-called „cargo bike“ becomes the omnipresent utility bike - according to the vision of Lars Wichmann.

After studying in Hannover and Milan, the graduate product designer co-founded Treibwerk, an agency for product and graphic design, established in Hannover for 16 years. When his bicycle was stolen, he dived into the Danish and Dutch bicycle culture and founded the startup VELOGOLD in 2012, which exclusively sells products for everyday life. From the very beginning, VELOGOLD has been one of the largest suppliers of cargo bikes in Germany.

In 2015, VELOGOLD and the ADFC (General German Bicycle Club) launched the project „Hannah - Lastenräder für Hannover“, in which citizens can borrow a cargo bike free of charge via the online platform. After 18 months, the initiative with 16 free cargo bikes is the largest of its kind in Germany and continues to grow. In addition, Lars Wichmann is involved in research projects at the Hanover University of Applied Sciences on the subject of city logistics on bicycles.


Isabella Klebinger, Vienna member, Forum Frei Lastenrader, Vienna, Austria (C7)

Besides her passion for cargo bikes, Isabella Klebinger is active in various sustainable networks, art collectives and in research/activism – focussing on socio-ecological and transformational processes. In her work and projects she integrates specific tools and methodologies of different fields. One of her last projects is the urban performance retreat into the street, in which she turned a Chinese tricycle into a mobile living unit and used it as a “living lab” in the streets of Vienna together with her colleague Dima Isaiev for the Vienna Biennale (2015). https://www.facebook.com/RetreatIntoTheStreets/

Since an intense research phase on cargo bikes as major mode of transport in urban quarters in 2012 her fascination for cargo bikes is ongoing. Shortly after that – in a kind of self-test – she has worked several months in cargo bike driven delivery services (without an electric motor) just to make the experience and loved it. Since 2015 Isa is an active member of Forum Freie Lastenräder (FFL, forum for free cargo bikes) and Verein zur Förderung von Lastenrädern Graz (Das Lastenrad, association for the promotion of cargo bikes). Her actual research deals with free cargo bike sharing (Freie Lastenräder). Isa studies Spatial planning at Vienna University of Technology, where she supports the Institute for Local Planning as study assistant since 2015. Isa holds the diploma certificate in textile design/serigraphy from the Fashion Institute Vienna. She is also an active founding member of an urban community garden project in Vienna: Grätzlgarten Alsergrund. Twitter: IsabellaKlebinger@raumpositionen

Alec Hager, Radlobby, Vienna, Austria (C8)

Alec Hager is spokesperson and co-founder of the Austrian cycling advocacy 'Radlobby Österreich' and initiator and coordinator of the Austrian cycling embassy 'Radkompetenz Österreich / Cycle Competence Austria'. He manages the Austrian bike-to-work campaign 'Österreich radelt zur Arbeit / Austria cycles to work' which he initiated in 2011. Of course Alec loves and rides bicycles of all kinds, but he gets really enthusiastic about cargo bikes since he co-organized the first cargo bike show in Vienna in 2009.

His background is a Vienna University degree in politics and communication science. By engaging in the struggle for changes of Vienna's transportation policy in the beginning of this millennium he stumbled into non-organizing the Critical Mass rides in Vienna, wrote as editor-in-chief for the pioneering cycling culture magazine 'Velosophie', organized the Bicycle Film Festival Vienna which is now named 'Radkult Wien Festival' and established Radlobby’s cycling training programmes in Vienna.


René Reckschwardt, mycargobike.de, Hamburg/Freiburg, Germany (C9)

René Reckschwardt studied spatial and city planning at the TU Dortmund and used to be a project coordinator (2006-2014) at the INTERNATIONAL BUILDING EXHIBITION (IBA) HAMBURG. He worked on housing projects (new-build and renovation) and a commercial park for start-ups. His project »Weltquartier« received prestigious awards (Deutscher Städtebaupreis 2014, Deutscher Bauherrenpreis 2013/2016) and can be watched here: https://www.bundesstiftung-baukultur.de/veranstaltungen/referenten/rene-reckschwardt

After buying his first cargo bike in 2013 he saw the great potencial in this smart urban mobility tool and started his own business in Hamburg: AHOI VELO CARGOBIKES – a specialist shop only for cargo bikes with the biggest variety in Europe. They sell bikes to private customers, build up customized cargo bikes and work with several companies to improve their mobility concepts. New in 2016: www.mycargobike.de

René Reckschwardt still works as a mobility counsellor for several German municipalities and supports cargo bikes to the limit.