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Thoughts on the year gone by....

Graphs showing the progress of BikeSurfBerlin during year one.

It's been an eventful and prosperous year for BikeSurfBerlin, so please allow us to reminisce on the year gone by, by means of some graphs, facts and figures.

We have had 331 BikeSurfers use our bikes since June 2012 and saved them approximately 18,000€ for the year, based on a conservative 7€/day/bike.

We have grown the fleet to 22 bikes and the BSB team has allowed us to expand the services we offer to include bike repair lessons, weekend bike rides outside Berlin limits and city bike tours.

This would not have been possible without the support, dedication and enthusiasm of new members to the BSB team. A special thanks to our BikeSurfers.and those inspired enough to donate their bikes, parts and money to the cause, without which, this project would not have been sustainable.

We have also achieved mainstream media attention, including notable international and local publications such as The New York Times, The Irish Times and ExBerliner magazine - see "PRESS" button above for a full listing of the media attention we have received to date.

Here is hoping that 2013/4 will prove as successful and the BikeSurf network will spread to other cities worldwide.


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BikeSurfBerlin information poster

Wonderful information poster, courtesy of Raelina and her US friends.

Feel free to print, distribute or send to all your friends or other interested parties. This will help BSB become even bigger in 2014 and hopefully inspire others to set up similar projects elsewhere.

Berlin city guide


Map of cool free things to do in Berlin | Another CS specific guide can be found here | To get a real free tour guide of the hidden treasures of Berlin check | For a guide to the cycle lanes and route planning | A guide to free events going on in Berlin
ON and OFF the beaten track sightseeingTemplehof airportWhere: NeukollnTreptower parkWhere: Treptower Mauer parkWhere: PrenzlauerbergFlea market and karaoke on Sundays Gorlitzer parkWhere: Kreuzbergcheck out Edelweiss bar (also dark mini-golf)  Maybachufer Turkish marketWhere: KreuzbergTuesdays and Fridays onlyBest deals on fruit and vegetables after 18:00 when the stalls are closing up  Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-ZentrumWhere: Mittearchitecture is amazingNo bags allowed in library - lock your bags in locker room downstairs (small lock required - eg luggage lock)Kopi 137 squatWhere: KreuzbergFriday afternoons is bike repairing - tell them BikeSurf sent you :-) TeufelsbergWhere: GrunewaldPanorama over Berl…