Rio de Janeiro's Bike Sharing System, Appropriately called Samba

Rio de Janeiro Bike Sharing System Samba Photo

Photo: Samba.

How did we miss this? Since last November, Rio de Janeiro has its own bike sharing system. And what's it called? Samba! Though it stands for Alternative Mobility Solution though Bike Renting in Portuguese.

The system started with only six stations but hopes to reach 42 by the end of the year. Unlike Barcelona's bicing, the system is open not only for residents but also for tourists. Find out more in the extended!

Rio de Janeiro's Bike Sharing System

Although Mexico has its own program, Samba has beat some other projects for bike sharing systems in Latin America, such as Buenos Aires'.

The point behind that might certainly be that Rio has 140 kilometers of bike-paths, according to Veja magazine, while Buenos Aires has a low number and hardly respected.

The system in Brazil's fun capital began in November with six stations and is hoping to reach 42 by the end of the year and a total of 50 with 500 bikes, according to O Globo.

Even though the system is open to everyone, the use of cellphones involved in the process might leave some tourists outside. Here's how it works: people have to register in the website with a credit card (in which you'll be charged a deposit of around 300 reais (about 150 USD).

Then you pick a pass (daily, weekly, monthly or annual) and head to the point where you want to start. There you have to call the number on the pick up station panel and enter your security code, and a bike will be unlocked. A little trickier than the systems with card, but nonetheless useful.

Here's a video indicating how it works:

And here a map of the stations so far.

According to O Globo, the investment on the implementation of the program was 5 million reais (about 2.5 million USD).

For more on the system, head to the official website (in Portuguese).

Samba official website
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