Bike Sharing Lands In Malta
Here's to it helping our disastrous traffic situation.
Europe's largest bike-sharing and bike-renting brand, Nextbike, has announced that they'll be launching their service in Malta very soon.
Currently on the hunt for local workers, Nextbike posted that they "can't hold [their excitement] in anymore" - and honestly, nor can we!
Bike sharing is a scheme that allows users to 'borrow' a bike for a short amount of time, picking it up from one point (say Sliema) and cycling to their destination (say St. Julian's) and dropping it off there. This is the same scheme that catapulted then-mayor of London Boris Johnson into the public eye.
Nextbike will be setting up in 10 localities around Malta which could (if used properly) help ease the terrible traffic situation we've seen develop (and get progressively worse) over the past few years.
In case you're looking to work with the team, they currently have four positions open, and who knows, you could make a huge change to a road network that desperately needs it!
To find out more, check out the video below, and like them on Facebook to keep updated with the launch.
Locations and pricing
How many bikes will be available?
370 (including six e-bikes)
Where will they be placed?
In 53 stations around these localities: Sliema, St Julian's, Paceville, Msida, San Gwann, Ta Xbiex, Gzira, Bugibba, St Paul's Bay, University of Malta, Mater Dei, Pembroke and Valletta.
How much does it cost?
Non-members get up to €16 for 24 hours (€1.50 for first 30 minutes followed by €1 for every other 30 minutes). Members pay €80 annually and get unlimited 30-minute rides.