small-bikeThe city of Karlovac earlier this month launched a bike-sharing scheme, the fourth city in Croatia to install such a system.

Operated by German bike-sharing system developer nextbike, the scheme will be trialled initially for three months at a cost of 50 000 Croatian kuna (€ 6 610).

The fleet consists of 15 three-speed city bikes and two electric bikes. Users will have to open an account for 40 kuna (€ 5.30), giving them access to the bikes for the three months of the trial period.

This amount remains on the account as credit; the first 30 minutes of every rental are free of charge with each additional hour costing 4 kuna (€0.53).

‘Karlovac is making great efforts in sustainable development, particularly in the area of ​​planning of transport infrastructure and cleaner or green public transportation,’ said Vesna Ribar from the Karlovac Department of Municipal Economy.

‘We expect the system of public bicycles to have a significant impact on improving the quality of life in the city.’

Zagreb, Šibenik and Gospić are already operating bike-sharing systems. nextbike has a total of 160 bicycles and 7 500 registered users across Croatia.