6,000 trips in one month for the new Lisbon bicycle-sharing scheme

28 November

The city’s parking and transport company EMEL said that the journeys with Lisbon’s new bicycle-sharing scheme, named Gira, are totalling more than 5,000 kilometres in their first month of operation with more than 6,000 trips.

860 people in total signed up for the scheme from 19 September to 18 October, among them 90% are annual subscriptions and 91% chose electric bicycles.

Fully installed, the bike-sharing scheme should be composed of 140 stations for a total of 1,410 bikes. Among them, 92 will be located right in the city centre : 27 are to be downtown or on the riverfront, 15 in the Parque das Nações and others along Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo and Avenida da Liberdade.

With annual (€25), monthly (€15) and daily passes (€10), Gira is praised by both residents and tourists. The scheme should work every day from 7am to midnight and allow trips only within the Lisbon municipality.

As EMEL described it in a statement, the Lisbon bicycle-sharing project is “an important contribution to transforming Lisbon into a more accessible city”.

Lisbon is one of Europe's most coveted destinations for those seeking a new lifestyle in one of the continent's sunniest cities. With new investment opportunities in the real estate market, new properties and many renovated ones, the city is booming with a new life and offers a unique opportunity for those who want to register and obtain European citizenship through the famous Portuguese Golden Visa programme.

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