(ok, sorry about the title, i couldn’t resist. btw, stadt = city and rad = bike)
one of the amenities of the airbnb place that i’m staying at here in Hamburg is the use of the host’s StadtRAD keytag, which gives you access to the city’s bicycle sharing program. i’ve been in cities with bike sharing systems before but have never used one personally (why huff and puff when you can sit in a bus or tram or subway?). this time, though, having the system at my fingertips, i couldn’t resist and this morning rode the mile or so from Reeperbahn station to Altona station. rides up to 30 minutes are freeeeee!
the directions (english) online seem simple enough, but it’s not very clear without pictures, so i managed to find a video (german) on youtube that explained the process, which helped because i didn’t want to look like a helpless tourist out there trying to figure out how it all worked. but really, it’s easy. everything is touchscreen-driven.
astute readers may notice that the screenshot above says i rented bike 7546, but the bike in the last picture is 8352. i discovered right after unlocking 7546 that the back tire was flat and all wonky, so i re-locked it, reported the problem using the touchscreen, and rented another (8352). easy-peasy!