Since it first opened on 8 June, Tartu Smart Bike Share bicycles have covered more than 1.5 million kilometres, with more than 532,000 rides having been taken. During the summer months, Tartu Smart Bike Share had nearly 20,000 active users.
After the summer discount period ended, there are still 7000 active users who have purchased either a Tartu Smart Bike Share membership or bus period ticket required to use a bicycle. Tartu Deputy Mayor Raimond Tamm welcomed the attention that the arrival of Tartu Smart Bike Share brought to moving about on bicycles. ‘I know that there were many drivers who left their cars at home and chose the more sustainable method of travel by bicycle. I myself am one of those drivers. When looking at the city, it seemed that there were many more personal bicycles in the city environment this summer, which was perhaps due to the positive influence of Tartu Smart Bike Share,’ said Tamm.
The average distance travelled by Tartu Smart Bike Share bicycles is around 2000 kilometres. Some bicycles have already exceeded a distance of 5000 kilometres. More than five trips have been taken for each person living in Tartu.
According to Roman Meeksa, Head of the Tartu City Transport Unit, the greater than expected popularity of Tartu Smart Bike Share put the entire team to the test. ‘Within the first 40 days the same distance was covered in Tartu that our bicycle supplier Bewegen had forecast for the first two years, based on its experience from other cities. Thanks to this experience we are now much better prepared for upcoming in season periods,’ said Meeksa.
In combination with the new environmentally friendly gas buses, Tartu City has entered a new era of sustainable transportation. With an increasing number of users, it is hoped that car use will go on the decline in the upcoming years and other, greener modes of transport will become more popular.
More information and statistics on Tartu bike sharing can be found here: https://ratas.tartu.ee/