The project, sponsored by the municipality, was launched in 2011 and aimed to make the city more accessible for everyone and more enjoyable to get around, while reducing car-use and air pollution. It was also a way to promote physical activity and incite residents of the city to work out in a fun yet functional way – going to work, to a meeting, to join friends, or simply to breathe some fresh air.
Indeed, Tel-O-Fun is environment-friendly and quite ideal to use in Tel Aviv, since the favorable weather conditions make it possible to bike through the city all year round. Tel-O-Fun also constitutes a pretty cheap transportation mode, and most importantly, it is a great alternative to rush hour stress, traffic deadlocks, the crowded bus lines, the scarcity of parking spots, the price of a ticket and so much more!
There are approximately 150 Tel-O-Fun stations throughout the city, open 24/7 and providing more than 1500 bikes ready to use. There are many subscription options available, daily, monthly, or annual, with different price rates. It’s quick, easy, and practical, since all you need is a credit card.
Tel Aviv is a relatively small city, and all areas are accessible by bike. The municipality has been working on improving the bike lanes network for the past few years, and there are currently 120 kilometers of bike routes across the city.
Tel-O-Fun bikes seem an ideal and fun mean to get around the city, whether it be to go to work and get back home, or to take a nice ride alongside the sea shore (tayelet), either towards Jaffa, along its beautiful promenade, or to the Port (namal) with its brand new wooden trails. You can also head up North and bike around Hayarkon Park, a giant oasis within the city, and enjoy its beautiful green trails along the Yarkon River.
With all the means and infrastructures put in place by the municipality, it seems indeed that the city of Tel Aviv has become some sort of sunny paradise for bikers, who can now experience the city in a whole new fun and eco-friendly way.
If you enjoyed casually biking around Tel Aviv and want to take biking adventures to the next level, check out the Israel National Bicycle Trail for places to ride.
By Anna Abenhaim