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Gallery: Bicycle Rental & Free Bike Schemes

Bicycle sharing systems, also known as: Community Bicycle program, Yellow Bicycle programs, White Bicycle programs, public bike, CityBike, "Call a Bike", "Boris Bikes" (in London: Details of the scheme and registration: http://iitm.be/tflbikes) or free bike. There also was a 'Green Bike' scheme in Cambridge in 1993. The first successful mobile positioning based scheme (no need for docking stations) was "call-a-bike" in Munich in 2000. "call-a-bike" has now 430,000 subscribers, who can unlock bikes in most larger German cities from their mobile phone.

See also:
http://www.camcycle.org.uk/newsletters/63/article14.html Velov Scheme in Lyon

This gallery was created on Thursday, 8th October 2009

Rental bikes in Barcelona

Instructions (in Catalan and Spanish) for Barcelonla bike rental scheme

Docking station for Barcelona bike rental scheme

Barcelona rental scheme bikes

Barcelona rental scheme bike on crossing near Sants station

English-language notice about bike hire in Zaragoza

Rental bike stand below very stylish cycle bridge at Zaragoza's new train/bus interchange.

Rental bike stand below very stylish cycle bridge at Zaragoza's new train/bus interchange.

Rental bike stand and parking below very stylish cycle bridge at Zaragoza's new train/bus interchange.

Rental scheme bikes in Zaragoza

Bike rental terminal in Zaragoza

Map of Zaragoza bike facilities

Rental scheme bikes in Zaragoza

Don't fool around on a bike - look twice - on a Zaragoza rental scheme bike/

Mac Bikes shop/rental at Amsterdam Centraal station

Bike rental, Sibiu, Romania

Bike rental, Sibiu, Romania.

Free bike scheme in Târgu Mures, Romania

free bike scheme, Târgu Mores, Romania

Good rental bikes at Cobwobs hostel, Sighet, Romania

Rental bikes 'parked' at the Island Magic Beach Resort, Caye Caulker, Belize - there are no cars on this island and only a few golf-carts.

Rental bikes at hostel, Biertan, Romania

Brompton Bike Hire - Colmore Row Location: , Birmingham City (England, United Kingdom) Brompton Bike Hire - Colmore Row. Near the Midland Metro extension.

Bike hire docking station in Canterbury Street. The rear light is damaged on the bike nearest the camera, and the seat twisted around on the next.

Another bike hire docking station on the waterfront in Liverpool, near the ferry terminals.

Citybike hire docking station at the University of Liverpool

The St Enoch Square bike hire terminal, next to the Howard Street contraflow lane, which still has a car parking problem.

The Nextbike bike hire stands are already in use as regular cycle parking

Nextbike Glasgow bike hire instructions http://www.nextbike.co.uk/en/glasgow/

infrastructure for Glasgow's bike hire @nextbikeuk scheme gradually appearing! Great news! http://t.co/O2fpZM1Wuk

First sign I've seen of Glasgow's very own bike hire scheme! V excited @STVGlasgow @peoplemakeGLA @allytibbitt http://t.co/7kI0zHCFFx

Some newly installed cycle parking stands for Glasgow's bike hire scheme, outside the SECC. The old wheeltwister stand has been removed.

Pedal to Produce Free Bike Hire at Brown Brothers vineyard.

Cycle Hub bike rental scheme inside Nottingham's bus station. See #59713.

Cycle Hub bike rental scheme inside Nottingham's bus station. http://www.citycardnottingham.co.uk/cycle.html

Cycle Hub bike rental scheme in Nottingham. See #59713.

Bike and Go cycle hire UPDATE: HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM UK UPDATE: YOU CAN NOW RETURN BIKE AT ANY BIKEANDGO STATION https://twitter.com/Cyclinstructor/status/763381856041635840 http://www.bikeandgo.co.uk/locations/north-west-and-merseyside/ ... [more]

An american visitor at the Reading Regatta 2011 with an Oybike rented at Reading Station.

Reading's http://www.oybike.com/ scheme, alongside some sturdy looking bike racks.

Oybike Rent ''n' Ride, sponsored by First Great Western and operated by "oybike" has a clean shaft drive instead of a chain.

Duck: look out here comes another free bike scheme! Simon Nuttall with an OYBike - an automated bike hire scheme. Could they come back to the city?

Bernie Hanning of OYBike at Park Street Cycle Park

Detail of the Shaft Drive on an OYBike.

