Electric bicycles are going to be available for rent in San José starting October 15. The rental service will work via a mobile application. The service is paid for by a bank card or cash recharge associated with the app.
Residents of San José, Montes de Oca, Curridabat, Barrio Escalante, Santa Ana, and Escazú will now be able to skip the traffic jams, moving from destination to destination by bike thanks to the OMNi app.
The cost for an OMNiBici will be ₡600 per hour although the company will also offer long term rentals for up to one year contracts.
Each bike is pedal assisted with a range of 100 kilometers. The seat height can be adjusted. The bikes have a cup holder, a cell phone holder and USB port to charge the phone. Lights will be automatically activated after dark.
The bikes are connected to the Internet via SIM card and are unlocked via the app. The bikes location is tracked by GPS. At first, there will be 1,000 bikes available and there will be about 5,000 by the end of the year.