Göteborg – The city of bikes

Biking is the absolute favorite activity of everyone living in Gothenburg. If you are not a biker it just takes you a week or two of seeing all the people on bicycles around the city to get inspired to grab one! But maybe you think “Oh, well I can’t afford to buy a bike! I’m just a poor student!”. Well don’t worry the city has everything sorted. Since the last year you can easily rent a bike anywhere in the city and for almost “no money”!

Here is how it works…

Everywhere around the city you will find the “Styr och ställ” bikes. It is basically bikes that look like this…

“The first half hour of every ride is always free, regardless of the number of trips per day. You can borrow the bike 46 times in one day, completely free as long as each bike ride does not exceed 30 minutes! Would you like to borrow a bike for longer than half an hour, find a station, set back the bike and after two minutes, a new bike be can be borrowed. However, if you do not do this, the second half hour costs 10 SEK, the third costs 20 SEK and then it costs 40 SEK per half hour.”

While the service is closed-during the winter don’t be sad. Here is another idea! Visit http://www.blocket.se where you can find really really cheep second hand bikes!

Have a nice ride!

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