OV-fiets : Fast and easy rental bikes in combination with Public Transport
OV-fiets (Public Transport Bicycle) is a fast growing Bike Sharing program in the Netherlands. It is a unique supplement to public transport. It is available at almost all important train stations (180 stations). It is very easy to pick-up a bicycle from automatic dispensers or from a staffed rental location. Bicycles are always accessible at least during public transport operation hours, and in many places 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The Bike Sharing program leads to better accessibility of city centres during peak-hour by reducing car use and parking problems. It thereby also reduces negative environmental effects. And last but not least: riding a bicycle is not only healthy for the environment, it is also good for personal health. The widespread availability of the OV-fiets makes it successful.
Almost 40% of the train passengers travel by bike to the station. However, less than 10% uses the bike to reach their destination after the train ride – mainly because there is no bike available at the destination.
More info regarding the pilot OV-fiets @ Home (in English)
More info regarding the 4th generation Bike Sharing (in Dutch)