Stockholm’s electric bikes
TRANSPORT Stockholm’s longrunning public bike-share scheme is getting a hi-tech update. The current 1,200 standard bikes will be replaced by 5,000 hybrid electric models. It’s believed to be the world’s first hybrid bike-share scheme, and will allow users to travel longer distances than they might have done before.
“When you register, you are given a small battery which you can charge at home,” says Daniel Helldén, the city’s vice-mayor of traffic. “If you don’t want to use the battery, you just use the bikes like a normal bike, but if you want an electric one, you connect the battery, which is included in the normal season ticket price.”
Meanwhile, in Rome, where a bike-sharing scheme failed partly because of the city’s hilly topography, the city council has unveiled a fleet of zero-emission scooters in a new rental scheme.