Whether a bike is available or not is clearly shown by blinking red or green LED-signals. To use a bike, all the user needs to do is to hold their ID-device against the bicycle’s card reader. If the bike is not already booked, it sends the user information to the system database that checks whether access should be granted. If positive, the system unlocks the bike, the LEDs blink twice and the rental period starts. The entire process takes only a few seconds. Once unlocked, an OPENbike is used as any other bicycle.
A graphical instruction manual is permanently installed in bottom of front basket, facing the rider.