YouBike expands rental rules to broaden local use


TAIPEI — The Taipei City Government announced yesterday that its YouBike, a public commuter bicycle rental system located in the busy Xinyi District, has expanded its services to infrequent riders to help increase the usage rate.

The new service will now require no basic minimum rental period, deposit or membership registration, and commuters will only have to pay the regular fee of NT$10 (US$0.33) per 15 minutes, the city government said.

However, according to the city’s Department of Transportation, members of the public who wish to use the service still have to get their EasyCards registered at the YouBike service center or submit an online form.

YouBike, which has 11 rental stations and 500 bicycles, was launched in 2009 as part of efforts to promote the city as an eco-friendly international metropolis, and its satisfaction rate has reached almost 80 percent among its users, the city government said.