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Sustainable Rotterdam

The city is re-inventing itself

Citybike - free bike system

Saturday, November 25, 2006

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Talking about bikes, in Vienna we saw the free bike system Citybike combining sustainable transport solutions and product branding. Users can register directly at the terminal or at the site. "For hiring a bike you need a credit card, either from Master Card or Visa". Alternatively, Tourist Card holders may use Citybike without a credit card.

I also found free bike systems in cities like Trondheim (NO) and Copenhagen (DK). This systems differ with Citibike in the hiring aspect; those use a coin-return system similar to the one of supermarket carts, making it accessible to a larger scope of citizens.

Up to what extent it's necessary to request private data to use a free bike system?


posted by Oriol P., 11:31 AM

3 Comments:

1. It might be free in a way that everyone can use it, but it is not free of charge. After registration (€1.00) the first hour of every ride is free of charge; each hour longer costs you money. (up to €4 for one hour, parking a car is almost cheaper)
2. You are becoming a cycling advertisment for Visa that you pay for voluntarily!
3. With 50 stations of around 20 bikes that's a spread of Visa urban spam through the complete city you can't escape.
4. The people using it will be tourists or people visiting the city for a meeting.

I would pay for a good place to park my own bike, in an accessible way, where it is safe, I think that's far more interesting and is helping the citizens instead of the tourists. If this system contains some form of advertisements than that's fine with me.
commented by Anonymous A r n, 12:11 PM  
1. It might be free in a way that everyone can use it, but it is not free of charge. After registration (€1.00) the first hour of every ride is free of charge; each hour longer costs you money. (up to €4 for one hour, parking a car is almost cheaper)
2. You are becoming a cycling advertisment for Visa that you pay for voluntarily!
3. With 50 stations of around 20 bikes that's a spread of Visa urban spam through the complete city you can't escape.
4. The people using it will be tourists or people visiting the city for a meeting.

I would pay for a good place to park my own bike, in an accessible way, where it is safe, I think that's far more interesting and is helping the citizens instead of the tourists. If this system contains some form of advertisements than that's fine with me.
commented by Anonymous A r n, 12:13 PM  
in portugal, in a city call aveiro, there is also the same system, but it works like the supermarket baskets. you insert a coin, do your trip and you can park the bike everywhere in the city.
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 3:30 PM  

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