“Public bicycle is part of public transportation; it is solving the ‘last mile’ problem for the city, and long-distance walking trip and short-distance bus trip can change to use public bicycle. The stations are located very close to the BRT station and bus system. The payment also integrated with the BRT system; people can use one card to access to the bus, BRT,” Li says.
At the end of 2011 Hangzhou’s bike share had 2,670 stations with 65,000 bikes and more than 85 million trips, Li says. The sheer volume of Hangzhou’s system has really helped in its success, Desmond says.
“I think the relationship between a transit system, a transit network and a biking system is pretty strong as well, and they leverage one another and you can say ‘look if you keep your car at home all the time or most of the time and you use public transit whether a train or a bus and we’ve got this thing called bike share around so you can complete your trip so it makes the public transit system that much more convenient for folks,” Desmond concludes.