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V3 VCub VELO

The V3 or VCub is a self-service bicycle rental system setup throughout Bordeaux Métropole.

The service is made up of more than 2,000 bicycles distributed among 179 stations. Every station is equipped with a bank card reader.

About a hundred stations are located approximately every 300 to 500 meters in central Bordeaux and the remainder scattered throughout the territory of Bordeaux Métropole . The location of the stations is chosen to optimize intermodality and all are situated close to tram stations, bus stops , train stations or sectors of activity.

Each station has an interactive information terminal and 12 to 41 terminals: the smallest station is located Quai de Paludate, the largest are at Victoire , Stalingrad , Peixotto or the Forum in Talence.

A row of V3 VCub hire bikes outside the cité du vin Bordeaux
By Bert76 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=79741761

What you pay

The V3 bicycle rental service has options for 1day (€1.70) and 7 day (€7.70) subscriptions which are most suitable for visitors to the city.

The monthly and yearly options(which includes the only access to electric bikes) are aimed at longer term residents.

To start, you must subscribe to the V3 service.

For 1 day and 7 day subscriptions, a security deposit of €140 (not cashed) will be requested. Be aware that depending on your bank, this amount could be debited from your bank account temporarily.

This security deposit of €140 will be fully or partially cashed in the event of theft, loss or damage to equipment attributable to you.

HOW IT WORKS

Subscriptions include an unlimited number of borrowings of 30 minutes each.

Beyond this period, each of the hours started will be invoiced to you at €2 on the 1 and 7 day subscriptions .To avoid this payment and make the hire charge free, all you have to do is drop off your bike before the 30 minutes and borrow another V3 to continue your journey.

VCubs are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with a 1 day or 7 day subscription but you must be at least 14 years old and it is strictly forbidden to keep a V3 for more than 24 hours.

4 SIMPLE STEPS

1.SUBSCRIBE

You can subscribe online, or directly at a V3 station terminal. An access code and a password will allow you to use the service for the chosen period.

The electric V3 option is only accessible with an annual V3 subscription.

2.BORROW A V3

Go to a terminal of the station of your choice and enter your access code and password. The first 30 minutes of use are free.

Beyond that, each hour started, you will be charged €2 and the final amount of use will be debited from the bank card used to borrow the bike when your access is closed.

3.RETURN THE BIKE

You can return your bike to the station of your choice and IF WITHIN 30 MINUTES OF THE COMMENCEMENT OF BORROWING IT IS FREE. All you have to do is hang it up on a bollard and wait for the audible BEEP and the indicator light which confirm that the latter is properly hung up.

4.REPEAT

Unless you are finished for the day repeat steps 2 and 3

HOW TO CHECK AVAILABILITY

By creating your account on the “V3” mobile app, you can find out in real time the availability of stations and earn subscription days thanks to the game “La Bonne Station”!

 

Different options are available to you to find out if places or bikes are available in a V3 station:

On the website www.infotbm.com/fr/v3

On the TBM mobile application available on ios and android:

On the V3 mobile application available on ios and android

Within a V3 station, view the availability of nearby stations if yours is full. This option is directly available on the terminal .

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