ESCOOTER AND EBIKE HIRE IN ESTEPONA
A pay per ride peddle assisted eBike and eScooter hire was introduced in Estepona town in August 2022. There are 125 vehicles, half eBikes and half eScooters.
The town hall awarded the concession to the provider Dott who also have vehicles in Malaga and Madrid and may other European cites.
PICK UP AND PARKING POINTS
There are 32 pick up and parking points in the Estepona town area. They reach to the bus station in the east, Seghers district (by the local police station) in the west, by the recinto ferial (fairground) and Calle Guillermo Skate and BMX park in the north, entrance to the Marina (by Puertosol) in the south. These parking areas are located on the pavement and marked by a green ‘box’ painted on the ground.
Here is a list. They are all identified on the Dott App which also indicates the number of eBikes and eScooters currently available at each location.
Avenida del Carmen – Urbanización Seghers
Avenida del Carmen – Puertosol Building
Avenida de España- junction with Avenida Juan Carlos I
Avenida de España- Plaza García Caparrós
Calle Terraza- Plaza Antonia Guerrero
Plaza del Ajedrez
Augusto Suárez de Figueroa Square
La Constitución Park
Avenida de España, Plaza Ortíz
Avenida Andalucía – Old Cemetery
Avenida Litoral – Bus Station
Avenida Andalucí a- Glorieta Guitarrista Paco Javier Jimeno
Avenida Andalucía crossing with Avenida de Los Reales
Avenida Andalucía – El Calvario Park
Avenida Andalucía junction with Avenida Juan Carlos I
Avenida Juan Carlos I crossroads with Camino del Padre Cura
Camino del Padre Cura junction with Gregorio Marañón street
El Carmen Sports Centre
El Carmen Park
Avenida Puerta del Mar crossroads with Carlos Cano Street
Avenida Puerta del Mar crossroads with Calle Ortega y Gasset
Polonia Street – Parque de Los Niños
Avenida Juan Carlos I- Residencial Los Corales
San Fernando football pitch
Mar de Alborán Secondary School
Guillermo Cabrera Street – junction with Espronceda Street
Calle Terraza – National Police Station
Sierra Estepona residential complex
Camino de Los Molinos- La Lobilla Health Centre
Camino Vereda de los Frailes – crossroads with Avenida Segovia
The bike may only be collected and deposited at the end of the ride in these specific 32 places. However it is possible to pause a ride; for a coffee or shop stop. The pause feature last up to 60min and disables the bike for other users but the ride charge continues.
Certain local areas are out of bounds, such as the seafront promenade and a couple of parks. The vehicle’s GPS will disable the bike in these areas.
The General Traffic Regulations set the maximum speed in residential areas at 10 kilometres per hour and 25 kilometres per hour on urban roads and crossings, with drivers having to give priority to pedestrians in all cases. Bike helmets are recommended but not obligatory on municipal roads in Spain. In March 2022, the reformed Traffic Law came into force, in its Article 47, established that Scooter users are obliged to wear a protective helmet “in the terms determined by regulation”. To date the regulations are not published and apparently discussions are ongoing with local councils. Insurance for Scooters is definitely required; Dott eScooter and eBike hire includes insurance for Spain. Bikes and scooters are not permitted to be ridden on pavements nor pedestrian crossings in Spain, only on the roads and in cycle lanes. In practice many Scooter riders do ride on pavements in Estepona and other towns, so do so at risk of a local police fine. Only one person per scooter, no passengers. No animals as passengers and no luggage other than a small shoulder bag or rucksack or anything that fits in the basket if provided. Driving a scooter using headset or a mobile phone.
HOW TO USE
To use the service, download and install the ‘Dott’ app and set up an account with a credit card or Pay Pal. The App has a map to advise of the user of the location of all available bikes and scooters and clearly marks the out of bounds areas.
The user simply scans the QR code on the vehicle with the app and within a few seconds a beep is heard to indicated the vehicle is unlocked. On completion of the journey, the vehicles must be parked in one of the 32 parking spaces. The user completes the end of ride page in the app and is asked to take and upload photo to demonstrate that the vehicles has been parked correctly.
The basic cost in Estepona is 0.29 € (29 cents) per minute which is 2.90€ for a ten minute ride. There is no unlock fee in Estepona. There are pre-paid value passes available:
2 Rides Pass; for two rides of up to 30 mins in 24hrs for 2.99€.
Explore 24H Unlimited; unlimited rides of up to 30 mins for 9.99€
30 Rides Month Pass; thirty rides up to 30 mins for 24.99
In all the above exceeding the 30 mins will be charged at the normal rate, however it is possible to park the bike and collect another one. Prices may change.
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