The Transport Department of Danang City has considered a pilot bike rental service at the city centre.
According to the department, rapid urbanisation and sharp rise in tourists have pressured the municipal traffic and environment.
The city has seen an average annual growth of 12% in cars and 10.5% in motorbikes. Traffic congestion has been forecasted as a more common problem in Danang after 2020 if the city does not adopt proper solutions to deal with the situation.
To restrict private vehicles, the department plans a pilot bike rental service as in many developed countries. This is intended to ease traffic congestion and environmental pollution as well as help connect people to bus stops.
The department will select Hai Chau, Son Tra and Ngu Hanh Son districts for the project. Initially, around 30-40 areas will be selected for the service with 5-10 bikes to be used each, prioritising main streets and spots near bus stops.
People would use QR Codes to open bikes.
The fees would depend on the rental time and the payment would be paid online or directly at the service stations at hotels or restaurants.
Users can return bikes at the service stations or any permitted places.
Hoi An city in the central province of Quang Nam on June 3 launched a pilot bicycle sharing programme in cooperation with the German Development Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and Health Bridge Canada.
Public bicycles are believed to be a good solution to the urban transport question as it is ‘green’ and suited to sustainable development.
HCM City was one of five large cities in the country asked to pilot public bicycle sharing in its inner areas under the Prime Minister’s requirement in 2014, but the pilot programme has failed to meet demand.