The ecological means of transport are more fashionable than ever and Madrid has been the last European capital to join this growing tendency, inaugurating this summer its system of public bikes. Sport, environment and the comfort of the bike are the main advantages of this means of transport over the car. If we consider the advantages it has for enjoying the city and its tourist attractions, then we have the perfect option for us to travel around Madrid.
BiciMAD is not exclusive for residents, although they have more advantages regarding rates and special bonus: you can have access to the public bikes of Madrid for 15€ a year with your Community transport ticket, 25€ if you pay for a year but you do not have a Community transport ticket, or 50 cents for the first half hour and 60 for the next ones. But if you do not live in Madrid, you will also be able to use the BiciMAD with a season ticket (for 1, 3 or 5 days) for 2€ the first hour and 4€ the second hour.
The service offers 1560 electrical bikes of different categories in 123 different stations (3216 moorings). Besides, there is available a virtual section called Bike office where you can request any type of information and find interesting advice: maps, bike routes, mobility plans and norms of use.
Although many would think moving around Madrid by bike is impossible due to the traffic, the reality is quite different: going by bike around Madrid is easier and safer every day, although you have to respect the norms and use the areas devised for cyclists, respecting cars and pedestrians.
Routes to the Casa de campo, tours around Manzanares, circuits around the centre of Madrid…Taking into account the success of this new service, many hotels in Madrid offer a free service of bike rental to their guests. One of the pioneer firms in offering this free service was Petit Palace, a Basque firm specialised in boutique hotels in Spain with a portfolio with more than 30 hotels in the centre of Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, Salamanca, Bilbao, Malaga and Valencia.
These are some of our recommendations for you to enjoy a relaxing bike tour around Madrid:
– Drive along the right lane, as the left lane is for faster drivers.
– Choose the central area of the lane so that car drivers do not overtake you in unsafe areas.
– Drive in a straight line and signal your turns.
– Use a side mirror, specially if you are going to drive along busy streets.
– The use of earphones is forbidden, as they void one of the essential senses for driving.