The Slovenian city of Maribor has joined the group of cities that provides a public bicycle sharing service for its residents and visitors. The new system is called Mbajk and includes 210 bicycles based at 21 stations located in the broader area of the city centre.
Mbajk is designed to be used by those wanting single-ride hires within the city, and so is a scheme that complements public transport services, instead of those looking for multi-hour or full-day bike rental. Consequently, the first hour of any trip is free of charge for an unlimited number of hires.
Bicycles can be picked up at any station and left at any station. Renting a bicycle is undertaken either at a station’s terminal or by using the Mbajk mobile app. The only cost for people cycling less than 1 hour each time is a yearly registration fee of 3 euro; registration is undertaken on the service’s website.
Mbajk will operate all day, every day. The city of Maribor has a fixed 15-year contract with Europlakat, which provides 15 stations and 150 bicycles, with the remainder being provided by additional partners.
Saša Arsenovič, Mayor of Maribor, believes that the bicycle sharing service will see further expansion in the future.
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Article published first at total slovenia news on 21 April 2022.