On Friday, 26 August, five stations of the city’s bike sharing system started offering 60 new electric bikes. One more station will open by 15 September, making available a total of 150 electric bikes, said Deputy Moscow Mayor Maxim Liksutov, Head of the Department for Transport and Road Infrastructure Development.
Electric bikes are good for riding in hilly areas and between metro stations, Mr Liksutov noted.
“Electric bikes can develop speeds of up to 15 kph and are faster than ordinary bicycles. We believe this innovation will raise public awareness of alternative transport systems and will also increase the number of bike trips in warm weather,” said Alina Bisembayeva, Deputy Head of the Department for Transport and Road Infrastructure Development.
Fully charged electric bikes, whose motors were developed by Russian inventors, can travel at an average speed of 15 kph, for a range of at least 17 kilometres.
The pilot project stipulates the same prices and fares for those using electric and ordinary bikes. Current seasonal, daily and monthly rates are 990, 150 and 600 roubles, respectively. The sums are deducted from users’ bank cards, and an additional 1,000 roubles are blocked until they have returned their bikes. Subscribers are able to ride bicycles free of charge any number of times, until the fares expire. Each trip should last no more than 30 minutes. To use the bike sharing system, people should first register and pay with their bank cards. Bicycles can be returned at any station.
Electric bikes can be obtained at the following bike sharing stations:
- 6 Presnenskaya Embankment, bldg. 2;
- 13 1st Krasnogvardeisky Proyezd, bldg. 1;
- The Sportivnaya metro station exit;
- 31 Krasnaya Presnya Street;
- 1 Krasnaya Presnya Street;
- 9 Savvinskaya Embankment.
The city’s bike sharing system was established in 2013, with stations also opening on 21 April 2016, after the winter season. Currently, Moscow has 300 automated bike sharing stations.
The bike sharing system has been used about 1.2 million times since the beginning of the cycling season. This is almost two times higher than the same period of 2015. About 400,000 people use the system. Five people on average use a single bicycle daily. Local bikes are used over 12,000 times each day.