One of the Europe’s leading car rental and leasing service providers SiXT in future will also provide a self- service bicycle rental in Riga. SiXT rent a bicycle will offer the residents of Riga and also the guests of the capital more than 130 bicycles available in 12 rental stations. Next year when Riga will become the European Capital of Culture, SiXT is planning to substantially enlarge the quantity of the bicycles and rental stations.
SiXT rent a bicycle will provide a public and easily available bicycle rental service to the local citizens, both private individuals and companies, as well as the foreign guests. In 2013 the bicycles will be available in 12 rental stations:
- by the hotel "Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija" on 55 Elizabetes street;
- by the hotel "Radisson Blu Hotel Daugava" 24 Kuģu street;
- Vaļņu street/ Kaļķu street cross;
- on Vaļņu street, by the shopping centre "Galerija centrs";
- Tallinas street /Miera street cross;
- in Teika, Brīvības gatve/ Lielvārdes street cross;
- Pulkveža Brieža street/ Elizabetes street cross;
- by the Kongresu nams, on Krišjāņa Valdemāra street;
- by the shopping centre "Olimpia" on 5 Āzenes street;
- Kalnciema street/ Slokas street cross;
- by the pie Āgenskalns market,
"SiXT rent a bicycle is the most extensive bicycle rental network in Riga, which will be available to everyone and which represents a sharing bicycle rental or "city bike". By creating and developing this service, we want to emphasize the advantages of having a bicycle in the city – as it is both, a comfortable way to get around and the fastest form of transportation for short distances. Due to its comparatively small scale, Riga is ideal city for bicycle to become a superb alternative for public and private transportation. A choice to go around by bicycle is our support to the development of city environment and green thinking and besides the mentioned above, it is economically beneficial as the bicycle rental price will be LVL 0,70 for a 30 minute ride –the same price as the ticket at the public transportation driver", explains Arnis Jaudzems, SiXT General Manager in the Baltic States.
For the convenience of the cyclists, SiXT rent a bicycle has a new especially convenient registration system through a mobile application. It is also possible to register by calling +371 67 67 67 80 and on the internet www.sixt.lv/velo. Payments are made with the credit card. SiXT has also thought about the corporate clients who will have special terms and conditions and payment order. SiXT rent a bicycle has been established only based on the private capital.
"Riga cannot be imagined without the bicycles- everyone are cycling, big and small, to work or for pleasure. Riga City Council has done a lot to make travelling by bicycle comfortable and community friendly and we will continue to do it by developing the bicycle infrastructure in the capital. With the renewal of bicycle rental service I want to emphasize that Riga City Council congratulates this initiative and will provide the necessary support as this is an important condition to the modern city environment and status of Riga as a modern capital," emphasizes Vice Mayor of Riga Andris Ameriks.
In 2014 Riga will become a European Capital of Culture. Awaiting this significant event, SiXT rent a bicycle will have an addition of new bicycles and several rental stations both in Riga city centre and outside of it. It will be a present to the capital, so the residents and the tourists can get to know Riga by bicycle.
"Forming the European Capital of Culture, one of the important conditions is to decentralize the processes in the city, as Riga does not consist only of its centre. In my opinion, modern bicycle rental is one of the democratic and environment friendly ways to get to know various parts of Riga and also to participate in Riga 2014 events", says Diāna Čivle "Riga 2014" foundation manager.
Sixt is a leading mobility service provider in Europe, which was established in 1912 in Munich, Germany. Currently Sixt is available in more than 100 countries worldwide and in 4000 stations. Sixt is one of the largest rent a car and full service leasing, fleet management and consultation services providers being the leader of technological innovations in these fields. More about Sixt: www.sixt.lv.
On SiXT Latvia
Sixt Latvia began its operation in June 2010, when fleet management company Transporent became the Sixt Rent a Car and Sixt Leasing franchise partner in Baltic countries. The company is providing rent a car and leasing services, as well as services and consults the largest fleets of Baltic companies and also the companies with smaller fleets. Currently the company offers more than 250 BMW, Audi, VW, Toyota and other leading manufacturer car models. In Baltics there are ten Sixt rent a car stations available in Riga, Tallinn, Vilnius, Kaunas and Klaipeda as well the airports of these cities. There is a SiXT rent a bicycle network available in Riga since August 2013.