The Tel-O-Fun municipal bike system will shut down on Yom Kippur, disabling bike
rentals and prohibiting employees from working during the day, the Tel
Aviv-Jaffa municipality announced on Tuesday.
Although the city biking
service will not operate for the duration of Yom Kippur, annual subscribers will
be able to rent bikes before the holiday and ride them during the restricted
time at no extra charge, the municipality said.
To avoid any additional
charge, however, the subscribers must pick up and drop off their bikes during a
limited window of time: Annual subscribers interested in riding the bikes during
the holiday must rent them between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Friday, the eve of Yom
Kippur, and must return the bikes by 12:59 a.m. after the holiday ends on
Saturday night, the city said. Subscribers who return their bikes later than the
specified time will incur an additional fee – already reaching NIS 5 at 1:01
a.m., the municipality explained.
Tel-O-Fun customer service and
maintenance will close at 2 p.m. on Friday, while all rental terminals will shut
down at 3 p.m.
that day. The following evening, after Yom Kippur ends,
the bike rental terminals will once again begin operating at 8 p.m., while
service and maintenance will resume at 9 p.m., the municipality said.
municipality stressed that subscribers who intended to keep their bike rentals
during Yom Kippur must make sure to keep the bikes in a safe place, and even
recommended practicing locking and releasing them.
“It is the renter’s
responsibility to maintain the bicycle and to return it following the end of the
holiday,” a statement from the city read.
A weekly or daily subscriber
who keeps his or her bike during the holiday will be charged for regular use – a
full day or a full new week, depending on the subscription, the city
Since its establishment two years ago, the Tel-OFun program has
accumulated 17,000 annual subscribers, 1,700 bicycles, 170 docking stations and
4.9 million bike rentals, according to the municipality.
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