AMBici, the new metropolitan bicycle service, goes out to tender

22/12/2021 - 11:05

Public bicycles. The AMB and TMB are looking for an operator to manage the public bicycles service for 60 million euros

The new metropolitan service AMBici will be providing resident with as many as 2,600 electric bicycles  and 236 parking stations, half of which (at least) will have electric charging points while the rest will be energetically independent by being able to operate their anchoring system using photovoltaic panels.

AMBici will be coming to 15 metropolitan municipalities: Hospitalet de Llobregat, Badalona, Cornellà de Llobregat, Santa Coloma de Gramenet, el Prat de Llobregat, Esplugues de Llobregat, Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Sant Adrià de Besòs, Sant Joan Despí, Sant Just Desvern, Molins de Rei, Sant Boi de Llobregat, Viladecans, Gavà and Castelldefels.

TMB gave its approval this Wednesday to the invitation to tender, through the company Projectes i Serveis de Mobilitat (PSM), for the contract for installing, maintaining and managing Barcelona’s  metropolitan public bicycle service. The documents relating to the invitation to tender, with a basic budget of 60.8 million euros, are already published in the TMB’s contractor’s profiles.

This open public invitation to tender is aimed at awarding the contract for the service¡s installation and running to a private operator for a period of twenty years. The contract covers the supply, operation, maintenance and redistribution of the bicycles as well as the management platform, user assistance and other complementary features.

The deadline for submitting tends is mid-February 2022 and the contract is expected to be awarded at the start of June this coming year.

The service will start to operate during the last quarter of 2022 in several municipalities, and it will be fully deployed during the first quarter of 2023.

As regards funding, the Barcelona Metropolitan Authority (AMB) expects to receive funds from the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan from the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, in addition to contributions from the metropolitan local authorities that the service is established in.

Metropolitan Urban Mobility Plan for 2019-2024’s metropolitan strategy

This new metropolitan service, which includes experience from e-Bicibox and takes Bicing as its benchmark to make a more powerful service, is enshrined in the metropolitan strategy of the Metropolitan Urban Mobility Plan (PMMU) for 2019-2024, the roadmap of the Barcelona metropolis’s mobility policies for the coming years, and of the Metropolitan Action Plan (PAM) 2019-2023.