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Challenge / Goal

Developing a bike sharing system has been one of the mobility priorities of the City of Tartu. A respective feasibility analysis was carried out in 2014 and a business model was  developed based on the findings. The analysis showed that the potential number of bike share users in Tartu could be up to 224,000 people annually. The aim of setting up a public bike sharing system is to encourage the use of bicycles and make this a considerable alternative to cars. It is expected that the bike sharing system will bring about decreased environmental problems (noise, air quality), parking issues and problems with traffic intensity. Bike sharing is considered a part of the public transport system of the City of Tartu.


A bike sharing system of 450 bicycles and 65 parking locations has been set up as an additional mobility measure during the SmartEnCity project. The system is designed as an electric bike sharing system and is mainly targeted at people who need to travel ca. 2-5 km to work, school, home etc. Broadly speaking, the bike sharing system consists of public city bikes, parking lots with safety locks and a software system that enables to manage rides, rent out a bike in one of the parking locations and relock it in another. The service users will be identified through Tartu’s smart card (also used for other modes of transport) or mobile app. Visitors and tourists can join temporarily with their credit cards. The operator will collect information about the performance and use of the system for further planning purposes.

Citizen Participation

The parking locations were determined with the help of a highly successful participative planning campaign by allowing citizens to mark on a map where they would like the stations to be.

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Time Period

Planing Time: 0.5 - 1 years

Implementation Time: 0.5 - 1 years


City of Tartu, Terasteenused

Service Providers

Bewegen Technologies Inc, Terasteenus OÜ

End User

Citizens, visitors

    Main Benefits

  • Promoting sustainable private transport models,

  • Promoting active living,

  • Reducing use of fossils,