Add Your Wheels to a Rentable Cycle Network That Spans the Globe
From China to Australia, borrow a bike, or turn your own into a rental
In Copenhagen, Denmark, bikes are nearly ubiquitous. The city is laid out for cyclists, and more people commute to work on two wheels than on four. The same is becoming true in ever more cities across the world, but suppose you don’t have room to keep a bike? Suppose you’re a visitor and couldn’t bring a bike with you? Wouldn’t it be handy to open an app and find a nearby bike you can borrow for as long as you need? That’s the idea behind AirDonkey, a Denmark company that recently completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to build a network of bicycles available for rental.
It works like this. Say you have an extra bike sitting in your shed or garage. You sign up on the AirDonkey website and receive your AirDonkey kit, which consists of a special lock, instruction panel, and bright-orange AirDonkey stickers. Mount them all on your bike, take a photo, and park the bike in a convenient location. Now it’s ready to earn some extra money. People in need of a bike enter their location in the app, which finds bikes nearby. If they choose yours, the app opens the lock, and you get paid for it. When they are finished, they must return the bike in a designated area, at which point it’s ready to be borrowed again.
“AirDonkey grew from a dream of a world where commuters, tourists, and just people enjoying the city choose the bike before the car,” says the company’s co-founder Erdem Ovacik.
“Wouldn’t it be amazing that no matter where you go in the world, there’s always a bike waiting for you?” With the completion of the Kickstarter campaign, AirDonkey has orders for their kits across the United States and Europe, as well as in India, China, and Australia. They expect to complete delivery and begin operations by June of 2016.