The City of Ostrava, along with increasing numbers of its citizens, views cycling as a quick, eco-friendly and healthy form of individual transport, and cycling is also an ideal mode of transport for visitors to the city. In 2017, a public opinion survey showed that Ostrava’s people would be interested in using a bikesharing scheme if it was set up in the city. Currently the system operates in 15 of Ostrava’s municipal districts, with over 3000 bike loans every day on average.
In 2018 Ostrava launched a bikesharing scheme run by the Rekola company. The project was very well-received, so the City decided to expand it into other parts of the city. In 2019 Rekola ran the scheme (without funding from the City) throughout the wider city centre, with around 130 distinctive pink bikes available to borrow.
In 2019 and 2020 the winner of the tender for the bikesharing scheme was Next Bike Czech Republic.
In the 2019 season the scheme operated with 600 bikes and 210 bikesharing points where the bikes are borrowed and returned. In 2020 the scheme was expanded, and it currently operates 900 bikes at 270 separate bikesharing points. A complete list and a map are available HERE. The scheme runs from March to December. The first 15 minutes are free of charge (subsidized by the City).
From 15 May the scheme has also been available in two neighbouring towns, Vřesina and Hlučín. These towns have 6 bikesharing points (15 bikes), which can be borrowed or returned anywhere in Ostrava.
Figures from the scheme
Statistical overview for 2020
This year, Ostrava has already broken last year’s record of 521 395 kilometres covered as part of the bikesharing scheme – in fact, by the end of the year it could even exceed a million kilometres.
This year so far (up to 11 August), users have borrowed bikes 407 773 times, covering 530 105 kilometres. The strongest interest was in July, with bikes borrowed 96 336 times in total.
The most popular bikesharing points in Ostrava-Poruba are Telekomunikační škola, Třebovická, and Hlavní třída. In Moravská Ostrava (the city centre and surroundings) the most frequently used points are Nová Karolina, Pyková dáma and Komenského sady. The most used points in Ostrava-Jih are stanice Kotlářova, Aviatiků and Cholevova.
Nextbike is a charity partner
Nextbike Czech Republic has been working with the “A Drop of Hope” charity foundation since the company first entered the Czech market in the spring of 2019. In 2020 this partnership was expanded via a new project covering cities where the company’s bikesharing schemes operate (Praha, Brno, Ostrava, Olomouc, Havířov, Prostějov, Opava, Kladno); the company contributes 1 CZK to the charity each time a bike is borrowed. The total sum raised in this way is then distributed to help hospital facilities in the relevant region.