By Lauly Li, The China Post
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taipei yesterday continued its effort to provide a convenient cycling service with the opening of four new YouBike rental stations, bringing the citywide total to 103. The four new stations are at MRT Yuanshan Station, the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei Confucius Temple and Lin An Tai Historical House and Museum, all clustered in Datong District.
Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said the YouBike system, which allows people to ride for free for up to 30 minutes, was established in 2009 with 500 bicycles at 11 rental stations in downtown Xinyi District. Wang Shang-wei (王聲威), the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) commissioner, said that as the number of stations has grown since last August, the bicycle-sharing system has become ever-more popular.
He said the number of daily rentals has reached over 40,000, and over 1 million monthly. Wang added that the total number of registered users has surpassed 6.4 million. According to statistics, every night over 1,500 users ride YouBike after 11 p.m. and around 1,000 people ride along riversides after midnight. Hau added that the city government is set to establish a total of 162 YouBike stations before the end of this year, adding that the expanded YouBike network provides a more convenient form of “green transportation” for both citizens and tourists to commute around the city.