Part four of the Wheeled Thing review of Nordic bike share systems is Bycyklen and if you have read the other three parts, you will not be surprised to learn that it translates to City Bikes. No, you will not be confused by the name of the system as you travel from country to country.
Unfortunately, Bycklen kinda sucks, and I did not give it a try. Let’s do the bad side first this time!
On the bad side
The pricing did not make any sense. The website has two options for tourists:
1: Pay as You Go – The price for Pay as You Go is DKK 30 ($4.75 USD) per commenced hour. Each account can have 2 simultaneous users on each user account. They both pay DKK 30 per commenced hour.
2: Packages: Pre-paid package of 600 minutes DKK 300 ($50 USD) that allows 5 simultaneous users on each user account. All users that are logged into your account will be using your pre-paid minutes.
As I could not figure out what a “Commenced Hour” was, I reached out to Byyken. They wrote:
“The ‘pay as you go’ means that you are charged 30 DKK every initiated hour. That means that if you take two bikes at the same time and ride on them for 20 minutes then you will be charged 2×30 DKK = 60 DKK. It is possible to rent maximum two bikes at the same time on one pay as you go-account, hence the charge.
It is not possible to accumulate minutes, which means that it will calculate after each bike on each trip.”
This means that two bikes taken out for 20 minutes costs $10! And I though Stockholm was expensive. Buying a package was an option, but also confusing.
The other problem is the bikes were motorized and has a tablet mounted, they look like this:
Copenhagen Motorized Tablets
No thank You… instead we did a traditional bike rental at Copenhagen Bicycles
Motor Free Cycling!
48 hour rental for DKK 180 ($28 USD) – it was kinda nice not to have a time limit or look for a dock. The bike worked!
The next reason Byyken is lousy is people ride the bikes too fast… why???? because it has a motor. Bike share should be slow, as many people are novices riding in the city, and slow is good, especially on vacation.
Copenhagen City Bikes is the worst bike share of the Nordic Capitals.