What’s the best way to move around in Valencia without using petrol?

Valencia is a beautiful and flat city, with a great year-round climate, which includes over 300 days of sun. What better place to enjoy the great outdoors than by using alternative modes of transport to cars and motorbikes? We will take a look at some of the popular, greener ways to move around in Valencia.

1. Valenbisi

The ayuntamiento of Valencia has a bike scheme whereby users pay a yearly fee on their travel card and can take a bike from one of the many stations scattered across the city and drop it off at any of the other stations.

It’s a great way to get from A to B for short trips across the city and the bikes are free for up to 30 minutes, after which charges are applied to the user’s bank account.
One drawback is that the bikes are slow, cumbersome and heavy as well as very skiddy in the rain. On top of this, the bikes cannot be taken out of the city. We have never tried to take one out of the city, but rumour has it that they explode within 50 metres of the city limits.

2. Rent a bike in Valencia

There are dozens of bike hire shops in Valencia, each offering bikes of higher quality to rent in Valencia and the surrounding areas.

Renting a bike offers a lot more flexibility than the Valenbisi scheme as you can take the bike out of the city with no explosions, for example to the Albufera. The bikes are far more comfortable for longer rides and you can rent for an hour or for a month, depending on your necessity.

BikeAlao rents city bikes, trekking bikes and also kids bikes for as little as 2 euros. You can rent your bike on www.bikealao.com/bikes to enjoy Valencia in what we feel is the best way to travel in and see the city.

3. Buy a bike

If you live in Valencia, it’s more common to buy a bike of your own. There is a multitude of bike shops and larger stores which sell bikes, as well as some second hand deals available in shops and online.

The obvious advantage of owning a bike is having the flexibility to go out whenever and wherever you want, for as long as you want.

The main disadvantage is having to store your bike in a safe place overnight. Many residential buildings have bike storage rooms and some companies offer 24 hour, secure bike parking for a fee.

4. Electric and push scooters

There is a current trend of riding a scooter around the city, especially electric ones. They cost around 500 euros but can be cheaper or more expensive if you shop around.

The electric ones go pretty fast and are an environmentally friendly and trendy way to get around.
They are very quiet so you can get a bit of a fright when one zips past on the pavement. It is also unclear as to where exactly they can be ridden. The cycle path seems an obvious choice but roads and pavements are also used. There have been some stories of people receiving large fines for riding their scooter on the bike path so it would seem further investigation is required. At the moment there is a ‘legal limbo’ whereby a fixed law has yet to be established.

5. Hoverboards

Hoverboards, although not actually hoverboards like McFly’s in Back to the Future, are very popular, particularly among young people. They provide a balance based, intuitive-looking way of propulsion. It looks hideously unnatural but people become adept at riding them. Early models suffered from blowouts and stalled frequently, so be careful to check out the model and its history before you buy.

6. Rollerskates and skateboards

Rollerskates and skateboards are the final mode of transport we will look at. Fashions change but both are a classic, green way to move around quickly and efficiently, ideally not the wrong way down a one-way street.

Here at BikeAlao our obvious choice is to enjoy Valencia using the bike rental method. Whichever way you choose, have fun and ride safely.
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