A few weeks later than planned, Wrocław’s bike rental scheme will return to the city’s streets on an unprecedented scale.
The bikes were supposed to be available by now, however a delay caused by “component deliveries” has set the launch back to March 25th.
As compensation for the three week delay in rolling the new system out, Nextbike are offering everyone free trips of up to one hour per use. The promotion will last for the first seven days before reverting to the usual free 20 minutes.
Initially there will be 100 stations and 1000 bikes available; in June both those numbers are set to double. In addition, as many as 40 terminals will allow users to register a Nextbike account – twice the number it was last year (you can of course also register online).
Another key change this year is the arrival of ‘non-standard’ bikes. These include tandem bikes, electric bikes, folding bikes, handbikes and bikes with a storage box attached. Each of those bikes can be rented for an additional fee and must be docked at designated stations.
On top of that, a lot of the standard bikes will have seven gears instead of three.
Last but not least, the new system also allows ‘remote parking’ of the bikes, as is currently the case with the Lime-S electric scooters. However, users will have to pay an additional 3zł for the privilege.
It will also be possible for users to gain credit from bikes left out on the street. Anyone who picks up a parked bike and successfully docks it will have 2zł credit added to their Nextbike account.
It is hoped that both the small charge, along with the bonus for docking the bikes, will ensure that the system does not cause the same ‘mess’ that the electric scooters have. If it doesn’t work, Nextbike say they are prepared to revoke the possibility of remote parking after the first month of the service relaunching.