Schimmelpennink bikes toward the future

Shared transportation system springs from 17th century city design and countercultural thinking

By Michael Hughes

 The Dutch godfather of bike sharing aims to become the apostle of shared electric cars.  

Luud Schimmelpennink spent much of his professional career designing production lines and products. But in his off time, one of ISE magazine's 2017 Engineers Who Make a Difference spent decades designing a vision of city life centered on the humble bicycle. Now the world has more than 1 million shared two-wheelers, with more than 700,000 in China. Schimmelpennink estimated at least 300,000 in the Western world, with working bike-sharing systems in Paris, Lyon and Villeurbanne, France; Copenhagen; Helsinki; Vienna; Antwerp, Belgium; and Great Britain.

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