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Tembici: public bikes in Bogota

A travelers guide to the Bogota Tembici system.
Tembici bikes to ride Bogota! Biking to Simon Bolivar Parque (bigger than Central Park, New York…)

The public transportation system in Bogota, Columbia has grown to include a large bike lane network and a community rental bike system. Check out a bike using the app “Tembici” and rent an hour at a time up to 4 times a day: daily, monthly or yearly. From start to finish of registration and checking out a bike took ~10 minutes.

Compared to the Medellin bike system “Encicla,” which we were never able to figure out in part because engagement depends on a confirmation email, Tembici was super-easy. Several Bogota people stopped us and asked us how it worked, it’s that new.

Example station
  1. Download Tembici: https://tembici.com.co/en/
  2. Follow the registration instructions. Some will translate to English, some not.
  3. At this point, you will need a debit or credit card.
  4. We selected to pay the 9,900 COP to allow for multiple trips in a day, up 4 times a day an hour at a time. This is approximately $2 U.S. in October, 2022. We went overtime on one ride and were charged $4,400 COP (~$1 USD).
  5. Find a nearby station on the app’s map that has bikes and walk to it. See photos below.
  6. Unlock a bike by using your phone to scan the QR code on the handlebar
  7. Lift the bike out of the magnet lock near the top of the fork.
  8. If it doesn’t unlock, try again. Each bike took a couple tries. Some bikes are not available for some reason even though they are docked in front of you.
  9. Ride your bike around and pay attention to the running time on your app, find a station along your route to return your bike or dock and release your bike again to extend your time.
  10. Check your bike back in when done and review your ride. There is a red wrench on the handlebar, if the bike is in poor repair, press to indicate that the bike needs service.
  11. Hack: there is a handle on the back of the seat that helps to lift the bike’s front magnet into the docking magnet lock.
  12. Helmets are not provided in this system, so either bring your own or do without.
Find the station with bikes close to you. Note that the stations are not throughout Bogota. The map indicates the barrios currently served by the system. I wasn’t sure if it will be expanding in the future. I bet the article attached at the bottom will illuminate.
Docked bike, ready for you!
Open app, click on the station where you are, scan QR code on the bike you want. Check brakes, seat and tires before you select your bike.
Watch for the sound and green light on right under the “✔️” showing the bike is unlocked after scanning.
This live map on the Tembici app shows open slots where you can dock your bike after your ride.

See even more detail of the Tembici system including adaptive bikes for rent in this El Espectador review of the system in Spanish: https://blogs.elespectador.com/actualidad/bike-the-way/lo-sabemos-nuevo-sistema-bicicletas-compartidas-bogota

Thanks for reading our post. We are traveling through South America in 2022-2023 with our family and dog. We are posting information on systems and places we discover to document not only for ourselves but other travellers as well. Please comment with helpful hints or updates you learn about Tembici. Ciao!