Hangzhou Public Bike Share Scheme

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Hangzhou Public Bike Share Scheme

Hangzhou Public Bicycle Bike Share Scheme

The Hangzhou Public Bicycle initiative in southeast China dwarfs almost all others, boasting a fleet of more than 66,000 bikes with plans to reach 175,000 over the next six years. The scheme only began in 2008 with a far more humble tally of just 2,000 bikes, to initially cater for the city’s seven million inhabitants.  The distinctive red bikes – some of which even come complete with child seats – can be accessed from any one of the 2,700 bike share stations spread 200-300m apart within the city centre and 500-800m apart in the suburbs. Funded by the local government, bikes are free to use for the first hour.