Mallorca tourists to get access to Bicipalma “Boris bikes”
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.