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2013.06.13 15:39

From mid-July, Vilnius residents and visitors are offered self-service rental bikes

DELFI|The Lithuania Tribune2013.06.13 15:39

As part of a Vilnius City Municipality initiative, JCDecaux will open 24 bike stations in the city centre that will offer riders more than 200 bikes for rent, starting from July 15. 

As part of a Vilnius City Municipality initiative, JCDecaux will open 24 bike stations in the city centre that will offer riders more than 200 bikes for rent, starting from July 15.

Vilnius City Municipality informed that the investment into the project reached 6.4 million euros.

At the rental stations, bikes will be available for rent on a 24/7 basis, the municipality promises. The stations will be distributed at distances of 300-400 metres from each other. The bike rental season will last until 15 October.

According to Vilnius Municipality, every year, the amount of bike rental stations is set to grow. The plans are that the next year, the amount of bike rental stations will increase to 36, while the amount of bikes is to reach 300.

Those wishing to use the service will have to pay a 20 Lt registration fee. The first half hour of rental will be free. The second half hour will cost 0.45 euros, the third – 1.45 euros, the fourth – 3.5                                                                                                                                                                                                       euros.

Cyclists will be able to use the system by connecting their ‘Vilniečio kortelė’ (Vilnius resident’s card) or with a ‘CycloCity’ card, the latter will cost 8.7 euros. The rental fees will be paid out of this initial value.

This bicycle rental model was first introduced in Vilnius in 2001. Similar systems now exist in Paris, Dublin, Brussels, London and 64 other cities around the world.                                 

  

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