Hà Nội to pilot e-bike sharing scheme

March 18, 2020 - 13:21

An electric bike sharing system will be piloted in Hoàn Kiếm District.


A bike rental station in Seoul, South Korea.— Illustrative Photo 10mag.com

HÀ NỘI — An electric bike-sharing system will be piloted in the capital city's Hoàn Kiếm District.

The move came after the capital People’s Committee approved on Tuesday the proposal by the city’s Planning and Investment Department on the e-bike sharing scheme.

The model aims to make it easier for people to use public vehicles to get to offices, schools, hospitals and shopping centres, according to the department.

The department was told to work with the Transport Department to research and determine an appropriate location to run the system.

The location should be outside the pedestrian streets and able to connect to public transport, office buildings, and trade centres, the committee said.

The e-bikes must be designed with the city’s logo.

Relevant agencies were assigned to disseminate information on the system to city-dwellers. Regulations on the use of the e-bike scheme will be given to people, the committee said.

The system has been applied in many countries, including Singapore and South Korea. The e-bike rental service provider will collect the e-bikes at a parking lot, then manage them through a software application. The user will make a rental order and pay on a smartphone app.

The capital city is developing a public transport system, which aims to serve the needs of 30 to 35 per cent of citizens in the inner city and 15 per cent of citizens in satellite cities.

A report from the Ministry of Transport’s Transport Development and Strategy Institute showed that the city now has about 5.5 million motorbikes and nearly 500,000 cars. — VNS