Users of Wrocław’s citybike rental scheme can get even more for their money this month thanks to a promotion from operators Nextbike.
Cyclists normally get the first 20 minutes of their ride free, however for the month of June the free period has been extended to an hour.
The promotion is in place as a way of saying sorry for the delay in getting the scheme up and running this year. The system started on March 25th with 1000 bikes, however that number has now doubled.
Changes for 2019
In addition, as many as 40 terminals allow users to register a Nextbike account. That’s 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’ citybikes. These include tandem bikes, electric bikes, folding bikes, handbikes and bikes with a storage box attached. It’s possible to rent all of those bikes for an additional fee, but you must dock them designated stations.
On top of that, a lot of the standard bikes have seven gears instead of three.
Last but not least, the new system allows ‘remote parking’ of the bikes, as is currently the case with the Lime-S electric scooters. However, users have to pay an additional 3zł for the privilege.
It is also possible for users to gain credit from bikes left out on the street. Anyone who picks up a parked citybike 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.