FAQ

WHAT ARE THE OPERATING COSTS OF ELECTRICITY AND DATA CONNECTION IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC?

Operating costs for electricity are about 80 euros / month, data connection about 2.5 euros / month, insurance about 40 euros / month, trash can be about 4 euros / month, and count further minor operating costs (printer ribbons, etc.). The calculation is processed on the basis of the price valid in the Czech Republic.

WHAT ARE THE OPERATING COSTS FOR ADMINISTRATION, MAINTENANCE AND SERVICE IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC?

The guarantee for BIKETOWER (BT) is 5 years, the price of the BT includes a five-year preventive service (twice a year service inspection) and remote administration (online supervision of the service center). Expenses for the operator are up to 400 euros per month - usually commissioned by one of the city organizations, which through trained staff provides 24-hour operation - replenishment of coins, printer paper, cleaning, etc. After the end of the guarantee period, it is necessary to arrange a service contract and a contract for remote access (it is beneficial for the operator and saves him the potential costs of solving problems that can be eliminated by remote access).

WHAT IS THE NUMBER OF PLANNED SHUTDOWNS?

Each BT has two planned operational shutdowns (preventive service inspections) per year. The time required for one tour is from 7.00 to 16.00.

WHAT IS THE NUMBER OF EXTRAORDINARY SHUTDOWNS?

It is not possible to answer, because for more than 5 years of operation of more than 15 BTs, no extraordinary shutdowns took place.

WHAT IS AVERAGE AVAILABILITY?

The capacity of one BT is 118 bikes, of which 16 are children's bikes. The average daily occupancy for all bicycle towers together is about 47%. In the season it is on average almost 70%, in the off-season (snow, frost) about 40%. However, this is not entirely authoritative, because it also includes BT with initial operation, for which occupancy usually increases continuously. Occupancy is strongly influenced by the weather and location of BT.

WHAT IS THE TOTAL OCCUPANCY DURING THE ENTIRE OPERATION PERIOD?

16 BIKETOWERS has been operated until 2019, in total, the BIKETOWER project has already stored more than 456 000 bicycles and e-bikes. It is more than 21 500 per month.

WHAT IS THE FINANCIAL PARTICIPATION IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC FROM RAILWAY SUPPLIERS?

Only the state-owned Czech Railways pays one-day deposit to the holders of their discount card - InKarta, i.e. CZK 5 (20 cent) per day. If the bicycle is stored for several days, CZK 5 (20 cent) will be deducted from the total fee.

CAN SOME OF BT COVER OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE COSTS?

Yes. In cities where occupancy is high. In addition, some BT are permitted to rent BT jacket for advertising purposes.

WHAT ARE THE EXPERIENCES AND REPRESENTATIONS FROM THE CITIES USING BT?

According to our operational experience, cities are aware that the promotion of bicycle transport, as an alternative to passenger car transport, must include safe storage in addition to infrastructure. An example is the town of Lysá nad Labem, with a population of about 9,000, where the construction of even the second BT was started.