In late March, the new public bike sharing system in Copenhagen was launched. In late May, Aarhus will follow with 30 new light-weight public shared bikes.
250 brand new and high-tech bikes have been introduced in Copenhagen. The bikes are electric powered and has a built-in tablet. The tablet provides Internet and GPS connectivity, and everything from error reports and user behavior data can be collected. Furthermore, sharing experiences and routes on social media can be done from the Android tablet.
The first 250 are already up and running, but the plan is that a total of 1850 bikes should be available after the summer. Cykel.dk and Gobike is responsible for the delivery of the new city bikes. Niklas Marschall, CEO of Cykel.dk explains: “During a test period, the 250 bikes must deliver what they are expected to. On the basis of this, it will be decided whether or not more bikes should be put into use.”
In Aarhus, Denmark’s second largest city, a new public shared bike is also on its way. In late May, 30 new bikes will be available from Aarhus central station. Just like in Copenhagen, the bikes in Aarhus will have to go through a period of testing before they are implemented on a larger scale. The bike sharing system in Aarhus can be used by everybody, but is primarily aimed towards commuters working in Aarhus:
“This is the first introduction of a bike-sharing-system in Aarhus. It is a very serious contribution to making daily commuters use a combination of train and bike. Everybody can rent it, but it is primarily aimed towards the commuters going in and out every day,” says Pablo Celis who is in charge of Aarhus Cycling City.
The bike can be rented on an hourly, daily and even monthly basis, and is available from around June 1st.