A premiere in Bucharest, Green Revolution, together with its partners Raiffeisen Bank and Kaufland Romania, launched the first I’Velo Urban automated bike-sharing stations.
Representatives of local and institutional authorities, partners and the media were present at the project launch event, supproting and saluting the launch of this project in the city:
stated Gabriela Firea, Bucharest’s General Mayor.
Bucharest’s General Mayor mentioned that, in the last meeting of the General Council, 19 projects included in the Integrated Urban Development Plan were approved, one of them concerning the building of 42 bike routes in Bucharest.
stated the General Mayor.
declared Katharina Scheidereiter, CSR Manager Kaufland Romania
stated Cristian Sporis, Vice-President of Raiffeisen Bank.
The novelty for this unique concept on the bike-sharing market in Bucharest is self-service and bike use under a subscription. The subscription allows the use of a bike for 30 minutes, followed by a similar break. Thus, a user may rent the bike several times a day, provided that, after each 30-minute cycling period, he/she returns it to one of the I’Velo Urban stations. Exceeding the 30-minute period of grace results in additional costs.
Another important feature of the I’Velo Urban system is that users may choose their own bikes from the rack. The 210 bikes may be rented 24/7, in any season, from any of the 5 automated stations and may be returned to the closest automated station in the I’Velo Urban system.
The new concept aims at reducing traffic congestion in Bucharest and contributing to better urban mobility. The main directions are encouraging people to leave their cars at home or use public transportation and bikes to travel fast in the busy areas in the city. Bike-sharing is beneficial to the cyclists’ health and contributes to the reduction of noise and air pollution in large communities.
In order to benefit from the services of the system, users must create an account on www.ivelo.ro and register with one of the I’Velo Relax centres in Herastrau Park (Subway Station Aviatorilor and Arcul de Triumf) and Tineretului Park (Gheorghe Sincai entrance) to receive the I’Velo card. During the cold season, the I’Velo Urban card may be bought from the I’Velo Urban office on 21 Prof. Ion Bogdan St. (Dorobanti area). A bike can be rented based on the I’Velo personal card and validation is carried out at any I’Velo Urban automated station, upon first rental.
For more information and details on the operation of automated bike-sharing stations, please access www.ivelo.ro.
Inspired by similar bike-sharing projects successfully implemented in European capitals, I’Velo Urban is a project 100% made in Romania.
- the automated stations and racks are manufactured in Romania, with indigenous workforce, raw materials and expertise
- the automated information system has been developed by programmers of a Romanian IT company
- it offers tens of jobs, thus contributing to reducing unemployment and to a larger local and national budget, from collection of taxes and duties
The I’Velo projects means, at the same time, a continuous preoccupation with increasing the users’ satisfaction by offering quality services, but also professional and friendly staff, ready to be of service to cyclists.