The Worlds first Smart Bike – Bycyklen


Wow, this really is the ultimate in city bike hire.  With electric assist and a built-in tablet providing ride information and GPS, Copenhagen’s Bycyklen really is the way forward for integrated city transport.  Can you imagine our city centres where this kind of transport is available?  The scheme just launched in Glasgow is already booming, but the technology in these bikes opens up green transport for all.  Here is what the Danes have to say about this wonderful bike and a link to a BBC video:

Bycyklen is THE next generation of transport for the urban traveller, combining the latest electric smart bikes with convenience, mobility and simplicity of use. Bycykel is healthy for the city, not only saving on CO2 emissions, but our dynamic city bike solution integrates with Copenhagen’s & Frederiksberg existing innovative transport infrastructure and offers new opportunities and benefits to the cities community.

Tourists can see Copenhagen like a Dane – on two wheels
Climb aboard a Bycykel and experience the sights with a built in GPS the city can be quickly navigated; attractions, museums, events, restaurants, weather and more. Flexible and simple to use for commuters. Commuters who make Bycyklen part of their daily commute can experience a green, healthy and cutting edge alternative. They can choose from flexible options, either using a Bycykel for a whole journey or just part of it.

The Worlds first Smart Bike
The Bycyklen smart bike represents the latest generation of urban electric bikes, combining state-of-the-art mobility, touchscreen computing and GPS navigation all in a stylish and durable design. The Bycykel is ready for anything; no puncture tires, built in lights, adjustable seat, luggage rack, mudguards, 3 speed Sturmey Archer gears and coaster brakes.
• Stylish and durable for maximum ride quality and comfort
• Integrated onboard computer with GPS route planner
for quick navigation
• Every Bycykel has an electric motor with speed settings to
assist in all types of terrain
• Seal of quality: Manufactured by German company MIFA Sangerhausen Bycyklen benefits from high quality production techniques and materials
• Tough and durable: Bycykel onboard computing and GPS is handled by a rugged digital screen that is ideal for extreme work environments manufactured by Getac
• First digital lock from AXA. Flexibility to park the bike anywhere safely and securely – even when no docking points are available

Flexible pricing
Bycklen has flexible pricing, designed to make it easy-to-use and suit the different types of user and their unique journey. Single users can benefit from ‘by the hour’ pricing whilst regular users can ‘subscribe’ with a low monthly payment and benefit from a greatly reduced hourly rate and FREE use for journeys less than 30 minutes.
Single trip 25 DKK/ per hour
Monthly subscription fee 6 DKK/ per hour

A complete online solution
The platform delivers all the information that a user needs in a concise easy to use format. It links into a powerful database that can track, manage the users trip and for tourists the system can even create bespoke route plans and inspiring tours of the city to take in all the attractions and sites. Online a user can locate the nearest Bycykel docking station and check the current availability at one of the Bycyklen docking stations in the city.

The Gobike vision of urban mobility
The Gobike system is designed to make getting around the city easy and fun for visitors and residents alike. The system is always evolving and adopting – even learning. This is the unique quality of the Gobike system and why we believe we have something to offer everybody, from tourists, residents, commuters and local authories and councils. We believe the Gobike e-bike sharing system will have a profound effect on urban transportation in the coming years.

Growing by the day
You can currently pick up and drop off a Bycykel smart bike at one of 25 convenient locations across Copenhagen & Frederiksberg, with new locations added monthly we estimate by 2015 there will be 20 to 65 new locations.


  1. Tested today with the following experience:

    + great idea

    – time consuming to create account
    – credit card details incl security number required
    – two most central bike stations in Kopenhagen (Main station and Ratshausplatsed) are usually booked out even during week days (tested on 14/15 July)
    – available bikes are either broken or charging the battery
    – they charge for reservations which apparently haven’t been fulfilled (even though we went to the reserved spot and tried to rent all available bikes)
    – calling the helpline doesn’t resolve anything
    – email correspondence in Denish rather than English