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City’s new bike rental program off to a successful start with 240 bicycles in 16 locations

According to the city transportation office, Cuenca’s new bicycle rental program, BiciPublica, has proven popular in its first month of operation.

Bicycle rentals are available at 16 locations around town. (El Tiempo)

The  public bicycle loan program premiered in April with 240 bicycles in 16 locations throughout the city.

“The response has been excellent and we encourage more people to take advantage of it,” says Adrian Castro, spokesperson for the city’s transportation office, EMOV. It’s easy to participate in the program, he says.

“You can register in our office at Paseo 3 de Noviembre and Juana de Arco during regular business hours or online at bicipublicacuenca.com,” Castro said. Cost of registration is $3.

Castro adds that a mobile app for the program is available for android and Apple smart phones.

Bike rental rates are 25 cents for 30 minutes, 50 cents for an hour and 50 cents for each additional hour. Tourists can use the system for a daily fee of $10.

Made with anti-vandal components resistant to weathering, the 3-speed rental bikes have a front basket for cargo. Bikes have a tamper-proof GPS tracking system to facilitate assistance if required.

Among the bike rental stations currently in operation are: Terminal Terrestre , Park El Paraíso, María Auxiliadora, La Merced, Victor J. Cuesta, Portal Artesanal, El Vergel, Park Mother, University of Cuenca, The Concordia, Santo Domingo, San Sebastian, Calderon Park, Centennial, Farol, Panama School, La Salle, and University of Azuay.

For more information, consult the BiciPublica website.