10 Mar Smart City Regional Bike: Bike-sharing system in Graz
Despite many efforts, ideas and plans in the past 20 years, the bike rental system in Graz has not successfully established itself in the city.
Most recently, bike rental was offered through hotels, especially for tourists. This year the city started a new attempt and began the planning for the pilot project “Smart City Regional Bike”. The goal is a stationary bike-sharing model near the List-Halle and Science Tower. The target group are commuters, locals and tourists. The project will start in March 2021 and will run for one year.
The bike stations were set up in semi-public places such as supermarket parking lots. Because it was always the question of space that caused all previous plans for an area-covering rental system to fail. Other pilot areas are also being added (e.g. state hospital, selected train stations).
After the project has ended, a decision will be made as to who could operate the bike sharing system.