Part three of the Wheeled Thing review of Nordic bike share systems is Stockholm, also called City Bikes. What came first, the innovative naming convention of the Helsinki or Stockholm bike share??? Really, who cares – I’m just happy they both cities offer bike share.
Unfortunately, Stockholm City Bikes is not that good, but to I’ve heard they put a an RFP for an updated system, so by the time you read this, there may be a better system in place.
On the good side:
- Each time you take out a bike you get three (3) hours. Yes, you never really have to worry about an overage charge.
- They have an app for both iOS and Android which assists in finding the location of docks and how many bikes are available.
- There were plenty of bikes available
- The hotel I was staying at was selling the 3-Day Card. Just tap the card at the kiosk “Card Reader” to take out a bike.
On the bad side
- It was hard to locate a dock – as both sides had huge advertisements. When a truck parked in front of the dock, we missed it completely, even when using the app.
- The price was on the high side at $20.50 (SEK 165) per three day pass, but there are no overage charges. It is a three strikes and you’re out policy.
- The docks were a bit difficult to work with – as you need to pick them up and line them up in the holes.
- The bikes were in poor condition and did not work very well. It was clear that this system was all about the advertising, and the bikes were an afterthought.
- There never seemed to be docks where we wanted them. The geographic distribution was wide, but the docks were spaced too far apart.
Stockholm City Bikes is the 3rd best bike share of the Nordic Capitals.