The Latvian national airline airBaltic is sending the biggest team named “airBaltic Family” to Riga Bike marathon on Sunday, June 5. The team will ride BalticBike bicycles.
The 25-strong "airBaltic Family" team will take the 10 km long Family distance.
The self service bike rental BalticBike is increasingly popular among residents of Latvia. In May, the bicycles of the self-service bike rental BalticBike have already been used by customers on more than 2,000 occasions, thus beating the record that was set in June 2010 with 1,690 rentals.
Since April of this year, the proportion of local residents who rent BalticBikes has increased to 70%. Last year, BalticBike bicycles were equally popular among both residents and guests of Riga and Jurmala. Now people are increasingly using BalticBike bicycles for point-to-point trips. This indicates that due to the competitive price of EUR 1 (Ls 0.70) per hour, BalticBike bicycles are becoming a very popular form of transportation among residents of Riga and Jurmala.
Last year BalticBike bicycles were available at 11 stands – 8 in Riga, and 3 in Jurmala. Additional stands have been opened in Riga this year, and now there are 19 BalticBike stands in total. The geography of rental stands in Riga has also been extended and now stretches from the Riga Botanical gardens to the Mezaparks area. A map of all BalticBike stands can be found at www.balticbike.lv.
BalticBike has bicycles for those, who want to see the city leisurely, as well as those, who have to arrange their business activities but prefer fast and environmentally friendly transportation, avoiding traffic jams. Renting of a BalticBike bicycle is easy and convenient: one has to register online at www.balticbike.lv or make a call to +371 67788333. Pick up the bike in one stand, use it as long as you wish and then return it to any BalticBike stand. The rental prices will be charged for every ongoing hour and the payment shall be made with a credit card. Further information: www.balticbike.lv.
airBaltic offers BalticBike in cooperation with www.nextbike.de – an experienced provider of public bike rental systems in Germany, Austria and New Zealand.
airBaltic serves 80 destinations from its home base at Riga, Latvia. From every one of these, airBaltic offers convenient connections via North Hub Riga to its network spanning Europe, Scandinavia, Russia, CIS and the Middle East.
AIR BALTIC CORPORATION (airBaltic) is a joint stock company that was established in 1995. The primary shareholders are the Latvian state, with 52.6% of stock, and SIA Baltijas aviācijas sistēmas, with 47.2% of stock. The airBaltic fleet consists of 34 aircraft – six Boeing 737-500, eight Boeing 737-300, two Boeing 757-200, ten Fokker 50 airplanes and eight Bombardier Q400Next Gen. airBaltic offers nonstop flights from three Baltic capital cities – Riga, Vilnius, and Tallinn. airBaltic received the title of Airline of the Year 2009/2010 (Gold Award) from the European Regions Airline Association. airBaltic is the winner of Air Transport World Phoenix Award 2010 – a global recognition of excellence in restructuring business. In summer 2010, airBaltic was chosen for anna.aero ANNIES Award as Europe's largest flag carrier by new routes. airBaltic won a special Pacesetter Award 2010 from the Jury of the Budgies World Low Cost Airline Awards, recognising achievements of airBaltic as a hybrid airline.