Mevo review - about bike rental systems 🚲🇵🇱 Mevo is a relatively new bike rental system in my hometown, Tricity. I have finally got to try it out and well... I am not amazed 😕 After three rides, I drew some conclusions: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
+ It is very cheap - a minute costs 0,10 zl (0,03€), but you can also subscribe for 10 zl (app 2,50€) per month or 100 zl (app 25€) per year, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
+ the stations are located in good locations, spread around the whole agglomeration, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
+ yet most of all, the system promotes green commuting! 🍀🌳🌍 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- The bikes have an electric support which either makes them unbelievably difficult (if the bike is not charged sufficiently) or dangerously too easy (when on 100%) to ride, to the point you might as well give up your breaks because the bike goes on its own,
- they are very heavy and for somebody of my posture (1,50 cm and no arm muscles 🧚🏻♂️) almost unliftable, ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
- oftentimes, the stations are empty; one day I did not manage to catch a single bike - can be very inconvenient if you don’t have a bike of your own but need to get places; the company should introduce more of them!
Also, at least Sopot is not a good place to rent them - there are very few bike lines, the roads are bumpy and dangerous because the drivers do not pay any attention to the cyclists on the road - pavements are even and fine enough but come on, these are for pedestrians, not cyclists!
In comparison, in the Netherlands you can get a bike for your own for 10/12€ per month - if it breaks down, the fixing service takes care of it within a day. Swapfiets are more expensive yet way more convenient; all in all, I hope a service of this kind will be introduced in Poland very soon! 🙈
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