City bike rentals are well known all over the world. From USA and Canada to the UK and China, the simple idea of a city bike-sharing system has taken root in most big cities and the bikes are well used. It was time the bike-sharing got to Reykjavik too and WOW air, an airline proud of its bike-friendly culture (not to mention the WOW Cyclothon), is happy to be the one to offer this user-friendly bike rental to the people of Reykjavik and their visitors.
This June WOW air set up eight WOW citybike stations in and around downtown Reykjavik providing affordable access to bikes for short distance trips. This gives riders the chance to forgo motorized transport while still traveling quickly from A to B where they can return the bike and then take it out again when it’s time to move on to the next exciting destination. This affordable option is more fun than a bus or a taxi and an easy way to get to know Reykjavik.
“Cycling is a great way to commute and it’s been gaining in popularity in Iceland as it’s both healthy and environmental. We’re proud to be a part of this transition, first with WOW Cyclothon and now with the WOW citybikes which will definitely bring a touch of color to the streets of Reykjavik this summer and help create a fun a lively atmosphere,” says Skúli Mogensen founder and CEO of WOW air.
They see me rollin’
Bicycling is an eco-friendly way to sight-see wherever you go. Cycling reduces traffic congestion, noise and air pollution. We wholeheartedly recommend riding around Reykjavik while taking in the sights.
Renting a WOW citybike is easy. Go to any WOW citybike station and use your credit card in the kiosk to sign in and get a code. Use your code to take out a bike and ride as you please, for up to 30 minutes for only 400 ISK. Before your half hour is up, return the bike to any WOW citybike station and wait at least 2 minutes before you take the bike out again, if you have time left, or get another 30-minute credit. You can do this all day long but if you decide to go for a long ride on a WOW citybike an added half hour will cost 600 ISK.
We hope to see everyone riding bikes in Reykjavik this summer, using them as an environmentally friendly mode of transportation to go sightseeing in Reykjavik.
Built for riding
WOW citybikes are rust and corrosion proof with aluminum frames and steel accessories. The bikes have three gears, handle breaks on both handles and adjustable seats. The tires are also durable and designed to be puncture proof. These bikes are the same as used in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Montréal and London. WOW air will offer 100 bikes divided between eight kiosk stations.