Developing a bike sharing system has been one of the mobility priorities of the City of Tartu. A respective feasibility analysis was carried out in 2014 and a business model was developed based on the findings. It is expected that the bike sharing system will bring about decreased environmental problems (noise, air quality), parking issues and problems with traffic intensity. Bike sharing is considered a part of the public transport system of the City of Tartu. The system will be designed as an electric bike sharing system and will be mainly targeted to people who need to travel ca. 2-5 km to work, school, home etc.

A bike sharing system of up to 800 bicycles and 80 parking locations will be set up in the middle on 2019. The bike sharing system will consist of public city bikes, parking lots with safety locks and a software system that enables to manage rides, rent out a bike in one of the parking locations and redock it in another. The service users will be identified through Tartu’s smart card (also used for other modes of transport) or mobile app. Visitors and tourists can join temporarily with their credit cards. The operator will collect information about the performance and use of the system for further planning purposes.