Minhang to expand fleet of public bikes to 26,000

MINHANG District plans to enlarge its public bike system by adding 7,000 new bikes next year to meet local people's growing demand, the district commission for urban construction and transportation said today.

Currently, there are 19,000 rent-free bikes in Minhang and the number will reach 26,000 next year. A budget increase of 26 million yuan (US$4.09 million) is expected, said Wan Huqing, an official with the commission.

As of April, the commission had issued more than 217,000 user cards to local residents who want to borrow free public bikes to go to work or run errands, and the demand has exceeded the supply, said Wan.

The public bike system was introduced in March 2009. Minhang residents can apply for a user card with their ID cards and residential certificates. They can ride off from any public bike station and return the bike within two hours each time.


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