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Public bicycle-sharing service in Hanoi in the offing

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The government of Hanoi has approved the municipal transport authority’s plan to offer a public bicycle-sharing service in five inner-city districts in the capital city.

According to the city’s Department of Transport, the plan will be implemented in two phases.

In the first phase from 2022 to 2023, the city will provide 1,000 bicycles, including 500 traditional vehicles and 500 electric ones at 70-80 locations in the districts of Ba Dinh, Tay Ho, Dong Da and Thanh Xuan and other places near the Cat Linh-Ha Dong urban railway stations.

In the second phase from 2023 to 2024, the service will be expanded to other districts, with around 3,000 bicycles offered at 350 locations.

This pubic bicycle-sharing project requires some VND26 billion in investment backed by the investor. The project will be piloted in 18 months. Proposed fees for electric bicycles are approximately VND20,000 per hour or VND200,000 per day. The project’s investor proposed the municipal government support it in selecting some places to set up charging stations.

Earlier, in mid-December last year, the public bicycle-sharing service was launched in HCMC and attracted a positive response from the public.

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