City bikes

May 28th, 2010 in Barcelona, exercise, Travel

City bikes in Barcelona

Several cities in Spain now have a public bike system. You pay 20 euros a year and you can use any of the bikes for half an hour for free. You pay half a euro for every half an hour after that for up to two hours.

In cities like Zaragoza it is working so well that there is a waiting list to join. Cities like Barcelona have run into a few snags. Barcelona is on a hill. Turns out that people like to grab a bike to coast downtown. Nobody wants to ride back up the hill so they have to truck the bikes back up hill!

I saw lots of people riding bikes in both Zaragoza and Barcelona.

4 Responses to “City bikes”

  1. ereccion says:

    Users are able to choose the specific bike they want and can pay by either by debit, credit, or a special members card. They can even report damaged bikes through the touch screen pay stations.

  2. stormy says:

    Denver just launched a bike sharing program too: http://www.bcycle.com/

  3. Chenthill says:

    nice :) I would love to have such a one in India. will check out if I can find something..

  4. You pay half a euro for every half an hour after that for up to two hours.