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Our brand-new bikes. The ‘SMARTbike 2.0’ December 2020

During December we will be introducing a new model of bike to the fleet.

450 ‘SMARTbike 2.0’ bikes will be rolled out across our docking stations, replacing the current model of bike.

This new bike, will bring you a more user-friendly, flexible experience and will help us to keep our bikes safe.

There is a smart technology framelock integrated into the bike, which is powered by a solar panel. This framelock includes an integrated GPS, so any missing bikes can be easily located. The design of the bike will help to prevent vandalism and increase security with the addition of a smart lock at the back of the bike.

For you our customers, this smart technology framelock will mean you can park the bikes and lock and unlock using your smart phone instead of the current chain bike lock. This will offer you extra flexibility when popping to the shops, taking a leisurely outing on a bike or for any experience that you enjoy using a Belfast Bike!

Designed with the user in mind and built with high quality materials, the bikes will bring new upgraded features and a more enjoyable cycling experience.

These new smart bikes have been funded by the Department for Communities’ Covid-19 Recovery Revitalisation Programme.

How to rent, park and return a SMARTbike 2.0

To rent:

  • Download nextbike app and register for free
  • Scan QR code on the bike or tap chip card at rear
  • Lock opens automatically

To Park:

  • Select "PARK" on the app
  • Lock the bike by pressing down the lever at the frame lock
  • To continue the ride press 'Open lock'

To return:

  • Return the bike at the Belfast Bikes docking station
  • Press down the lever on the frame lock
  • Rental will be ended automatically

When at the docking station and when using a bike, please follow this guidance:

  • Please practice social distancing.
  • Please wash or sanitise your hands before and after using a bike
  • Inspect your bike before using it
  • Before and after use, please wipe down the key areas of the bike with antibacterial wipes. (Please dispose of waste responsibly)
  • Consider wearing gloves when using a bike
  • Do not cycle in groups

We thank you our members and our customers for your cooperation at this time.

Get around with Belfast Bikes

Take advantage of more than 300 bikes that you can rent 365 days a year from 6am to midnight. Be instantly flexible and move around the city quickly.

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As a provider of the Belfast Bikes Nextbike are currently also operating in 26 countries worldwide and in over 200 cities such as Warsaw, Berlin, Budapest. 


Once you're signed up, you can use any Nextbike affiliated bike sharing scheme in more than 200 cities worldwide.


Rent bikes easily via smartphone app, station kiosk, website or hotline.


Our well trained service teams check and maintain our fleets on a daily basis.


Bikes available at Ulster University, York Street and Queens University.


Subscribers and members of cooperating partners enjoy concessions.


Our bikes are made in Germany and comply with the Road Traffic Licensing Regulations.

What does the rental cost?

The basic rate is ideal for occasional rides. Billing will take place in 30 minute intervals.

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30min /£1

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