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.
Tap Then Pedal
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.
Docks Duck Between Signs
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.
Pick and Insert
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.
Part two of the Wheeled Thing review of Nordic bike share systems is Helsinki, where they have named their system City Bikes. I hope they did not shell out too much to the marketing firm for that one.
On the good side:
It only costs $12 (10 €) for a week of riding, but if you go over that, it’s only $1.20 (1 €) for the next hour.
You can sign up online, just click here. Once you register you get a UserID # and select a password.
You can use a USA Phone number to sign up!
To take out a bicycle, you don’t need to visit a kiosk – just select a bike and enter your ID/password combo on the handlebar computer to take out a bike.
The computer between the handlebars
The bike has a lock cable which allows you to walk away from the bike. The clock is still ticking on your rental, but its good to have the option.
You never have to worry about finding reaching a dock that is full. The same cable can be used to secure the bike within 20 meters of the dock to end your rental
When is a bike dock like horseshoes? When its in Helsinki.
On the bad side:
It was sometimes challenging to find a bike – as the full docks were really, really full – and there were lots of empty docks.
Helsinki Bike Dock – Always room for one more!
No app! This makes it difficult to find docks. You need to compare the station map to GoogleMaps and life. It is hard enough to pronounce the names of these stations (MESSENIUKSENKATU, MEILAHDEN SAIRAALA or JÄTKÄSAARENLAITURI) let alone type them into your smart phone.
Helsinki City Bikes is the 2nd best bike share of the Nordic Capitals.
I’m pretty sure we’ve written about this design before, but I’m too lazy to check. Seen in the wild today in Grand Central Station. The thing looks to weigh at least 30 pounds and the rider had to lug it up a long staircase before he could use it.
If there is one thing we know at Wheeled Thing, it’s that when it comes to wheels, bigger is better. Big wheels roll over cracks or potholes that a smaller wheel will get stuck in. Big means they ride smoother that don’t have speed wobbles…
One of our biggest frustration with the Razor Scooter fad was the fact the wheels were way to small, and sent too many children to the hospital for facial reconstruction surgery.
Well, plastic surgeons of Ameraica… I’ve got great news for you – The Eon Scooter will soon be flinging kids off their scooters at speeds up to 45 mph!
The video on their Indigogo page is 1:30 in length. Of that time, only 20 seconds (with some of in slow motion), show the person riding the scooter. 35 seconds are shown with the owner dragging or charging the scooter. That’s right, expect to be dragging this thing around more than riding it.
Included Dork Mode
We urge you not to buy this rolling death trap… but our friends at Eon were kind enough to include a “folding mirror” which will help you to remove the gavel from your chin and repair your front teeth. At Starbucks they hate when you walk in with exposed face road rash.
Please clean the blood off your face before entering the office