8th March 2019
A new way of cycling around Xàbia
has been launched after Dutch company Bike2Use
introduced a new system of automatic renting of
bicycles which is already very popular across Europe.
Using a special app which can be downloaded onto your
mobile phone, the bikes can be collected from a number
of parking zones located across the municipality and
used for a charge of just 1 euro for 30 minutes.
is the first time that a private company has developed
such a scheme in the Marina Alta region. A similar innovation was
launched in Denia by the council over a decade ago but
it was not a popular method of getting around town with
just twenty-one subscribers in a year and it was
abandoned last summer.
Dutch company Bike2Use appear confident
that the public in Xàbia will be more enthusiastic
to "join the cycling evolution" and adopt
a habit that prevails in such countries as Holland and
Denmark. The distinctive bright yellow bikes are of
high-quality with three gears and an adjustable saddle.
They have been designed to be safe, comfortable and
easy to ride with motion activated front and rear lights
and a bell.
App can be downloaded from Google Play Store or iTunes
App Store by searching for "Bike2Use"
and once downloaded and installed, the registration
process is simple. Once registered, the App will be
active and you can find the closest of bike to your
current location of the 65 that the company has initially
made available. (you'll need to make sure that
your phone's GPS locator is switched on). Selecting
a bike icon on the map will give basic information
about that bike as well as an optimal route to reach
it, including distance and estimated walking time. To
pay, you need to register a debit or credit card (VIA,
Visa Electron, Mastercard and Amex)
you find a bike, you scan the QR code on the read of
its frame and it will be unlocked. (There is also
an option to manually enter the 7-digit bike code
if the bike fails to unlock by this method.) You will
be charged 1 euro for 30 minutes use or you can choose
to have an annual membership for 89 euros which entitles
you to four 30 minutes rides a day. There are also day
passes and one-week and two-week passes available. When
finished, you simply cycle to the nearest parking space
as shown on the in-App map, close the lock on the rear
wheel and mark the trip as complete using the App.
believes that Xàbia is a perfect location to
kick off a bike sharing service in the area and hopes
that locals as well as tourists visiting the town will
take advantage of the system, for instance to cycle
to the beach. Their aim is to have some 200 bikes available.
for more information about Bike2Use in Xàbia