Monday, November 14, 2011

Metroradruhr: Germany's Ruhr Valley Inter-City Bike Sharing

by Russell Meddin

This summer brings a new regional bike-sharing system, Metroradruhr, to ten industrial Ruhr valley cities. Started on June 18th in Dortmund, Germany the system has now reached five of the cities. Bikes are now, or soon will be, available in Bochum, Bottrop, Dortmund, Duisburg, Essen, Gelsenkirchen, Hamm, Herne, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Oberhausen. This is not just a series of suburban satellite additions to a larger city system, but a single system connecting nearby cities together. The most similar operation is Italy's Bicincittà, but the cities and stations of Metroradruhr are close enough together to allow bikes to move between cities.
Metroradruhr operates using the neXt bike telephone rental system. As with neXt bike, Metroradruhr has the convenience of reserving bikes for large groups in advance.

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Bicycle sharing by Nextbike in Dortmund, Stadtgarten

Bicycle sharing by Nextbike in Dortmund, Stadtgarten

Bicycle sharing by Nextbike in Dortmund

Bicycle sharing by Nextbike in Dortmund

more about sustainable transportation in Germany:

Smart Transportation Planning in Freiburg, Germany

Innovative Urban Transport Concepts Moving from Theory to Practice

karlsruhe: a ride on the "tram-trains"

Bike Parking: a Key Part of the Bicycle Planning Amenities

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