Go to a city, borrow a bike from a local - maybe the best way to see a new place

Ever find yourself in a strange city with the urge to ride a bike? Now you may be able to borrow one from a local with new app TakeMyBike.

The brainchild of teenagers Reda Ghazali and Damien Eck, both 17, TakeMyBike will allow local residents to offer their bikes to tourists and visitors so they can see the area in a more traditional way.

The project has launched on Kickstarter, with the aim of raising €11,000 in the next 19 days, and its developers plan to introduce the concept in Amsterdam and Angiers (France).

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Those who wish to offer their bikes up for hire will receive a deposit from the rider in case of damage or loss of the bike.

Amsterdam does have its own citybike hire scheme, similar to London’s Santander Bikes, but the TakeMyBike app would give visitors the chance to ride something different, and probably something slightly less clunky.

Visit TakeMyBike’s Kickstarter page to find out more and donate.

  • Paddy

    But what would make me sign up? What does the lender get out of this?