The Oslo City Bike (Oslo Bysykkel) scheme lets you take a bike from racks around the city for up to 45 minutes. Return it to a free space at any rack, then you can take a new bike straight away. The bikes are simple to use with easily adjustable seats and gears. Like any public bike scheme, some of the bikes get a little clunky so it’s worth testing your brakes before setting out!
The bikes are available from 06:00 to 00:00, and are usually out from April to December depending on when the ice clears/returns.
To access the bikes you’ll need to register online. Options include a season subscription or a 24-hour pass, meaning the bikes are available to tourists too.
The app-based system is great for locals – it’s easy to find your nearest rack, get a real-time status about how many bikes are available, and unlock a bike – but this isn’t so tourist-friendly if you don’t have an internet connection. If you don’t have the app, each stand has a touch screen to unlock a bike using your phone number and pin.