About month ago Tartu unveiled its bike share system, comprised of 750 bikes in 69 bike share stations across the city.
Tartu Smart Bike Share has acquired next generation electric assist bikes, which can communicate with the bike share system in real-time. This gives information about the bike’s location and in case there is some problem, technicans can react quickly. Software installed in the bikes collects data for statistics about rides, speed, distances etc.
Smart Bikes are an important part of the Smart City way of thinking. One of the most important objectives of Tartu City is to develop environmentally friendly mobility. With Bike Share, city can reduce the number of cars, encourage users to get some physical activity and maintain the “15 minutes to anywhere” phenomena in Tartu. In addition to the data-based and smartly planned bike network, using a Smart Bike is a lifestyle choice valued by citizens and visitors.
The bike share system consists of 750 bikes in 69 bike share stations across the city. A total of 510 bikes are electric and the remaining 240 are regular bikes.
The bike share system is being supplied by the Canadian company Bewegen Technologies Inc, who won the public procurement organised last spring.
How to rent a bike
In order to rent a bike, the user must have a valid Tartu bus season ticket or they must purchase a bike share membership.
The user must create a bike share account, either on-line (ratas.tartu.ee) or via the mobile app (Tartu Smart Bike), and connect it to a credit card.
You can use a bus card or mobile app to unlock the bicycle.
More information about bikes, stations and more can be found at the bike share system’s homepage (http://ratas.tartu.ee)