Friday, August 10, 2012

Chinese bike-sharing dwarfs US and European programs

Via Better Citites & Towns

The bike-sharing system in the southern Chinese city of Hangzhou makes even the most developed systems in the US and Europe look like small potatoes by comparison. The 51,500-bike system, in a city of almost 7 million people, averages 240,000 trips every day — and reaches peaks of 320,000 trips in a day.
A few quick lessons can be gleaned from this impressive program:
  • Use appropriate pricing incentives. In Hangzhou the first hour is free, the second hour is 1RMB (only 15 cents!), the third hour is 2RMB  (30 cents), and each hour after that is 3RMB (45 cents). 
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more about China:

The bicycle's long way to China: The appropriation of cycling as a foreign cultural technique (1860-1941)

The Unsquared Circle of Old Shanghai

Towards a walkable city: the planning practice of Shenzhen, China

World’s largest bike-share system in China dwarfs popular U.S. program

Can Beijing regain its status as the world’s “bicycle kingdom”?

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