YouBike pedals past 10 millionth Taipei rental

YouBike pedals past 10 millionth Taipei rental
The scheme is so popular that bikes at the most popular locations, such as at Taipei City Hall MRT station (above), are often in short supply.

The Taipei City Government yesterday celebrated the 10 millionth rental in its YouBike public bike rental system, and announced that YouBike has earned a 93-per cent approval rating among Taipei citizens.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) congratulated the 10 millionth user, surnamed Chen, who rented a YouBike on Nov. 8 around 4 p.m. The mayor also invited Chen to be a spokesperson for YouBike's courtesy campaign, which promotes the rights of pedestrians.

Taipei City said the courtesy campaign aims to establish cyclists' awareness of pedestrians' rights by encouraging compliance with rules that prohibit riding in arcades, and calling for cyclists to walk their bikes when passing through crowds.

Chen said she registered in the system about a year ago, and she rents a YouBike at least three times a week to commute between her residence and workplace. "Apart from that, our family also rents the bicycles to travel in the city on weekends," she added.

"If I have to offer a suggestion to Taipei City, I wish they would build more bike paths, and flatten some of the uneven path surfaces," Chen said.

Hau said that judging from the popularity of the city's bike sharing system, he is optimistic that by the same time next year, YouBike will have surpassed 20 million rentals.

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