New city bikes in Copenhagen
Compared to the old, heavy bikes in the previous system, the new bikes are a revolution. Equipped with a tablet PC for navigation and booking, the new e-bike is more modern than even ordinary bikes. The bike is seen as a commuter bike that will be part of the public transport system. While the previous bike was free of charge (you paid a deposit of 20 DKK equal to 2.5 € to unlock the bike) you will have to pay a monthly fee for the new bike and then pay-as-you-go. The fee is set to around 7€ per month, and every time you use the bike, the first 30 minutes will be free of charge. After this, the charge will be 0.5 € per hour.
Only less than 50 bikes are now being tested in the streets of Copenhagen, but during the autumn of 2013 a total of 1,200 bikes will be available for the citizens. Currently the bikes are being implemented by a partnership including the Municipality of Frederiksberg and DSB – the national rail operator. The Municipality of Copenhagen has decided to review its participation in the scheme after one year, investing 2 million € in 2013 and 2014. If the municipality of Copenhagen joins the scheme, it will potentially be expanded to more than 3,000 bikes.
The new and modern bikes will have a cost of 2,500 € each and figures shows that during the first eight years of the scheme it is foreseen the operation and maintenance costs will be around 6,500 €.
Learn more about the scheme here.