The largest Polish public bike sharing system has been operating in Warsaw since August 2012. The system is called Veturilo and it is implemented in the framework of the Public Transport Authority scheme. The bikes are available nine months a year, from March to November.
Making public bicycles available helps to fight the problem of traffic in the city centre and encourages people to change their everyday habits and switch to bikes and public transport. Veturilo bike stations were located primarily in the vicinity of metro stations and major transport hubs, and also within a few kilometres of them. The name was selected through an online vote on the Public Transport Authority website. In Esperanto, 'Veturilo' means 'vehicle' or 'means of transport'.
The system was officially launched on 1 August 2012. In November 2012 a representative of the Mayor of Warsaw, Łukasz Puchalski, was appointed as responsible for bicycle transport. The Veturilo system is constantly expanding. Fourteen new stations opened in the Włochy, Ochota, and Ursynów districts and near the Galeria Mokotów shopping centre. In 2013 the first Veturilo station on the outskirts of Warsaw opened in Konstancin-Jeziorna and three new stations appeared in the Wola district. By the summer of 2013 there were 180 Veturilo and Bemowo bike docking stations with nearly 2 800 bicycles.
Public bikes are very popular among the citizens of Warsaw. When the weather conditions are good, there are on average 8 000 rentals a day. The current record for a single day is 12 123 rentals. The scale of interest in the use of public bikes indicates a change in the attitude of Warsaw residents towards cycling in the city. Warsaw citizens are changing their habits and are more often opting for environmentally friendly and convenient solutions.
- Visit the Veturilo website (in English - also available in Polish, German and Russian)