Monday, August 29, 2011
Our World - Vienna Citybike
This is one of several bike rental stands around Vienna. Like many parts of Europe, it's a citywide effort to encourage cycling in the city and best of all you need not look far to find a bicycle path. There are cycle lanes everywhere and the sidewalks are pretty wide enough to support both the pedestrian walkway and bike path.
With a ticket you can ride one of these bikes for free for an hour and €1 per hour thereafter. I was told that you can even return a bike within an hour after a break of more than 15 mins and then hop on another bike back for free hour bonus. Sounds tempting, right?
As much as I loved cycling around my neighbourhood, I have not plucked up the courage to cycle in a foreign land. The cycle lanes are pretty hectic here at times and you need to constantly look around and be careful of those rough riders. In my hometown, I was used to really quiet cycling and it was a lot more relaxing to bike around with nobody in your way. For an experienced cyclist, this would be a great way to see Vienna.
Have you experienced cycling in a foreign city?