It's the first of April which means that the Stockholm City Bike season starts today. This might sound like an April Fool's joke as we have had snow flurries today... but this is not a joke!
This seaon's bikes... with new sponsors!
Stockholm is a fabulous city to bike around... lots of late evening
sunlight, plenty of parks and bicycle lanes. This is all made easier
(and inexpensive) with the Stockholm City Bike system. They have
approximately 100 bike stands
spread throughout the city, even out into the suburbs. You have the
choice of buying either a 3 day card for 165 SEK or a season card for 300 SEK (250 online). Guests often comment that they only want the bikes for one day.
Well, they don't sell one day cards... but the price for three days is
still cheaper than renting a bike for one day at other commercial bike
rental companies. If you are guests at the Rival Hotel
then you can purchase a 3 day card at the hotel (we do not sell season
cards). But if you are not a guest, either check with your hotel or else
you can purchase your card at over 200 different 7-11's and Pressbyrån
kiosks in the city or at an SL Center. Click here for a list of retailers.
Bike path around Djurgården island.
After purchasing a card, you can check out a bike at any of the bike
stands by holding up your card to the computer display and following the
instructions. You can check out a bike at any of the stands between 6am
and 10pm daily throughout the season. If the stand is empty, the
display will point you in the direction of the nearest stand with bikes.
Otherwise they will be by shortly to fill up the stand with new
bicycles. You then have that bike for 3 hours. You are welcome to check
out a new bike right away, but you have to leave the bike at a stand
before 3 hours is up... otherwise you receive a demirit. 3 demerits and
your card will be cancelled. This system is to stop people from taking
bikes home or into their offices all day long and keeps more bikes in circulation. Be aware that the bikes don't come
with locks, instead use the bike stands to lock your bikes (over 100
stands in the city!). It is important to note that you have to be 18
years old to use the bikes. If you are a family with children under 18,
just talk to me and I will point you in the direction of a bike rental
company that rents out children's bicycles.