Palma.—Almost 3'000 tourists are expected to use the Bicipalma bikes every year, from 2014, when the service becomes available to them. Palma City Council announced this week that visitors will soon be able to use the bicycles and that the growing number of tourists using bikes is increasing rapidly. “ Foreign tourists are used to using bikes to tour cities. It will be hard to reach the numbers shown for example in northern Europe but the growth of this type of transport is unstoppable,” said Gabrial Vallejo, from the local Innovation Institute.

Vallejo informed that a new information system is already being tested to make the bicycles available to visitors and that the price packages have also been approved.

The prices for this future short term rental service will cost nine euros for a three day rental period and 12 euros for seven days.
Vallejo also took the chance to critisise the previous authorities responsible for this public service. “The PSOE left an absolute chaotic system in place. There were acts of vandalism but we managed to fix that and offer a service that works perfectly.” Tourist showing a lot of interest
According to the council, Bicipalma has currently 2'014 citizens registered as users and Vallejo confirmed that predictions suggest this number is set to increase even further once more bicycle stations become available all over the city, adding that the number of people (many of them tourists) that often stop at these stations to investigate how the system works is growing.


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