Friday, 13. 5. 2011

Bicike(lj) is up and running

Ljubljana's public transport system is richer by 300 bikes with 600 parking spaces at 31 stations.

From Thursday 12 May 2011 on, Ljubljana residents and visitors to the capital are able to get around the city using new city bikes in the self-service Bicike(lj) borrowing system, which supplements other forms of public transport in the city. Residents and visitors can get about the broader Ljubljana city centre area virtually free by bike, as the annual cost of registration for bike use is only €3 and is recorded as a credit to your account. Weekly use of the system is intended above all for visitors to Ljubljana and registration costs are €1. The first hour of bike borrowing is free for all Bicike(lj) system users. Just five minutes after returning a bike to one of the stations with bike parking, you will be able to borrow another bike that the system treats as a new journey with the first hour of use free.

It is necessary to register on the website prior to your first use. Two options are available, annual or weekly subscription. Annual subscribers will be able to use the system with their Urbana card and personal identification number, while upon registration weekly subscribers will receive a user's code and a PIN number.

As it is a self-service borrowing system, it is to operate 24 hours a day every day of the year. The self-service system is to be operated and maintained by a seven-member team, and a workshop for bike repairs has also been set up. Bike users in the Bicike(lj) system will have a free helpline number 080 23 34 available every working day between 6am and 10pm and between 8am and 8pm at weekends and on public. The helpline number can also be used to record information about possible damage to bikes, that the maintenance team will repair and return to use as soon as possible.

The Bicike(lj) self-service bike borrowing system has been set up by the Europlakat d.o.o. company as part of a public-private partnership with the City of Ljubljana. The system is designed by JCDecaux and has been operational for many years in more than 20 cities in Europe and around the world; JCDecaux has received numerous awards for the system.