On 11 June, the city introduced special bicycle rental rates, which will be available until the end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the press service of Moscow’s Department of Transport and Road Infrastructure Development reports.
“From 11 June through 15 July, 2018, during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, a special bike rental rate called Fan 2018 will be available in Moscow,” the department stated. “It will be useful for those who are planning to spend several days in Moscow and want to try the bicycle sharing system here. It offers three-day access to the rental system for 350 roubles. All rides made during these three days will be free for the first 60 minutes instead of the traditional 30 minutes.”
With the encouragement of the Fan 2018 rental rate, Muscovites and city guests will be able to access the bike-share system for three days for 350 roubles. This includes all rides up to 60 minutes long. Those who use the bikes for more than an hour will have to pay extra calculated based on the standard rates. The department’s press service added that with the Fan 2018 rate, visitors will be able to ride around Moscow comfortably and quickly, and will be able to enjoy sightseeing to the fuller extent.
“We changed the rate so guests can get around the city during the World Cup more comfortably, and enjoy more Moscow’s tourist attractions and landmarks using this fast and environmentally friendly transport,” the press service added. “We are breaking all of our bike rental records this season with one million rides so far.”
Moscow’s single city bicycle rental system was launched in 2013 with about 79 rental stations on the Boulevard Ring and on Frunzenskaya Embankment. Last year, this number reached 380. This summer, the city is planning to open 50 new stations with a total of 4,300 bikes and 260 electric bikes available. Every year, Moscow will be opening a total of 50 new rental stations and add 500 new bikes.