Moscow has launched an urban bike rental program, similar to Paris’ Velib program and those in other cities. The program was inaugurated in June with 30 bicycle rental stations around central Moscow, mostly along the boulevard ring.
Red bicycles with comfortable seats and low frames can be rented for as little as 30 minutes. Users must register at the official website velobike.ru and deposit money into an online account. The cost includes a fee for accessing the network (100 rubles per day, 250 rubles per week, etc.) as well as payment for each individual trip over 30 minutes (the first 30 minutes are free). The website maps available bicycles and stations around the city.
In the future, the city hopes to expand the network beyond the city center to Park Pobedy in the west and Moscow State University in the southwest, areas favored by riders.
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