Kinmen begins charging for rental bike rides

Cyclists enjoy a ride on K-bikes, Kinmen County’s bicycle rental system, on Nov. 1, 2017. Kinmen County on Wednesday began charging non-residents for the use of rental bikes, but residents can ride for free for the first four hours of use. (CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) – Kinmen County on Wednesday began charging non-residents for the use of rental bikes under the county’s K-bike system, but residents will be able to ride for free for the first four hours of use, a county government official said.

Non-resident K-bike riders will be charged NT$10 (US$0.30) for every 30 minutes of use and up to NT$250 per day, according to Chen Mei-ling (陳美齡), director of the Kinmen County Government Tourism Bureau.

Residents who hold Kinmen Citizen Cards can ride K-bikes free of charge for the first four hours, but will then be charged NT$10 for every 30 minutes of use thereafter, or up to NT$150 a day, Chen said.

More than 68,000 people have used the K-bike public rental bicycle system since the launch of its trial run on April 16 in the outlying island county, Chen said.

After introducing the Kinmen Citizen Card mechanism in September, the local government decided to give cardholders the special 4-hour free ride offer to increase the card’s popularity while charging others to use the system, Chen said.

In introducing the differential rent plan, the county government is aiming to put a “user pays principle” into practice and take better care of county residents, Chen said. 

By Huang Huei-min and Evelyn Kao