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Veturilo fifth season starts

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Veturilo fifth season starts. Fot. R.Motyl
Veturilo fifth season starts. Fot. R.Motyl

Jubilee, fifth Veturilo season is about to start. Bicycles - including tandems and training bicycles for children – are available for rent from 1 March until the end of November.

Winter has passed and it is time to start the fifth Veturilo season. This year 204 stations and over 3,000 single-track vehicles will be available. I hope that it will be another successful season and I kindly invite you to ride a bike...It is worth cycling in the City of Warsaw” - says Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, the Mayor of the City of Warsaw.  
In the previous season Veturilo Bicycles were rented 1,975,083 times and 82,658 persons joined the group of users. From the launch of the system in 2012 city bicycles were rented 6,069,514 times, and 374,821 users registered themselves. Statistically, city bicycles were rented every 10 seconds and every 4 minutes new user registered herself/himself.   

Apart from the system of city bikes in the City of Warsaw it is also possible to use more than one thousand bicycle parking spaces, 40 self-service bike repair stations, 4 free freight bike rentals and rentals of three-wheel bikes for seniors.   

The bicycle network in the City of Warsaw has already 463 kilometres - including 371 km of roads for bikes, 57 km of bicycle-pedestrian routes and 35 km of cycling lanes and contraflow lanes. The city continues developing its infrastructure. Plans for this year assume construction and repair of 80 km of bicycle routes. More than 40 km will be financed with participatory budget. There will be constructed, among others, bike routes at Połczyńska Street, Wolska Street and Kasprzaka Street (5.3 km), Żwirki i Wigury Street (4.2 km) and Jagiellońska Street (2.5 km). Routes that will undergo renovation include Aleja KEN Street, Ciszewskiego Street, Słomińskiego Street and Podzamcze. A few dozen of kilometers of new cycling lanes will be constructed. For year 2017 there has been planned construction of subsequent 55 km bicycle routes, including bike bridge under the Łazienkowski bridge and route along Puławska Street (from the city boundaries to Domaniewska Street), routes at Aleja  Waszyngtona Street, Okopowa Street and Towarowa Street and Aleja Jana Pawła II Street.  

The City of Warsaw favours cyclists. 76 percent of respondents of the last Barometer of Warsaw acknowledged that the city favours and develops bicycle communication, and 62 percent believes Veturilo rentals function well or very well.   
Bike traffic in the City of Warsaw, according to City of Warsaw Traffic Study, corresponds to 3.8 percent of non-pedestrians.