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Bike rental system Call a Bike

There is no change in pricing. You might get an notification in the app and are requested to confirm it. This message does not apply for students of TU Darmstadt. You can dismiss it.

Since April 14th, 2014 you are able to use the bike rental system Call a Bike from Deutsche Bahn for low fares. The rental system is a part of your status as a student and similar to the Semesterticket. After you register you can use three bikes as often as you want for one hour for no extra fee. This is not only possible in Darmstadt but in every city where Call a Bikes can be fund. If you use a bike longer then one hour small fees apply.

You get an account with this special pricing model after registration with your @stud.tu-darmstadt.de email address.

Use this link for sign-up

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Pricing

You can use Call a Bikes as often as you want for a ride that is shorter then 60 minutes for no extra cost. If you use a bike longer then on hour at a time you have to pay 0,08 € per minute starting with the 61st minute. The maximum for one day is 9,00 €. The average ride is way shorter so this should be a theoretical scenario. You can use three bikes at the same time so you can share the experience with friends who are no students.

This terms and conditions apply for you as a TU student and have nothing in common with the regular pricing model that was published on July 15th, 2015.

Station network

There is a network of 30 station in Darmstadt where bikes can be lend out and handed back. There is a sign at every station so they can be recognized easy.

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The stations are

  • at Hauptbahnhof (central railway station),
  • in Hochschulstraße,
  • at Audimax / Mensa Stadtmitte,
  • at Mensa Lichtwiese,
  • ​at Hochschulstadion (university sports center),
  • ​in Holzhofallee,
  • at Bürgerpark,
  • at Staatstheater (Wilhelminenplatz),
  • at Bessunger Platz,
  • at the corner of Heidelberger Straße/Landskronstraße,
  • at Woog / Schul- und Trainingsbad,
  • at Luisenplatz,
  • at Ostbahnhof,
  • at Böllenfalltor,
  • at Evangelische Hochschule,
  • in Otto-Röhm-Straße 82 (Firma Citybike),
  • at Riegerplatz,
  • at Botanischer Garten,
  • in Landwehrstraße,
  • at Rößdörfer Platz (corner of Nieder-Ramstädter-Straße/Teichhausstraße)
  • at Hochschule Darmstadt (h_da) / Mensa Schöfferstraße,
  • at the department of civil engineering of Hochschule Darmstadt (h_da),
  • at the Library of Hochschule Darmstadt (h_da),
  • at Nordbahnhof,
  • at S-Bahnhof Arheilgen,
  • in Arheilgen at the corner of Frankfurter Landstraße/Ettesterstraße,
  • in Frankfurter Straße (Merck-Südtor),
  • in Virchowstraße (Merck-Parkplatz Nordmitte),
  • in Alsfelder Straße,
  • in Karlstraße,
  • in Heidelberger Straße 49,
  • at Friedrich-Ebert-Platz and
  • at Darmstadtium.

We plan more stations in the city area. But we don't have all permissions for every single spot yet from the town council or Studierendenwerk. When we get the permission the stations will be built in a short amount of time and published here. We have chosen the station under the criteria of relevance for students and have a open ear for the students wishes. You can find an interactive map in the app and on this website, too.

Sign-Up

To get a account please use this link and enter your student email address like . You have to use your student email address to get the special pricing conditions.

Sign-Up for students of TU Darmstadt

  • If you don't have an address for students yet go to the Identity management of Hochschulrechenzentrums (HRZ) and click on E-Mail-Konfiguration. If you have the status of a Promotionsstudent it might be necessary to change your primary address for a short time. Email addresses from institutes and for employees will not work. Only students pay there fees and so others have no right to use the speical conditions. Please contact HRZ support if you have problems with your student email address.
  • If you have an older customer account for Call a Bike please write an email from your student accoun to to and mention your customer number and tell them that you want to change the tariff of AStA TU Darmstadt. As soon as you get a a confirmation you can use our special pricing model.

Lend Out, Pause und Hand Back

Lend Out

  • Option 1: There is a phone number in a red box on every single bike like 069/427277xxxx. You call that number and you will hear four digit code. Open the lock cover and type it in on the touch screen. The lock will open, then you can pull out the bold and fix it to the bike's frame. You are ready to start.
  • Option 2: Download the app for Android, iPhone, Windows Phone or Blackberry to your mobile device. You can chose a Call a Bike in the app. The app will show you a four digit code. Open the lock cover and type it in on the touch screen. The lock will open, then you can pull out the bold and fix it to the bike's frame. You are ready to start.
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Pause

You can send your bike to Fahrpause to have a short break of your ride to enter a supermarket for example. Lock the bike with the bold and press the mechanic lock button. There will be the question "Fahrpause?" and you confirm with "Ja". The bike is now locked and can not be used by anyone else. When you have finished your break you open the lock with the same code like before and your ride goes on. Please notice: The minutes are counted like normal riding in the break so don't ride or pause longer then 60 minutes.

Hand Back

Once you want to finish your ride go to a station, lock the bike with the bold and press the mechanic lock button. If you open the display cover there will be the question "Fahrpause?". Say "No" to finish the ride.

A bike can only handed back at an official station. If you finish your ride somewhere else there will be extra fees. Please notice: If you hand back the bike not at an official station it will cost you 5,00 € minimum.

Privacy

DB Rent has an ISO certificate and adheres to the Bundesdatenschutzgesetz. Personal data you enter for registration will be used for the customer relationship only and will not be transfered to third parties. DB Rent will not create a profile of your moments. You will get mails for advertisement only if you agreed to that during the registration.

Financing

The financing of Call a Bike follows the principle of solidarity. You pay it automatically with your semester fees. In summer term 2014 it was 1,66 € per student and since winter term 2014/15 it is 2,38 € and will not change till the end of the contract after winter term 2016/17. The contract was negotiated together with AStA of Hochschule RheinMain and Universität Marburg.

Use Call a Bike in Other Cites

Call a Bike is not only available in Darmstadt. In Germany there are more then 50 cities where you can use the bikes free of charge, too. City wide system can be found in Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, Karlsruhe, Marburg, München, Rüsselsheim, Stuttgart and Wiesbaden. Fruthermore in Kassel under the label KonRad and in Hamburg and Lüneburg under the label StadtRad. In about 40 cities with an ICE railway station Call a Bikes are ready for rental. The special pricing model with three bikes free of charge in the first 60 minutes applys to nearly every city. Only in Hamburg and Lüneburg you'll have only 30 minutes. The 31st minute and following will be charge by 0,08 € per minute with a maximum of 9,00 € per day.

e-Call a Bike

In Stuttgart and Aachen three are regular and electric bikes. Please notice: the electric bikes are not free of charge and will cost you 0,12 € per minute from the first minute with a maximum of 16,50 € per day. In Aachen the you will pay a maximum of 10,00 € in the first four hours.

Questions and Feedback

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