It has gotten cooler in the morning and evening. It is good weather to ride a bicycle. I often see people who commute by bicycle. It is not only comfortable to use bicycle within short distance, but also you may find a peace of mind. However, it is high cost to buy bicycle, and it is not easy to maintain it. Anyone who doesn’t have a bicycle but wants to ride a bicycle?
Let me introduce Bicycle sharing.
Bicycle sharing is automated rental system. People don’t have to buy a bicycle, but they can use public bicycle. Recently, it is more easily check bicycle availability in real time through mobile or website.
Bicycle sharing started from abroad first. It is model after a successful case of a leading overseas city like Paris and Montreal, and Germany and the USA are operating the service.
This trend is becoming increasingly common under the local government in Korea. I would like to introduce examples of bicycle sharing which are already in the process of being implemented in major cities.
1. Seoul-si, ‘Seoul Bike’ (www.bikeseoul.com/)
Seoul city is running 25 stations in Yeuido and 18 stations in Sangamdong. All people can rent and return a bicycle in anywhere. A day pass is 1,000won(about $1). One hour is a basic rental time, so if you want to use the bicycle 24 hours, then you should repeat rent and return it.
2. Daejeon-si, ‘Tashu’ (www.tashu.or.kr/)
Daejeon-si introduced the first public bicycle system in Korea. ‘Tashu’ means ‘Get it’ in Chungchong-do dialect. It became already a part of lie in Daejeon-si. Especially, Daejueon-si took out bicycle insurance for all of Daejeon citizen. Also, it is more easily check bicycle availability in real time through mobile or website. It is a membership system, and a day pass is 500won($50cents).
3. Changwons-si, ‘Nubija’ (nubija.changwon.go.kr)
‘Nubija’ is being told as an exemplary case. The compound word ‘Nubija’ is formed from the words “Nubida(which means ‘pound the street’)” and “Jajeongeo(bicycle)”. It can use by smartphone from rent and return to report a problem. The excellence of this system is even known outside of Korea, so export is in the works. A day pass is 1,000won($1), and basic rental time is 2 hours. The only fault is dirrenrt payment method depensds on register place.
4. Goyang-si, ‘Fifteen sharing’ (www.fifteenlife.com/)
Bicycle sharing program ‘Fifteen sharing’ is available to make a membership card. It is auto payment system by measuring distance and time. Threre are 125 Fif-park(bicycle rental-return center)s, and this service conducted partnership with stores in Goyang-si so that they provides a discount in some ways. Annual pass is 20,000won($20), monthly pass is 3,000won($3), and a day pass is 1,000won($1).
5. Ansan-si, ‘Pedalro’ (www.pedalro.kr)
‘Pedalro’ is bicycle sharing program in Ansan-si since 2013, and it becomes highly popular. The number of member surpassed more than 10,000 in a month. 46 stations established in public office, subway station, and bus station, and 1,155 bicycles are placed. Annual pass is 20,000won($20), monthly pass is 3,000won($3), and a day pass is 1,000won($1).
Besides, Busan-si and Suncheon-si are running on bicycle sharing. Please check the website further information.
– Busan-si public bicycle (http://u-bike.busan.go.kr/)
– Suncheon-si Onnuri (bike.suncheon.go.kr/)
– Jeju-si public bicycle (bike.jeju.go.kr)
We looked at examples of bicycle sharing. I recommend you to check out your local service and utilize it. I will add more information if you share more information.