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Bike Share

Tartu Smart Bike Share

Bike share system

On 8 June 2019, Tartu unveiled its bike share system, comprised of 750 bikes in 69 bike share stations across the city.

Tartu Smart Bike Share has acquired next generation electric assist bikes, which can communicate with the bike share system in real-time. This gives us information about the bike’s location and in case there is some problem, we can react quickly. Software installed in the bikes collects data for statistics about your rides, speed, distances etc.

Smart Bikes are an important part of the Smart City way of thinking. One of the most important objectives of Tartu City is to develop environmentally friendly mobility. With Bike Share, we can reduce the number of cars, encourage users to get some physical activity and maintain the “15 minutes to anywhere” phenomena in Tartu. In addition to the data-based and smartly planned bike network, using a Smart Bike is a lifestyle choice valued by citizens and visitors.

The Tartu Smart Bike Share project’s bicycles and parking areas are being financed from the urban development measure of the European Regional Development Fund and the Horizon 2020 programme for European research and innovation (support agreement no. 691883).

Smart Bikes

The bike share system consists of 750 bikes in 100 bike stations across the city and nearby municipalities. A total of 500 bikes are electric and the remaining 250 are regular bikes.

Electric assist bikes within the bike share system are easy to use, with the electric motor starting when pedalling and the bike being free of any additional control devices. Electric assist bikes will remain in circulation until temperatures fall below freezing, and during cold periods only regular bikes will remain in circulation.

How to rent a bike?

Tartu Smart Bike website: ratas.tartu.ee
e-mail: [email protected]
phone: 1789  (+372 7351162) opening hours Mon-Fri 8-18

In order to rent a bike, the user must have a valid and activated joint Tartu public transport ticket or they must purchase a bike share membership. You can activate your valid Tartu bus card at Tartu Information Centre by using the validator there or you can take a bus and get your valid bus card activated by having a bus ride.

The user must create a bike share account, either on-line (ratas.tartu.ee) or via the mobile app (Tartu Smart Bike), and connect it to a credit card.

You can use a bus card or mobile app to unlock the bicycle.

When returning the bike, the bike should be left in any bike share station. Dock the bike and wait for the notification and beep. If there are no available spaces in the station, the bike can be secured with an additional lock.

When locking the bike with an additional lock, the cable of the lock must be inserted from the left through the front wheel or around the fastening connected to a sufficiently strong ground and the front wheel must be locked from the right in the locking position marked with the sticker. Watch the video about how to lock the bike correctly here.

Please read Terms of Use

For any questions:  FAQ 

Photo: Mana Kaasik
Photo: Mana Kaasik

Last changed 07.02.2024