Posted May 19th, 2011
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Update - September 2011
Vilnius became the first city in Europe to introduce a public electric bike “Rent and Share” system. The electric bicycle hire scheme, one of a series of initiatives by Vilnius Mayor Arturas Zuokas, reinforces Vilnius’ goal of becoming a world leader in making the latest environment friendly transportation technologies widely available.
“It’s good for the people of Vilnius, it’s good for our visitors and it’s good for the city. I’m pleased that Vilnius has taken the lead in providing a new mode of quality public transportation which addresses urban congestion issues that all cities face. I hope that other cities will follow our lead,” stated Mayor Zuokas, who recently achieved world-wide internet fame in a specially produced Public Service Announcement by the City of Vilnius highlighting parking violation problems by driving over an illegally parked car with a tank.
The bikes are called “e-orange” and are detailed with bright orange stripes. They will be available for rental at four Tourism Information Centres located in the downtown and Old Town areas of Vilnius. They will cost from 3 euros for the first hour of rental with increasing hourly costs e.g. a four hour ride will cost 26 euros. A 145 euro deposit is required by credit card at the time of rental and is refunded to the renter immediately upon return of the bike to the original rental point. A built in GPS system monitors the whereabouts of the bicycles at any given time.
Additionally, a new minibus route has just started – from/ to Vilnius Bus Station to the International Vilnius Airport. Specially marked minibuses of sixteen seats will depart from the second platform of the bus station. Passengers will find the timetable and other useful information there. Schedules are adjusted according to aircraft departure and arrival schedules. The service runs from 7:40 A.M. to 10:40 P.M and departs every forty minutes.
The price for this service is three Litas (approximately £0.75) per journey.
For more information visit www.LithuaniaTourism.co.uk