Bicing – a new service in Barcelona
April 25, 2007
Barcelona (Spain) instituted a new shared transit system in March of this year that will improve and increase bicycle use in the city.
Similar to a car sharing service, 200 shared bicycles are available for members at 14 bike stations around the city. An interactive website allows users to track the availability of bikes in real-time, as well as to look up the proximity of stations from wherever they are.
Users join Bicing as members on a weekly or annual subscription for a small fee. The membership card provides access for two-hour consecutive trips, with the first 30 minutes being free, and each succeeding half hour charged at 30 eurocents (US$ .41 cents). A yearly membership is six euros (US$ 8).
Barcelona City Council hopes to have 100 stations and 3,000 bikes throughout Barcelona by the end of 2007. Since the service began one month ago, the service has attracted 3,000 users. The service is encouraged to be used with other public transportation options, including energy-saving trams and subways.
When properly supported with bikeways, traffic signals that favour bicycles, and other infrastructure and policies that promote safe, efficient cycling, bicycles can carry a substantial share of the urban transport burden. For more information on bicycling and other alternative modes of transportation, please visit ICLEI’s Cities for Climate Protection® Campaign at www.iclei.org/ccp.
Barcelona is one of 166 local governments in Europe that are currently Members of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability. For more information on ICLEI and its activities in Europe, please visit www.iclei.org/europe.
Source: “Bicing Barcelona”, Barcelona Bulletin – April 2007 and www.economist.com, 9 April 2007.
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