• Posted:Tuesday, October 8, 2013
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City bicycles

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City bicycles

After a recent trip to Amsterdam we’ve been thinking more about how using a bicycle to get around a city, whether as a tourist or local, is a great idea. But in keeping with our budget travelling tips, you'll probably want to know how you can get on your bike in the cheapest possible way in cities worldwide. A lot of cities offer private bicycle rental from shops where you can rent a bike for a few hours for a certain price.

However, one of the best and cheapest ways to bike around a city is to get on one of the public bicycle sharing schemes or city bikes that many cities around the world are now running.

Most of these bike sharing/city bikes schemes work on the same principals, give or take a few exceptions. Some of these include paying a small, cash deposit in order to release the bicycle from its terminal, which will be refunded upon its return. Some schemes also require you to become a member of the city bicycles scheme and you will then get a membership card to release the bicycle from its hub. This kind of program is often the most budget-friendly as it offers the first half hour of use for free.

Our advice? Whatever city you are travelling to next, take a look to see if they offer a city bikes service as you will not only have a great time exploring the city, you will save a lot on public transport and also give those legs a little work out in the process!

Some cities already successfully running this type of city bicycle service include:

Sevici - Seville, Spain
Dublin Bikes - Dublin, Ireland
Vélib' - Paris, France
Citi Bike - New York City, USA
Barclays Cycle Hire - London, England
Call a Bike - Berlin, Germany
EcoBici - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Hawaii B-cycle - Kailua, Oahu, USA
Villo! - Brussels, Belgium
YouBike - Taipei, Taiwan

Ironically for a city so known for its zillions of bicycles, Amsterdam doesn't currently have a city bike scheme; however, bikes are so prevalent that it's still cheap and easy to rent one.

Many more city bikes services will soon be coming to popular cities like San Diego, Budapest, Austin, Athens, Liverpool and more. The above are just a handful of the many cities, towns and universities that now offer this city bikes sharing service; Wikipedia is a great resource for finding city bikes schemes around the world - all 535 of them!

Image courtesy erwin brevis under the Creative Commons license.

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