- the bike-sharing service in Bratislava will be called Slovnaft BAjk
- installation of docking stations started in the middle of May in four city districts - Staré Mesto, Nové Mesto, Ružinov and Petržalka
- at the beginning, the system will consist of 90 docking stations and 750 smart bikes
- the partners open a competition via slovnaftbajk.sk within which participants may win a two-month program for use at no charge of the Bratislava bike-sharing system
BRATISLAVA, 15th of May 2018 – The bike-sharing system in Bratislava called Slovnaft BAjk is shaping up. The installation of docking stations of the system started in May. In June, already 90 docking stations will be ready for operation of the system and Bratislava inhabitants will have 750 bikes in total at disposal. This is the first phase of the project the pilot operation of which will commence before summer holidays, i.e. by the end of the 2nd quarter of 2018.
“Bratislava will have a very functional, modern and attractive bicycle sharing system as we know it from many European countries. I am glad that our city will be joining more than 30 European metropolises where this system works successfully. Bikesharing in Bratislava will be the largest project of its kind in the Slovak Republic,” said Ivo Nesrovnal, the Mayor of Bratislava City.
During the following weeks, new docking stations will be installed in the streets of Bratislava. Slovnaft and the Capital of the SR, Bratislava, will install 10 smart docking stations and 80 classical docking stations in total in four most populated city districts of Bratislava. Localities for the stations have been selected to facilitate, to the maximum possible extent, the access of users to cycling routes and the public transport system in Bratislava. Docking stations will be situated approximately 300 up to 500 meters one from another. Initially, they will not function until the launch of a short testing phase lasting 48 hours with participation of selected users. Immediately after the testing phase, the pilot phase of the project intended for the public will commence before summer holidays, i.e. by the end of the 2nd quarter of 2018.
Smart bikes for the Bratislava bike-sharing system are manufactured in the European Union, as a turnkey project, in compliance with the requirements of both project partners. In addition to a built-in computer, each bike contains a GPS device thanks to which bikes will be monitored constantly. The special aluminium frame guarantees a lower weight of the bike and thus a more comfortable ride when compared to other bikes used within bike-sharing systems across Europe. Sovnaft BAjks are made from a special material which fact eliminates the possibility of damage or theft.
Furthermore, the SLOVNAFT, a.s. company has introduced an interactive questionnaire via www.slovnaftbajk.sk offering the opportunity to participate in the competition within which you may win a two-month bike-sharing program voucher or a stylish city bike seat cover.
“Slovnaft BAjk is the first service of the Slovnaft that goes beyond its traditional range of business activities. Through the partnership within the project we fulfil the strategy of our company aimed at offering clients also other and innovative services,” explained Gabriel Szabó, CEO of SLOVNAFT, a.s.
Use of the bike-sharing system will mean four basic benefit for users - faster transport across the Capital, transport cost savings, physical condition improvement, and emission reduction, i.e. environmental protection.