Madrid is not exactly an innovator in alternative modes of transport. However, beginning in spring 2011, it will follow in the footsteps of other Spanish cites by unrolling a bicycle initiative to combat road congestion. The system, named Mybici, will initially be available in the center district and selected parts of the Retiro, Moncloa and Salamanca districts, with the objective of expanding the network as new bike lanes become available. The bikes will integrate fully with pre-existing forms of public transport (metro, bus, ect).
Provisionally the scheme costs 25 euros for an annual membership or 30 cents per hour on a pay-as-you-go basis. Furthermore, these “rental” bikes will be available from 7:00AM to 12:00AM and will have specific pickup and drop off points.
In order to take advantage of this environmentally conscious system, you must be over the age of 16, have a bank card and be a member of the MyBici cycle club.