Bicing's review

    Published: 2013-02-22, by Mar GP.

    Bicing lets you know of there is a bicycle free for you to pedal in Barcelona

    • Clean design
    • Handy
    • Not sure if it is aimed at visitors too

    "BCN by bike"

    The Barcelona City Council is doing a great investment to develop apps that bring closer the city to residents and tourists that will have powerful full to move around the place easily and understand the not-so-complicated public transport network. Bus, tram and metro are the usual suspects but if you have a green soul you must know that there is an alternative to all of that and it is called Bicing. Bicing is a service that spreads bicycles and bike parks all over the city for the inhabitants to uses. To become a user you have to register previously and pay an annual fee to get a plastic card that will give you access to the service. You pass your card over the park screenreader, take a bike and then ride for 20 minutes till you get to another park. There you can pass your card and tether the bike where indicated or check in to get other additional 20 minutes. Main problem: you can go to your usual spot and see there are no bycicles avaliable or when you have to return it to a park see that there no free places to tether it.

    So what this Bicing app does is saving you from those pains offering complete info about the bike parks located around the city, the nearest spots and their current status in real time (number of bikes avaliable and empty places) to prevent you having bitter surprises later. All of this is encased in a neat interface with a simple menu that also allows you to save your favourite spots.

    The fact that is just in Spanish and Catalan (the language spoken in the area) and moreover the whole process to be an user makes it difficult for a tourist to enjoy it so we recommend to develop a way to include these potential costumers than can also enjoy this app.

    Tags: bvefn , bicing games , app bicing

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    Feb 22, 2013

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    Juan Cardoso

    by Juan Cardoso

    Jul 13, 2017  |  "OK"

    Una pena que no suele funcionar y con dificultades para dar rutas, además te encuentras una estación llena tras otra y tardas más de la cuenta, ellos te cobran sin razón porque no eres el responsable pero ni te mandan un correo ni un ticket ni nada sólo cobrar y nada más.

    A Google user

    by A Google user

    Jun 28, 2017  |  "Poor"

    La app es mediocre al igual que el servicio que ofrecen. Nunca tienen disponibilidad en las estaciones y las bicicletas estan en pésimo estado. No solo eso sino que por un decadente sistema informatico es necesario llamar al devolver una bici. Me han cobrado 251 euros de uso indebido por no haberlos llamado cuando la bici quedo bien aparcada y trabada. Un exceso y un claro abuso de poder.

    Davide Coppola

    by Davide Coppola

    Jun 14, 2017  |  "Poor"

    This app is pretty bad and it looks like a website from the 90s. - no English, - very unreliable (you never know if what it shows is real or not) - changing the language in settings is not saved, - sometimes you do not get any point for no reason. My dog could have done a better job. The bicing service is awful: - most of the bikes are rubbish - parking spaces are not enough and always full - people taking care of them are completely unreliable Great concept and It's very cheap, yes, but I'd rather pay 100 EUR/yr for a decent service than 50 EUR for this crap.

    Mark Vandendyke

    by Mark Vandendyke

    May 22, 2017  |  "Poor"

    No English in a tourist haven like Barcelona? And it looks like it only takes Spanish phone numbers. Come on...

    Santiago Yllera

    by Santiago Yllera

    May 15, 2017  |  "Poor"

    You can easily lock the bike in a wrong way and then they charge you

    Henrik Vienovirta

    by Henrik Vienovirta

    Apr 26, 2017  |  "Poor"

    No para de cambiarme el idioma a Catalan.