Maribor launches bike share system

Maribor – The city of Maribor launched on Thursday a bicycle sharing system called Mbajk that currently comprises 21 docking stations and 210 bicycles spread across the broader area of the city centre. The first hour of rental is free of charge.

The system is scheduled to officially open after the May Day holidays.

The bikes are for single-ride hire, not for multi-hour or full-day hire. “This is a practical and environmentally friendly addition to the public passenger transport system in the city,” the Maribor municipality said.

Users can rent a bike at any of the stations and return it to any of the stations as well. Bikes can be rented via the terminal at the station or using the Mbajk mobile app. Users can also check the availability of free bikes and locks for each station.

They pay an annual registration fee of EUR 3. The first hour of each rental is free for an unlimited number of rentals. Users can register for the system at www.mbajk.si.

The system will be operational 24 hours a day and every day of the year.

The municipality has contracted Europlakat to set up the system under a 15-year contract. The company provided 15 stations and 150 bicycles, while other partners, led by the NLB Group, provided the rest.

According to Maribor Mayor Saša Arsenovič, the network will be expanded further in the future.