If you’ve been to Prague you may have already seen one of these bright pink bikes on the roads. Rekola are a community bike sharing program in Prague (and other cities in the Czech Republic). They take unwanted donated bikes, they are fixed up and then painted in bright pink. The bikes are “unlocked” by using an app that locates the nearest bike to you. You are then given a code to unlock the bike, enjoy your ride and then return anywhere that’s convenient for you. This makes it different to the bike sharing systems in other cities that have specific pick-up and drop-off locations. Locals learn how to repair bikes and paint them pink at community workshops, and Rekola are looking to scale their scheme up into a social enterprise. Check them out here.
Photo credit: Rekola.cz