Swapfiets enters Denmark: 5 interesting things to know about the Dutch bike startup

Swapfiets enters Denmark: 5 interesting things to know about the Dutch bike startup

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As a part of growth strategy, popular bicycle subscription service from the Dutch land, Swapfiets has announced its expansion to one more country today — Denmark.

As per the announcement, the first bikes will be delivered in the cities of Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Odense in Denmark. Meanwhile, Swapfiets is already active in four German and three Belgian cities since early 2018, apart from the Netherlands.

Earlier a research by the European Cyclists Federation (ECF) claimed that Denmark is even a more bicycle-friendly country than the Netherlands. Hence, the company notes that the step to expansion to the northern neighbors was a logical one. Co-founder Steven Uitentuis adds, “Just like in the Netherlands, cycling is also the most popular means of transportation in the city in Denmark. People want to ride a bicycle, but do not waste time and effort on owning the bicycle. We want to ensure that everyone can cycle without thinking about it. By launching directly in Denmark in the three largest cities, we can help even more people and provide better service. ”

Swapfiets – 1600% growth in 2017

The Netherlands startup grew by 1600 percent in 2017 and has 53,000 customers in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany. Further, Swapfiets aims to increase the number of subscriptions to more than 100,000 customers by 2018. After the success in the Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium, the startup is ready for expansion to Denmark with their iconic blue front tire bikes.

Affordable enough!

Swapfiets’ subscription is available for € 15 per month (€ 12 for students). The subscription also includes service, repairs, working bike lights, an extra lock and theft insurance. In case of a defect, such as flat tire, a bicycle mechanic will arrive at home within twelve hours to repair or swap the Swap bike for another one. Meanwhile, customers can also visit the company’s physical stores in the city.

Swapfiets already in 29 European cities

Founded by three students from the Delft University of Technology, Swapfiets is now active in 29 European cities. Swapfiets currently operates in The Netherlands (Amsterdam, Arnhem, Breda, Delft, Den Bosch, The Hague, Ede, Eindhoven, Enschede, Groningen, Haarlem, Hengelo, Leeuwarden, Leiden, Maastricht, Nijmegen, Rotterdam, Tilburg, Utrecht, Wageningen, Zwolle), Belgium (Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven), Germany (Bremen, Göttingen, Hanover, Münster, Oldenburg) and now Denmark (Copenhagen, Odense, Aarhus).

Swapfiets plans to expand to Brussels and Munich

The company looks to be on an expansion spree, as Swapfiets has already announced plans to expand to the cities of Brussels, Belgium and Munich, Germany by the autumn of 2018.

Swapfiets bikes – simply unique

Well, the bikes from the Dutch startups are quite unique and are designed by the Swapfiets team along with the bicycle brand Union & Cycletech and have a blue front wheel to make it stand out from others. Further, all the bikes also come with two locks and the keys are unique, meaning that one set of keys cannot unlock other Swapfiets bikes, so it feels as if it’s your own. Those interested, just need to sign-up online, choose the city where you want a Swap bike and make an appointment and get the bike. Cool! Isn’t it?

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