Over 14 Million Kilometers Traveled on Public Bikes Operated by Clear
PHOENIX, October 1 /CNW/ - Following unprecedented demand, Clear Channel
Outdoor (NYSE: CCO) has been contracted by the City of Barcelona to increase
the number of bikes available under its Smartbike program from 1,500 today to
6,000 by March 2008.
The first bikes were operational in Barcelona in March 2007, just two
months after the contract was signed, and demand has already far exceeded
initial forecasts. More than 90,000 subscribers - nine percent of the adult
population - have signed up, and more than 2 million trips have been made
across the City.
"We are delighted to be able to offer municipalities in Europe, and
increasingly around the world, a reliable, proven and popular bike program,"
said Paul Meyer, Global President and Chief Operating Officer of Clear Channel
Outdoor. "Our bike program dovetails with existing public transport
infrastructure, improves city centre journey times and complements other
policies to reduce city centre congestion and carbon emissions such as toll
charging for cars and bike paths, that cities are increasingly implementing."
Ten years ago Clear Channel Outdoor deployed the first ever public bike
program in Rennes, France. In 2001, Oslo chose Clear Channel Outdoor to
install and operate a 1,200 bike program for the Norwegian capital, and in
2006 Clear Channel Outdoor was also selected by Stockholm to provide 1,000
bikes for the Swedish capital. Drammen and Trondheim in Norway, Gothenburg in
Sweden and Washington and San Fransisco also have selected Clear Channel
Outdoor to provide bike programs for their cities.
"The Stockholm City Bikes program is a strong complement to our public
transit system and for many people the quickest mode of transport in the city
centre," according to Mikael Soderlund, Vice Mayor, City of Stockholm.
"Additionally, it is beneficial for health and the environment. We are very
pleased that the city of Stockholm and Clear Channel Outdoor can offer the
citizens of Stockholm a well-functioning bike system."
All of the bike programs operated by Clear Channel have proven to be a
success. Nearly 4.5 million trips have been taken on the bikes by a
combination of some 160,000 subscribers and thousands of tourists. It is
estimated that in total over 14 million kilometers have been traveled on
public bikes operated by Clear Channel Outdoor.
Jan Tore Endresen, Director for Smartbikes International at Clear Channel
Outdoor, explains that advanced systems can be offered on a city-by-city and
country-by-country basis: "While we already have an excellent bike solution to
offer cities, we have many enhancements that are now available. We offer a
range of designs and the ability to pay using a variety of methods, such as
mobile phones, credit and debit cards, existing public transport payment
schemes as well as subscriber cards."
About Clear Channel Outdoor
Clear Channel Outdoor (NYSE: CCO) is the world's largest outdoor
advertising company with over 973,000 displays in more than 60 countries
across 6 continents. In the United States, the company operates over 167,000
advertising displays and has a presence in 49 of the top 50 Designated Market
Areas. It also operates airport, rail, taxi and mall advertising businesses
worldwide. Its Spectacolor (U.S.) and DEFI (international) divisions are the
global market leaders in spectacular sign displays, including in New York's
Times Square. Clear Channel Adshel is the company's international street
furniture division, which operates over 3,500 municipal advertising contracts
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