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Opening of the Smart Bike Share system is Tartu’s Deed of the Year

Tartu City Government Press Release

Rattaringlus Foto: Kiur Kaasik

30. detsember / At the joint competition Tartu Deed of the Year 2019, held between the Tartu City Government and the newspaper Tartu Postimees, residents of Tartu selected the Tartu Smart Bike Share system as the most important deed of the ending year.

At today’s recognition event held in the Town Hall, Tartu Mayor Urmas Klaas and Rannar Raba, Editor-in-Chief of the Tartu Postimees, thanked the leaders of the Tartu Smart Bike Share system and everyone else who performed noteworthy acts in 2019.

According to Mayor Urmas Klaas, this year’s deed changed the cityscape as well as the movement habits for many of Tartu's residents. ‘I am pleased that residents of Tartu selected the Tartu Smart Bike Share system as the Deed of the Year. This confirms that by building the biggest Smart Bike Share system in the Baltics we have taken yet another important step towards developing the living environment of the people of Tartu, and that our people appreciate it. The list of actions taken throughout this year is remarkable, with all of these actions contributing significantly to our spiritual life, our cultural calendar and our city space,’ the mayor added.

The Tartu Smart Bike Share System opened on 8 June and immediately gained great popularity among the residents of Tartu. As of today, nearly 2 million kilometres have been travelled and more 700,000 trips taken with Tartu Smart Bike Share system bicycles.

Residents of Tartu also considered the following deeds to be the most important in 2019:
•    The Metallica concert in Tartu
•    Awarding of the title of European Capital of Culture 2024 to Tartu
•    Tartu Song Festival
•    Automated External Defibrillators in the city space
•    The first National Atlas of Estonia
•    Ralli Estonia
•    Waterpark at Anne Canal
•    The renovation of the Variku School and construction of an athletic facility
•    The new bus route network
•    Vallo Toomla’s documentary Verba Dierum: A Year with Marju Lepajõe.

Today, in the Town Hall, the performers of the above acts received a certificate of honour from Tartu Mayor Urmas Klaas and Rannar Raba, Editor-in-Chief of Tartu Postimees, and a set of eggs laid by the family of chickens who lived in Tartu’s Village of Light this Christmas season. The selection of the Tartu Smart Bike Share system as the Deed of the Year will be commemorated in the spring with the news being displayed at Smart Bike Share system stations.

Postimees and the Tartu City Government selected Tartu's Deed of the Year together for the 22nd time. A total of 5000 votes were cast in selecting the Deed of the Year.

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