From Monday, passengers who use an electronic coupon for public transport in Prague can also use shared bicycles via Lítačka. In a trial run, the city decided to test whether people in Prague would be interested in such a service. If the shared bikes work, they could become a permanent part of public transport from next year.
Prague has agreed with two companies that operate shared bicycles in metropolises – Rekola and NextBike. Passengers report their data from Lítačka in their applications, and this will allow them to ride a bicycle up to four times a day for fifteen minutes at no additional charge. In the trial mode, the loan limit is also set – approximately 150 thousand.
Based on how often and for how long people use bicycles, the city wants to evaluate the operation. “We will monitor all data, such as where people go from, whether they use it from a metro station or tram stop, how far, how many minutes they will use – so that it will be for future permanent traffic,” says Deputy Mayor for Transport Adam Scheinherr (Prague Sobě) .
The municipality should have the evaluation of the rose. According to his data, approximately 250,000 people are currently actively using Lítačka in Prague, and about 700,000 people have downloaded the application itself.
The city originally did not want to start operation until the autumn, but the project has only been completed now. Deputy Adam Scheinherr added that many people had cleaned their bikes before the winter, while the weather still allowed driving around Prague for some time.
To rent a bike, you can use the coupon recorded on the plastic Lítačka, payment protection, in the application, but also the In-approval of Czech Railways.