Łódź By Bike

more than a year ago

To coincide with the arrival of the brand new public Nextbike City Bike system in Łódź, IYP decided to hit the streets to test out the new system and explore the northern expanses of the city on two wheels. We started our journey on, where-else, Piotrkowska Street at the 6 Sierpnia Nextbike docking station. We registered an account and picked out a bike in under 3 minutes. We immediately noticed how popular the new bike system has already become as there were only 3 bikes available at this station out of 15 or so available docking spots.

After quickly consulting our trusty IYP Łódź Centrum map, we mounted our three-geared steed and quickly sped north on Piotrkowska Street setting our sites for Manufaktura. As we sped along the busy pedestrian thoroughfare we noticed dozens of other Nextbikes cruising Piotrkowska in both directions (the colourful almond shaped mBank ads on the back make them easy to spot) as well as 4 more docking stations along the way (you can find a full Nextbike docking station map online). It’s really quite amazing how quickly the system has taken off considering bikes were only introduced in May and there have already been over 1 million bikes rented!

After blowing through picturesque Plac Wolnośći (Freedom Square) and cutting through Park Staromiejski, we arrived at the Zachodnia Street Nextbike docking station right outside of Manufaktura. Like many other city bike systems the first twenty minutes of every rental is free and we docked our bike a mere 7 minutes after renting it on Piotrkowska. It wasn’t an accident that we made this our first trip of the day as central Piotrkowska-Manufaktura (or vice versa) is by far the most popular route in the city for residents and tourists alike. It normally takes about 25-30 minutes by foot and even the average rickshaw jockey can do it in only about 15 mins. We quickly rented another bike and did a quick Manufaktura buzz-by before consulting our trusty Łódź City map and charted our course for the north.

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