The city of Karlovac earlier this month launched a bike-sharing scheme, the fourth city in Croatia to install such a system.
Operated by German bike-sharing system developer nextbike, the scheme will be trialled initially for three months at a cost of 50 000 Croatian kuna (€ 6 610).
The fleet consists of 15 three-speed city bikes and two electric bikes. Users will have to open an account for 40 kuna (€ 5.30), giving them access to the bikes for the three months of the trial period.
This amount remains on the account as credit; the first 30 minutes of every rental are free of charge with each additional hour costing 4 kuna (€0.53).
‘Karlovac is making great efforts in sustainable development, particularly in the area of planning of transport infrastructure and cleaner or green public transportation,' said Vesna Ribar from the Karlovac Department of Municipal Economy.
‘We expect the system of public bicycles to have a significant impact on improving the quality of life in the city.’
Zagreb, Šibenik and Gospić are already operating bike-sharing systems. nextbike has a total of 160 bicycles and 7 500 registered users across Croatia
For more information, visit poslovni.hr (in Croatian).
Image: © 2015 Sustav javnih bicikala d.o.o.