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Bicike(LJ): A Guide to Ljubljana, Slovenia’s Bike Sharing Program
Largely flat, Ljubljana is an ideal city for bicycling. It boasts a network of 220km (136mi) of managed bike routes and has actively encouraged bicycling through Bicike(LJ), the city’s bike sharing system that currently operates out of 32 stations. For visitors, they're an excellent way to see large parts of the city that most walking tours skip or miss. Similar to those in use in numerous other European cities, it was inaugurated in May 2011 to immediate success; the number of users has grown to 70,000 –that’s from a population of 280,000—who have gone on more than 3.5 million rides since that inception, nearly half of those in 2015. The service costs just €3 per year and is incorporated into Ljubljana’s Urbana city card which is also used for cash-free bus travel, local library services, parking in city lots and streets, and more. Journeys under 60 minutes are free; the second hour is €1, the third €2, the fourth and each addition hour is €4. But with its stations located just 300 to 500 meters apart, you’ll never use a bike longer than an hour, making it one of the cheapest transportation systems on the planet. Like those in other cities –at least in the few dozen cities and towns I’ve used them in—the bikes are big and fairly heavy. That’s to discourage, theft, really long journeys and any off-road or trail notions borrowers may have. But they’re also safe, built to take a beating, and also have chain guards to keep your pants, socks and shoes clean. And a big shiny basket in the front, too. Highly recommended. Visitors can register online with a credit card. Upon completing your registration you’ll receive your subscriber number and the four-digit pin you’ll need to borrow the bike.
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