Cities

Find out how Donkey Republic serves cities with a sustainable, well-managed bike-share system. We are thoughtful about creating a high-quality model that fit’s each city’s context.

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Partnerships

Bike-sharing for your employees? Your event guests? Your community? We partner with organisations from very diverse industries to make urban cycling available to as many people as possible.

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Bike owners

Build a profitable bike-share system in your city on the Donkey Republic platform. We collaborate with local operators to run their own bike-share operation in the city they know best.

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Jobs

We are a group of fierce cycling enthusiasts who work hard, challenge each other and learn fast to come up with innovative ways to solve today’s urban mobility challenges. Join the Donkey Squad.

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The Donkey what?

In 2015, we created an electronic lock and an automated, self-service bike-sharing system in a Copenhagen home basement. Since then, we’ve been taking that system on a ride around the world, while aiming to turn the bicycle into the hero of public transportation and a catalyst for greener, more liveable and less traffic-congested cities.

How the Donkeys came to be

It actually started back in 2012,  when founder Erdem Ovacik had a roommate in Copenhagen who put a few bikes out around the city that his friends could share when in need. He put combination locks on them, so that people wouldn’t have to exchange keys, but only know a code. That’s when Erdem thought: “Why on Earth isn’t there an easier way to share your bike with anybody, anytime?”

From that to the Donkey Republic operating today, it took quite a few brainstorming sessions over beers, business plans, applications for funding schemes, co-founder onboardings, locks built on sleepless nights, doors closing, others opening – and a lot of passion and resilience.

Okay, but still: what’s with the donkey?

Once, a donkey would be the most accessible, dependable and commonplace means of transportation. Nowadays, when our cities are suffocated by boxes of metal, the humble bicycle is taking the role of its hoofed ancestor as a convenient and pragmatic device of urban mobility. So there you have it – we’re the Donkey Republic because we believe that the future of mobility depends on one of the simplest, most plain and unpretentious vehicles ever invented.

The Donkey Squad