Dutch rail operator NS this week introduced e-bikes to its line-up of traditional public transport rental bikes at regional railway stations in the province of Utrecht.
The company would like to know how far people are using e-bikes, whether e-bikes are proving to be a popular option. It also tracks your speed and map usage.
NS Head of Services Marise Bezema said: , Said.
The trial started with 30 e-bikes of the familiar NS brand blue and yellow from Driebergen-Zeist. Others not yet known, he plans to rent e-bikes in the future, even at three stations.
The Driebergen-Zeist was chosen for its proximity to nature where cyclists can benefit from a slight electric boost. “On weekends, utrecht heuverrug It’s a popular destination for travelers coming by train to Driebergen-Zeist station,” says Bezema. “A public transport e-bike trial will also allow travelers to explore nature reserves on e-bikes.”
An e-bike can travel up to 110 kilometers depending on the driving mode. According to NS, the batteries, which renters are not allowed to refill themselves, are charged with “100% green energy.” The OV electric bike rental costs €10 per day, compared to €4.15 for his regular OV Pedal Pusher.
The bike is also equipped with a GPS tracker so it can be located in case of theft. To protect privacy, personal data (NS scope) is separated from location data, which is only accessible to the bike supplier (Noord).
NS currently rents out about 22,000 public transport bikes in 300 locations to people with a personal OV chip card.
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