Hey you! Did you know that there is a new, innovative and sustainable solution to cycling your way around the island?! Its name is Nextbike and it is a bike sharing service. This could be the green future of Malta.
Directly from Germany, this company has 14 years of experience in bike sharing solutions. Nextbike offers high-quality service, with a reliable and flexible bike share schemes. From Germany, the company has exported its bikes in 26 European countries, for an amount of 200 cities. The main purpose of the company is to make cycling an integral part of urban mobility, a sustainable way of moving that makes cities more liveable.
Available 24/7, the rental bikes are a form of local public transport on equal footing with buses. In fact, it is the perfect solution to close gaps in the network and timetables of buses. In Malta, there are 400 bikes divided into 60 different stations spread out over the island. The service covers the main part of the urban area of Malta with stations in Pembroke, Sliema, St. Julians, San Gwann, Ta’ Xbiex, Imsida, Gzira and Swatar, Vittoriosa, Valletta and soon in Bugibba and St. Paul's Bay, Naxxar, Airport, Marsaskala and Mellieha.
This is an ideal and climate-friendly solution for the tourists as much as for the locals. Registration is free of charge. It is possible to register by downloading Nextbike app or signing up directly on this website. By subscribing to a membership plan you get unlimited 30 minutes ride for free! (Whoop)
It is possible to rent up to 4 bikes at any one time. The bikes are available at fixed stations, which can be identified with a terminal. To find the terminal easier there are SmartSigns in the map on the website or app to increase public awareness. Bicycles can be rented and returned on any public road within a defined zone, that gives to the customer maximum flexibility. You can rent the bike through the app, the website, hotline or directly at the terminal.
But this is not the only service of the company. For the ones that would like to learn or improve their cycling skills, there is a specific course: Bikeability. (How cool!)
Cycling for pleasure and fitness in the Maltese islands is gaining ground and lately, a few cycle lanes have also been introduced. The island has the perfect scenery for cycling. Thanks for its sunny climate, it is possible to use the service for almost all year. It is a health and fit alternative for moving to the island, as well as being sustainable and green.
In addition, with bike sharing, you can avoid the problem of time buses, traffic and parking. Cycling along the mild hills, the spectacular coast and enjoy the sea and the countryside panoramas. Go between the typical Maltese rubble walls and be delighted by the beautiful scenery of the Maltese islands that cannot be appreciated using a car. Or combine cycling with culture and heritage.
Using Nextbike you can easily reach different places of interest as the city centre of Sliema, St Julian’s and Valletta, some beaches, Popeye Village and Hagar Qim Temples. Whether it is to go to work, to school, to the beach or to do something different and fun with friends, try it and let yourself be transported, riding the bike, by the fresh breeze of Malta. Download the app now for some great updates, consistently updating more stations, information and deals! Happy cycling!
Written by Chiara Dalla Fontana