On the 15th of July 2013, a new, modern transport mode - city bike rental system, has appeared on the streets of Vilnius. At 18:00, 200 bikes were taken from the Europe square to all 24 rental terminal locations by the ordinary Vilnius people, preselected during the Facebook competition. Up from now on, the system is available to all - both to Vilnius citizens and its tourists. People having either dedicated „Cyclocity" card, or the Vilnius public transport card, can apply online for seasonal subscriptions; alternatively, the ones not willing to buy long-term subscriptions or tourists can purchase a 3-day ticket directly from terminals.
During the even called „400 wheels spinning", 200 lucky Facebook competition winners (out of more than 600 who registered) were invited to take the bikes from the Europe square to all 24 locations in the city, where from now on they are available for rentals. All the teams have successfully reached their destinations on time, with the team taking the bikes to the furthest station (railway station) reaching it within 28 minutes - with a scheme where first 30 minutes of usage are free it is a very important aspect.
„Cyclocity" cards are available in 4 distribution points in the city for free - once registered online and paying this year`s subscription worth 20 Litas (approx. 6 Eur.), a person can then activate it at any terminal. Alternatively, Vilnius public transport card can be used. As in most other cities, the scheme is available for people aged 14 and over and first 30 minutes of each trip are free with further usage becoming increasingly expensive.
„We hope that Vilnius inhabitants and city guests will use the bikes responsibly and will enjoy this new means of transport becoming available to them" - Zaneta Fomova, „JCDecaux Lithuania" CEO has commented.
Further 12 stations will be opened until next biking season`s start on April 15th, 2014 and 100 more bikes will take it to the street to complete the scheme with a total of 36 stations and 300 bikes. More information is available at the dedicated website in English: http://en.cyclocity.lt