Taipei, June 11 (CNA) The highly popular YouBike bicycle sharing service will soon be available in Miaoli County, with the first 10 automated rental stations to be installed by the end of June, the county’s Public Works Department announced Monday.
The locations of the 10 stations will include Miaoli train station, Miaoli County Public Library, Miaoli City Office, National Miaoli Senior High School, and National Miaoli Agricultural and Industrial Vocational High School.
The department said it plans to install 30 stations in the northern county by the end of September, with about 1,200 bicycles provided near schools, parks, train stations and administrative buildings in local cities and townships, including Miaoli, Toufen and Chunan.
The objective is to make it easier for local residents to ride around town and promote a healthy leisure activity, the department said.
Bikes can be rented for NT$10 (US$0.33) every 30 minutes of use for the first four hours, NT$20 per 30 minutes when used 4-8 hours, and NT$30 for ever 30 minutes thereafter.
Originally launched in Taipei in 2009 as part of an effort to promote the city as an eco-friendly international metropolis, the bicycle sharing service is currently also available in Hsinchu City and County, Changhua County, Taoyuan City, and Taichung City.
(By Kuan Jui-pin and Ko Lin)