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City to pilot public bicycle service

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HCMC – The HCMC Department of Transport has proposed a pilot public bicycle project with 43 stations set up along major streets in the city.

The department is collecting feedback from competent agencies and citizens on a public bicycle system named Mobike, according to Thanh Nien Online website.

Tri Nam Group JSC, investor of the project, is planning to carry out a pilot phase in 12 months, during which it will provide 388 bicycles at 43 stations along major streets in District 1, as well as Dien Bien Phu and Vo Thi Sau Streets in District 3.

Each station will have 10 to 20 bikes, each of which will be installed with smart locks and a GPS system.

In order to use the service, residents will need to download the Mobike app on their smartphones.

Proposed prices are VND5,000 (US$0.22) per 30 minutes. Tri Nam will provide tickets for 15-minute, 30-minute, and 60-minute sessions during the pilot period.

During the first one to three months, people will be able to use the service free of charge for the first 15 minutes.

Tran Quang Lam, director of the Department of Transport, said the project aims at supporting the connection of other passenger transport services and better meet the needs of tourists in downtown HCMC.

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