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Dead cheap bike hire on Spanish holiday island

From 2014, visitors to the Spanish tourist Mecca of Mallorca will be abe to use the island’s Boris bike-style hire bike system.

The Bicipalma bikes have up to now only been available to locals as proof of residency is needed to become a member of the scheme. But from next year that’s set to change as Mallorca recognises the role of rental bikes in allowing tourists to explore the island.

After the London cycle rental scheme was opened to casual use it was estimated that more tourists than locals were using the bikes.

Gabrial Vallejo from the local Innovation Institute said “Foreign tourists are used to using bikes to tour cities. It will be hard to reach the numbers shown for example in northern Europe but the growth of this type of transport is unstoppable.”

Three days’ rental of a Bicipalma bike will cost a very reasonable €9 and €12 will get you a whole week.

According to SeeMallorca.com, the system is used by just over 2000 Palma residents but the council expects the bikes to be used by 3000 tourists next year.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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NeilXDavis [122 posts] 3 years ago
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Blimey $12 a week is v good value..

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merckxissimo [57 posts] 3 years ago
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I'll buy a beer for the first person to ride one up Sa Calobra...

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phazon [28 posts] 3 years ago
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Going down it could be even worse...

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a_to_the_j [118 posts] 3 years ago
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a recent trip, i was amazed at how cheap it was compared to the UK.

an excellent barista made coffee served to my table on a stainless steel tray in a perfect cup with 2 biscuits for 1.50EURO compared to getting a polystyrene nescafe one for similar price recently in the uk....

also Lactose free milk was 25p cheaper on the island than my local Tesco mainland....

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TeamCC [146 posts] 3 years ago
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I love bicycling in other cities, going by taxi, bus, tube, always keeps me lost in the city. Feels like being transported from spot to spot without really taking in the culture.