Vilnius will become the first city in Europe to introduce a public electric bike “Rent and Share” system. Electric bicycles will be available for renting and sharing by residents or visitors to the capital of Lithuania as of today. The bikes, one of a series of initiatives by Vilnius Mayor Arturas Zuokas, reinforces Vilnius’ goal of becoming a world leader in making the latest environment friendly transportation technologies widely available.
“It’s good for the people of Vilnius, it’s good for our visitors and it’s good for the city. I’m pleased that Vilnius has taken the lead in providing a new mode of quality public transportation which addresses urban congestion issues that all cities face. I hope that other cities will follow our lead,” stated Mayor Zuokas, who recently achieved world-wide internet fame in a specially produced Public Service Announcement by the City of Vilnius highlighting parking violation problems by driving over an illegally parked car with a tank.
The new “Rent and Share” pilot program has been launched as a joint effort between the City of Vilnius and German and Lithuanian bicycle firms. Bikes will be available during the Eurobasket 2011 games which will take place in Lithuania in September. Similar electric bike rental systems are under consideration in Spain, Italy and Great Britain.
The bikes are called “e-orange” and are detailed with bright orange stripes. They will be available for rental at four Tourism Information Centers located in the downtown and Old Town areas of Vilnius. They will cost from 3 euros for the first hour of rental with increasing hourly costs e.g. a four hour ride will cost 26 euros. A 145 euro deposit is required by credit card at the time of rental and is refunded to the renter immediately upon return of the bike to the original rental point. A built in GPS system monitors the whereabouts of the bicycles at any given time.
Vilnius is the first European city to start renting electric bikes. “E-orange” can be rent at one of the four rental points:
On renting an „E. orange“ bike you must provide: Personal identity document (ID card/passport), driving license, credit card.
A deposit of 500 Lt (approx. 145 €) will be temporarily blocked on your credit card. Customers will be also asked to sign a rent agreement.
The deposit will be unblocked after the bike is returned to the rental point. The bike must be left at the initial rental point.
1 hour – 10 Lt (approx. 3 €);
2 hours – 30 Lt (approx. 9 €);
3 hours – 60 Lt (approx. 17,4 €);
4 hours – 90 Lt (approx. 26 €).