Close up of the front of an OYBike - roller brakes, and dynamo lighting. The note in the basket explains how the scheme works.

OYBike parking location near the main BBC studios and White City Tube. See also a review of this scheme at www.camcycle.org.uk/newsletters/72/article7.html

Nobody seems to know much about this cycle rental demonstration scheme being set up in Bath by the company behind many Italian schemes - there's little information online - www.civitas-initiative.eu/measure_sheet.phtml?lan=en&id=627

Nobody seems to know much about this cycle rental demonstration scheme being set up in Bath by the company behind many Italian schemes - there's little information online - www.civitas-initiative.eu/measure_sheet.phtml?lan=en&id=627

Nobody seems to know much about this cycle rental demonstration scheme being set up in Bath by the company behind many Italian schemes - there's little information online - www.civitas-initiative.eu/measure_sheet.phtml?lan=en&id=627

Nobody seems to know much about this cycle rental demonstration scheme being set up in Bath by the company behind many Italian schemes - there's little information online - www.civitas-initiative.eu/measure_sheet.phtml?lan=en&id=627

Nobody seems to know much about this cycle rental demonstration scheme being set up in Bath by the company behind many Italian schemes - there's little information online - www.civitas-initiative.eu/measure_sheet.phtml?lan=en&id=627

Milan's bike hire scheme (exact photo location unknown)

Milan's bike hire scheme (exact photo location unknown)

Cycle Blackpool hire-a-bike

Cycle Blackpool hire-a-bike

Cycle Blackpool hire-a-bike

Cycle parking outside the Parc de la Tête d'Or, Lyon - but cycling is allowed inside the park too.

Bikeworks cycle hire at the London Olympics.

Opening in July 2012, New York's equivalent of the Boris Bike - not the Bloomberg Bike but the Citibike (yes, more bank sponsorship) [courtesy of NYC mayor's office www.nyc.gov]

Cycle lanes merging on the Aldersgate roundabout (and nicely sheltered Barclays/Santander bike sharing station)

Barclays/Santander bike stations are found in unexpected places now.

Barclays Bikes gradually becoming Santander Cycles.

New borisbikes just up from Liverpool Street Station

Boris Bikes at the Tower of London Photos made during the Big Bus tour of London.

Boris Bikes in Victoria

Boris Bikes, Portobello. Details of the scheme and registration: http://iitm.be/tflbikes

Covent Garden

Boris Bikes

Boris Bikes

Boris Bikes

Boris Bike station near Oxford Circus

Belgrave Road cycle hire docking point

Work to install the London Cycle Hire scheme. Lets hope its as successful as http://www.camcycle.org.uk/newsletters/63/article14.html

Route map at docking station for London's cycle hire scheme.

Route marker at docking station for London's cycle hire scheme.

Docking station for London's cycle hire scheme.

Road closure and rental bike station

Boris Bike station

Boris Bike station

Boris bike station

Boris bike station

Boris bikes docking stations near Kings Cross in the afternoon, usually full. Details of the scheme and registration: http://iitm.be/tflbikes

Testing out the BorisBikes!

Moving Boris Bikes around London as required.

Bikes about to be redistributed from Waterloo using this electric vehicle

Bikes about to be redistributed from Waterloo; jobs created for 9 people plus a few drivers. See the action in progress on this video: http://cycle.st/p26326

Vast sea of BorisBikes during the 'redistribution' - when a constant stream of users dump their bikes and they are ferried to the other pick up points.

Brilliantly efficient Boris Bike redistribution system at Waterloo

Enjoy this short video of BorisBikes users, parking and continuing their journey to the station. The men in the hi-viz jackets are 'redistributing' the bikes to other locations - its a hive of activity!

CycleStreets developers in London town for another business meeting.

Bike rental scheme in Bilbao

Bike rental scheme in Bilbao

Rental station for Bilbao bike rental scheme

Getxo Bici rental scheme in a Bilbao suburb

Getxo Bici rental scheme in a Bilbao suburb

Cycle rental scheme station at the RENFE station, Donostia/San Sebastián.

Cycle rental station at the Amara train station in Donostia/San Sebastián

Cycle rental station at the Amara train station in Donostia/San Sebastián

Map of routes at cycle rental station at the Amara train station in Donostia/San Sebastián

Cycle rental station at the Amara train station in Donostia/San Sebastián

Velomagg bike rental scheme office and bikes, Montpellier

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