While doing some research online on green transport and cycling in Rome I came across a new company, BikeByBus. Two friends, Alessandra and Isabella, set it up last year to offer a new, green way to explore the Eternal City, using folding bikes in combination with public transport.
Bicycles are allowed on public transport in Rome and its suburbs only on certain routes and the hours are quite limited. On the other hand, hold-up bicycles can be carried on all types of public transport, at any time, any day of the week, free-of-charge.
Avid travellers and cyclists themselves, Alessandra and Isabella say that they suggest itineraries that help people to get off the beaten path and discover Rome beyond the touristy spots. You can pedal through the lovely neighbourhood of Garbatella, normally ignored by tourists, discover Ostia Antica and take a dip in the sea, just like Romans do. One of the itineraries will take you to the beautiful Parco degli Acquedotti and the romantic Castelli Romani, where you can gorge on traditional authentic dishes without feeling like a tourist. You are free to pedal wherever you want, choosing your own route. If you want to get away from the Roman traffic, choose the areas that are limited to traffic (e.g. Appia Antica is closed to vehicles on Sundays).
When you get tired, you can always hop on a bus or continue in the subway. The bikes are light (11kg) and easy to fold and are supplied with a helmet, helmet liner and padlock.
BikeByBus drops the bike off to your hotel, B&B, or wherever you want. You can rent them for a minimum of a day at the price of €20 (two days-€38, three days – €54).
There are a few other companies in Rome that offer folding bikes for rent:
BrompTour offers bike rental (€25/day) and guided tours on folding bikes. They also rent out electric folding bikes for those who do not want to pedal too hard (€35/day).