Oslo (and other) city bikes

I see quite a few offerings like this for municipally-run bicycle rentals. Pick up the bike at a typical station, like this one in Oslo, and drop it off at another. Any idea that really needs to spread. Everywhere.

Rates in the Norwegian capital – NOK 80 (EUR 8.85/USD 12.37) per day, with a three hour limit per bike. For Oslo residents, same rate for a full year.

More Oslo info here. For elsewhere, try here.

  1. Similar scheme in Paris, ‘Velib’, just celebrated its second anniversary.

    From the website:
    Day Vélib’ ticket (€1) and 7-day Vélib’ ticket (€5)**(18/06/2007)

    A 1 Day or 7 Day Vélib’ Ticket gives you unlimited number of journeys for the duration of the subscription period.

    More here:

    Obtain a short-term subscription and the first 30 minutes of each journey will be on us. At the end of the validity period, the cost of journey over 30 minutes will be deducted from your bank account together with your subscription fee. You can take out a short-term subscription agreement at any Vélib’ Service Point equipped with terminals.

    ** A security deposit is required for all short-term subscriptions. A 150 € bank card direct pre-authorization is necessary for this type of subscription. Failure to comply with the General Terms and Conditions of Access and Use may cause parts or the entire deposit amount thereof to be withheld by Vélib’. Total deposit amount will be forfeited if bike is not returned with in 24 hours.

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