Electric Bikes in Pula Popular With Tourists from Croatia and Abroad

Lauren Simmonds

As Glas Istre/Mirjana Vermezovic Ivanovic writes on the 6th of August, 2019, there are exactly 29 electric bicycles available in Pula and they are located at the bus station, Giardini, Narodni trg, opposite the entry ramp at Verudela, at the Stoja turnstile, and at Zlatne stijene. It’s possible to use the electric bikes for one hundred kuna for an entire week.

In accordance with its ecological orientation, as part of the ”Bicikleta” project, the City of Pula has placed electric bicycles in strategic positions across Pula that can be used by both citizens and tourists at their will. They can be found at the above-mentioned locations.

It is part of a commendable initiative introduced back in 2015 and offers the ecological opportunity to transport people to their desired destinations quickly, in an environmentally friendly way, without waiting, sweating, anguish and dependence on parking spaces, roads, traffic and public transport. In addition to contributing to a healthier type of lifestyle, this mode of transport also contributes to the green image of Pula.

However, many of Pula’s citizens have complained that there were never any electric bicycles available in any of the locations mentioned previously.

Therefore, local portal Glas Istre asked the City of Pula questions about what the driving conditions were, who was using the city bikes and if there is any abuse of the system. Pula’s city administration took care to remind us of the fact that when the city was at the very beginning of project, when the use of the electric bikes was free, individuals abused this opportunity and practically appropriated the city bikes, constantly using them for their own various needs. After that, cards were introduced, so the user, with a one-off payment of one hundred kuna, could use bicycles indefinitely throughout the year.

In order to rent one of these electric bikes today, it is necessary to purchase a rental code via a smartphone using a special application (app). After making the payment, the user receives a code and can use a bicycle. More details are available at the bike stops, where there are also bicycle charging stations. When parked, these vehicles automatically charge.

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