"DB Call-a-Bike" Dresden Transportation Tip by Nemorino
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The German Railway System DB has recently expanded its Call-a-Bike program (which I described in detail in a tip on my Karlsruhe page) to include a minimal presence in a large number of German cities, including Dresden.
In this stripped-down version of Call-a-Bike, you can only check out and return bikes at the main railroad station, and nowhere else. Which is all right if you just want to have a quick look around between trains, but not nearly as flexible and useful as the full-scale Call-a-Bike systems in Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt am Main, Cologne, Stuttgart and Karlsruhe.
Anyway, I tried it out in September 2008 on my first afternoon in Dresden, checking out a bike using my cell phone and riding it all around for just over two hours. This was fine except that every time I wanted to stop and have a closer look at something the clock kept running while I had the bike locked up somewhere. In the end I kept the bike for two hours and two minutes, which cost me EUR 7.38 on my next credit card bill. This is quite a bit when you consider that in Paris I only paid seven Euros for an entire week of intensive cycling on the Velib' bikes.
In Dresden and other cities Call-a-Bike has a daily rate of nine Euros, in other words they stop counting after nine Euros and let you use the bike for the rest of the day.
Recently I filled out an online customer satisfaction questionnaire for the Call-a-Bikes. I gave them generally good marks, but noted that for many trips I would much prefer to take my own bike along on the train -- which DB stubbornly refuses to allow on its long-distance trains, particularly the InterCityExpress (ICE).
Second photo: My CallBike on the Carola Bridge over the Elbe River.
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