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It all started en Berlin...
It began in Berlin...
Back in May 2012, Graham Pope and Pau Simo were interested in creating a bike sharing system that was not based on money but on karma, trust and community.
With limited resources they developed a centrally-run free system, that would allow anyone to borrow a bike. They had previous hospitality club (eg couchsurfing) experience and imagined that using a similar trust system would work even in a skeptical and capitalist world.They established a website and developed a rudimentary booking system for three bikes they had donated or received from others. On 15th June 2012, the first BikeSurfBerlin (BSB) bike was lent to its first BikeSurfer...
Since that time BikeSurfBerlin has lent bikes to nearly 1000 BikeSurfers. The BSB Team has increased to over ten active members who dedicate their time and skills to running and developing the project.
The BikeSurf philosophy seeks to allow people the chance to appreciate the world from a saddle: going green, healthy and cheap. There is also the more intangible social value of the project. Such sharing projects encourage people to communicate, share resources and develop a stronger sense of community.