Bike Sharing System in Tartu
It is funded by Tartu City, EU structural fund project for Tartu bike sharing and the H2020 project SmartEnCity
- July 05, 2018 18:30
- Monika Dimitrova
Developing a bike sharing system has been one of the mobility priorities of the City of Tartu. A respective feasibility analysis showed that the potential number of bike share users in Tartu could be up to 224,000 people annually. The aim of setting up a public bike sharing system is to encourage the use of bicycles and make this a considerable alternative to cars. It is expected that the bike sharing system will bring about decreased environmental problems (noise, air quality), parking issues and problems with traffic intensity. Bike sharing is considered a part of the public transport system of the City of Tartu.
As such, a bike sharing system of 450 bicycles and 65 parking locations will be set up as an additional mobility measure during the SmartEnCity project. The system will be designed as an electric bike sharing system and will be mainly targeted at people who need to travel ca. 2-5 km to work, school, home etc. Broadly speaking, the bike sharing system will consist of public city bikes, parking lots with safety locks and a software system that enables to manage rides, rent out a bike in one of the parking locations and redock it in another. The service users will be identified through Tartu’s smart card (also used for other modes of transport) or mobile app. Visitors and tourists can join temporarily with their credit cards. The operator will collect information about the performance and use of the system for further planning purposes.
Source: Tartu Municipality