In today's article we will talk about Nextbike, a topic that has been the subject of interest and debate in different areas. Since its emergence, Nextbike has captured the attention of experts and enthusiasts alike, generating discussions and theories about its importance and possible implications. In this article, we will explore Nextbike in depth, analyzing its relevance in the current context and providing a comprehensive view that allows our readers to better understand this phenomenon. From its origins to its impact on contemporary society, we will explore every facet of Nextbike to shed light on a topic that continues to spark interest and curiosity. Join us on this journey to discover more about Nextbike!

nextbike by TIER
Company typeSocietas Europaea
IndustryUrban transport
PredecessorNextbike GmbH
Founded2004 (2004)
FounderRalf Kalupner
HeadquartersErich-Zeigner-Allee 69-73, ,
Area served
Key people
Leonhard von Harrach (CEO), Sebastian Popp (COO)
ProductsBicycle sharing systems
ServicesMobile app, website
OwnerTIER Mobility

nextbike is a German company that develops and operates public bike-sharing systems. The company was founded in Leipzig, Germany, in 2004. It operates in cities in 25 countries including Germany, UK, New Zealand, Poland, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United States. The headquarters with about 100 employees are based in Leipzig. The bicycles and stations are maintained by local service partners. Since 2021, nextbike GmbH has been a wholly owned subsidiary of TIER Mobility. As part of the merger, nextbike turned into the joint brand nextbike by TIER.

The bike sharing schemes can be initiated by cities and franchise partners. The operating costs are financed by contracts with public transport providers & municipalities, rental fees and the sale of advertising space on the bikes themselves. nextbike also provides mobility programmes for colleges or universities and companies. Their bike sharing service can be used as an elementary component of urban and regional mobility in over 300 cities worldwide.


Bicycle users are normally obtained through a subscription system, where each bike is locked to either itself or to a rental station. By scanning the QR code on the bike with the nextbike app bikes can be rented. The bikes can be returned via app, hotline, terminal. There are cities with a flex zone allowing users to return the bike anywhere within a defined area for a small additional fee.


National projects

nextbike operates in German cities such as Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg, Leipzig, Munich, Nuremberg and Dresden. The biggest implementations of the system in Germany are in Ruhr, with 3,000 bikes, and Berlin with 5000 bikes. Besides large cities, nextbike also serves about several smaller German cities, like Bonn, where it has 900 bikes.

KVB-Rad Since 2015 nextbike together with the public transport company of Cologne offer around 1500 bikes for rent. They are available everywhere within the flex zone and complement the public transport system. In 2021 the system will be renewed with 3000 bikes of the latest generation. The flex zone will be complemented with stations outside of the city center.

Metropolradruhr metropolradruhr was launched in 2010 as one of the biggest regional bike sharing system in Germany. It links ten cities such as Dortmund, Bochum, Essen and Oberhausen. Bikes can be returned in any of these ten cities.

VRNnextbike In 2015 nextbike together with the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Neckar launched another cross-city bike sharing system with more than 2000 bikes connecting Mannheim, Heidelberg, Ludwigshafen and since 2016 also Bensheim and Speyer and many other cities. nextbike cooperates with local universities and colleges offering special conditions for students.

International projects

At an international level, nextbike operates in Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Latvia, Poland, New Zealand, Turkey, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Dubai, Hungary, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Two of the biggest public bike rental schemes operated by nextbike are Veturilo in Warsaw with 5 292 bikes and MOL BuBi in Budapest.

In 2014, several bike sharing schemes were launched in the UK, including the cities of Bath, Glasgow, Milton Keynes and Stirling. In April 2015 a new public hire scheme was launched in Belfast, branded Belfast Bikes.[failed verification] A scheme was launched in Cardiff in May 2018. The contract for the Bath bike sharing scheme ended in February 2019, and the bikes were no longer available to hire from the 8 February 2019. Described as Nextbike's "flagship scheme" in the UK, the Cardiff bikes were used even more often during the pandemic in 2020. The scheme in Cardiff shut down on 31 December 2023 after Nextbike stated that 3000 bikes had been vandalised or gone missing.

Schemes in the United States include Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, West Palm Beach, Florida and Hudson County, New Jersey.


See also


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