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Bike Sharing in Hangzhou

February 24, 2011

Hangzhou, a city near Shanghai, well-known for it’s relatively high-quality of life, has been lauded for the city’s bicycle sharing program, which is now larger that the Parisian Velib system with over 50,000 bikes. You register with a deposit, and every first hour is free, with the scale moving up from there (1 RMB, or $0.15, for the first hour, 2 RMB the second hour, and 3 RMB each additional hour.). The program’s website also provides a map of all the stations of which there are thousands. The city is continuing to increase the scale of the system, adding atleast 5,000 more bikes next year.

If you’re in China without a VPN, you can view the video here.

Most importantly, however, the success of Hangzhou’s bike rental system has encouraged other cities to do the same.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mom permalink
    March 2, 2011 03:08

    The photo above the video didn’t load. Am I the only one who can’t see it?

  2. Tim Quijano permalink*
    April 3, 2011 16:06

    Guangzhou Connects Bus Rapid Transit with Bike
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    (Policy Innovations, 3/31/2011) Guangzhou is one of the fastest growing
    cities in the world. The economic hub of China’s southern coast, it has
    undergone three decades of rapid modernization, and until recently the
    city’s streets were on a trajectory to get completely overrun by traffic
    congestion and pollution. But Guangzhou has started to change course. Last
    year the city made major strides to cut carbon emissions and reclaim space
    for people, opening new bus rapid transit and public bike-sharing systems.

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