Seville launches city-wide bicycle rental system
24 July 2007, SEVILLE – Residents and visitors to this lovely Andalusian city can now view its many delights comfortably and up close from one of hundreds of rental bicycles the municipal government has stationed around town.
24 July 2007
SEVILLE – Residents and visitors to this lovely Andalusian city can now view its many delights comfortably and up close from one of hundreds of rental bicycles the municipal government has stationed around town.
Dubbed Sevici, from the Spanish diminutive for bicycle, “bici”, the system was launched on Tuesday with 300 bicycles at 30 stations. There will be 1,500 bicycles at 150 pick-up points by the end of the year, officials said.
“Seville will become the Spanish city with the most bicycles available for rent in an easy-to-use system for everyone,” Deputy Mayor Antonio Rodrigo Torrijos told reporters.
In Spain, Barcelona and Cordoba already have similar bike-for-rent programmes which were also recently launched in Paris and Lyon in France.
The JCDecaux company is supplying the bicycles to the city for free in exchange for the right to use the bikes and the stations for advertising.
Users pay 5 euros for a weekly coupon which lets them use a bike for 30 minutes for free. Each additional hour costs two euros.
Seville authorities had tested the programme in free trials which began last spring. Following feedback from users, they lowered the height of the seats by three centimetres “to better adapt to the average height of the locals,” a JCDecaux spokeswoman said.
(Copyright EFE with Expatica)
Subject: Spanish News