Dutch Public Transport Bike Becomes Export Product
AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands – Plans existed for a while already, but this year the rental bike available at train stations should get a solid foothold in the United kingdom. The aim is to get the British version of this bike running at some 50 train stations. In the Netherlands the number of subscribers increased by 40% last year.
The public transport bike is a familiar feature in the Dutch street scene. They can be hired at reasonable fees at most stations now, so one can cycle to one’s destination.
London, Liverpool and Manchester
Last year the British were able to get acquainted with the concept when the Dutch Railway Company (NS) used some of them during Olympic Games events. The British NS daughter company, Abellio, will now widely introduce the concept in London and in the North of England, among other places where Abellio exploits transport lines in cities like Manchester and Liverpool.
The bicycles will be adapted according to British requirements and will probably be provided with gears and hand brakes, as well as a credit card system to facilitate rental.
By now the trans station rental bike is available in the Netherlands at more than 240 locations. The number of subscribers increased from 100,000 to roughly 140,000 during 2012. More than 1,200,000 trips were made, both by private and corporate users, such as NS-Business Card users.
In 2012 15 new rental locations were opened while at busy locations rental bikes were added to the existing stock.