Five years after it was launched as a pilot project, the public bike system Nextbike now has 30,000 users in 20 cities and towns in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the company announcing its expansion to Slovenia and Serbia. There are a total of 550 bicycles available at the moment, and as of next year, they will be available for a ride in 30 cities and towns – says Kresimir Dvorski, who runs the project together with Ante Gustin
“Our aim is to have 100,000 users in the countries of the former Yugoslavia by 2020. We have already started conquering the markets in the region, and so far, our services are available in three cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Sarajevo, Tuzla and Banja Luka. Slovenia and Serbia have also shown interest for our services and we have also been contacted by investors interested in joining the project, who are aware that sustainable urban mobility is becoming very important”, Dvorski added.
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This summer, Nextbike’s service will become available in Jastrebarsko and Drnis, where the project will be tied to the National Park Krka.
The public bike system, the Croatian branch of the German project and company Nextbike, had revenues of HRK 2.3 million (EUR 311,500) in 2016.
The Nextbike service is offered in several forms – a one-year subscription, a seven-day subscription for tourists, or a Pay as You Go service, where using a bike for 30 minutes costs around EUR 0.7 in Croatia, whereas the usage of an electric bicycle costs EUR 1.35.
In Zagreb, where Nextbike has 10,500 users, the city has allowed the company to use public areas as bike stations.
“In the beginning, we were told that the project would not succeed, that we are not like Denmark or Germany, that we lack good infrastructure, and that the mentality of the people is different. Today, Croatia is among the leading European countries in the number of cities and towns involved in this project”, Dvorski underlines.
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