How do I borrow a bike?
BikeSurf is volunteer-run and makes no profit.
The BikeSurf project was founded in Berlin in June 2012. Our philosophy is that everyone should have access to a bicycle: the greenest, most exhilarating and practical means of traversing a city. Our project is based on social inclusion, environmentalism and urban mobility. The organising teams in the participating cities are volunteers and the project will always be non-profit.
We take bikes donated by the public, ensure they are safe to ride and then enter them onto the BikeSurf platform. Our users (aka “BikeSurfers”), can then book a bicycle for specified dates. On confirmation of the bicycle request, the BikeSurfer receives information on where and how to collect the bicycle. We suggest that the BikeSurfers contribute to the project in some way. As a community project, we are 100% transparent with all our finances.
Our network of participating cities is growing. To anyone who wishes to start their own bike sharing project, we offer the platform and advice free-of-charge. All BikeSurf cities are independent of each other.
See what a few of our BikeSurfers say about us
We borrowed two bikes from the project, and met three people who help run it. On the last night, we had tea with one of the mechanics (the mechanic?) and the main organizer. Great folks; so kind! I appreciate the help and conversation so much. The bikes were fine and fit us well. Thank you!Courtney Carson / (Ireland)
Scott was great company on my trip to Berlin. How grateful I am to have come across this project! A giving, selfless program that deserves to be endlessly praised. :) I was also very pleased to meet John Silver. Meeting him confirmed my assumption that Bikesurfing - an awesome project - is indeed run by awesome people. PS - your hair looked great, Sam. :) Best wishes!Nicole Mostofa / (Canada)
This idea is awesome and answers to a real need. And the attitude of the organizers is impressive. They see a big trouble all voluntary in keeping the bikers happy on the road. The bikes are in good condition and I got all the advice I needed. Just keep on riding!Sunna Kaisa / (Belgium)