Part II. for this post I will explain how the Stockholm bike share system (called City Bikes) works and how I have been using it here in the city.
|at every bike stand/ station, there is a card reader, a description of the program, an LCD screen, a helpline number and email address, and a map of all of the bike stands in the city|
1. you can buy a season pass (good from April through October) for 300 SEK (about $45) at the tourism or information offices in the city as well as a couple of major retail locations (there are about 7 places in or near downtown). you can also order the pass online and save 50 SEK (it takes about 5 business days to receive the pass). you must be 18 or older and have a valid identification.
|signage at every bike stand in Stockholm explaining the system with the NFC card swipe at the bottom|
|typical bike stand info pole. this one is at Karlaplan in Ostermalm. Lauren is about to swipe the card to access a bike.|
|this is the map at each bike stand which shows locations of all bike stands in the city|
|LCD screen at each bikestand announcing information such as the number of the bike you are renting|
|Lauren swipes the card on the card reader to get a bike from the stand|
|after swiping card the screen tells the user what bike slot will unlock (be released), allowing renter to pick the bike up off of the stand and use for up to three hours|
|grip shifter for 3 speed internal hub gears is standard for all City Bikes. most bikes shift reasonably well, but some don't like to go down to first gear|
|another view of the "cockpit" of the Stockholm City Bike attached to the stand. the basket has the locking mechanism (on the bottom) and the light (on the front) as well as a strap to hold stuff in its metal grasp.|
more information as well as a comparison in Part II.