MARBELLA is to become only the third city in Spain to offer visitors and residents the chance to hire a bike for the day at a cost of just €5.
Ángeles Muñoz, mayor of Marbella announced this news last Wednesday saying that “sustainable mobility is a priority and we thank OFO (suppliers of the bicycles) for cooperating with Marbella to develop an innovative project that encourages the use of bicycles as an urban transport vehicle.”
OFO is a Chinese based company which has a fleet of more than 10 million bicycles in 200 cities around the world and their concept is unusual in as much as they do not use docking stations such as those in London.
Instead, users download a special OFO App for either Android or iPhone which will allow them to locate the nearest ‘free’ bicycle digitally release a padlock and ride off with the initial cost expected to be 35c per half hour or €5 for the day.
At the end of the trip, they can park in any area authorized for bicycles and manually lock the padlock at the end of the service.
A trial period will commence in January with 200 bikes available throughout the city which if successful will see the number of bicycles available to as many as 500.