Bike-sharing ideally complements private and public means of transportation on short distances. It unburdens the traffic in the city centres and improves the attractiveness of public transportation. Over the past few years, bike-sharing has become increasingly popular all around the globe.
Bycyklen is bicycle sharing system of Copenhagen, Denmark. It was launched on 1 April 2014. Unlike its predecessor, Copenhagen City Bikes, this system is not free, but features electric bicycles equipped with a GPS routing device. Everyone is allowed to use the Bycyklen bikes, but as a rule of thumb you should be at least 155 cm to be able to ride them safely.
To rent a bike, one needs to create a user account, which can be done directly on the tablet on the bike. These e-bikes can be accessed by going to a Bycyklen station, across the city and take out a bike by entering your username and pin code on the bike’s tablet. Here one can see the number of available bikes and, if you like, you can book a bike in advance.
The bike has an electric motor and assists the rider up to 24 km/h. A full battery should last you up to 25 kilometres depending on riding style. The bikes can be returned to any of the Bycyklen stations in Copenhagen and Frederiksberg. The tablet can guide the rider to the nearest one if the person wishes. The lock on the rear wheel enables the rider to park the bike anywhere during your trip. The hourly payment continues until the bike is safely returned to a docking station.
Bicycling is a zero carbon mode and it can provide health benefits to the riders. Besides, it can reduce congestion and improve access of people to public transportation.
The battery is a 37 V 10.000 mA lithium-ion battery. A fully charged battery provides assistance for up to 25 kilometers, depending on terrain, temperature and riding style.