Stockholm has awarded a new contract for it's bike-share scheme, upgrading its fleet from 1,200 standard bikes to 5,000 hybrid electric models.
The new e-bikes will also be available year-round, 24 hours a day, compared to the current scheme that is only in operation during the summer between 6:00 and 22:00.
The existing bike-sharing system has been popular, with over 500,000 journeys in 2016 alone, but the city has its eye on a larger, more flexible system. The fleet will more than quadruple, with 5,000 bicycles to be placed around the city. What's more, all of the bicycles will be modern electric models with removable batteries.
Those who wish to use the battery receive one when they register for the scheme, while those who prefer a standard bicycle can simply use them without a battery. This flexibility should allow people of all abilities to use the bicycles for both short and long journeys.
Daniel Hellden, Vice Mayor of Stockholm, said: "This is a huge step forward towards sustainable urban mobility in our capital, I'm very happy for the people of Stockholm. The biggest improvement is that citizens and visitors can use the bike sharing 24/7, year-round, and in all parts of the city. With these electronic bikes you can also travel the entire trip between home and work or school, not only the last couple of kilometres. This deal that includes 5000 new e-bikes is an important step to reaching our goal of a greener and more sustainable city."
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