Hangzhou joins ISO Sustainable Cities and Communities act
The ISO/TC 268, held in Hangzhou on June 27-July 1, announced its decision to add Hangzhou and Versailles, where the world-famous Versailles Palace is sited, to its Sustainable Cities and Communities piloting act. “We chose Hangzhou for its accomplishments in striking a balance between the conservation of the city’s various historic and cultural riches and the improvement of people’s lives during the city’s developmental process,” said ISO Chairperson Mr Bernard Gindroz.
Hangzhou’s pioneering bike sharing scheme is a major contributor to the honour and a representative achievement of the city’s progress in standardised public services and management. It was ranked by the BBC in 2011 as one of the world’s 8 best bike sharing systems and by USA Today in 2013 as the best of the world’s top16 regional bike sharing services. The city’s bike sharing managerial experiences are now used in 175 cities across China.
With its Central Secretariat based in Geneva, Switzerland, ISO is an independent, nongovernmental international organisation with a membership of 163 national standard bodies. Through its members, it brings together experts who share knowledge and develop voluntary, consensus-based, market relevant International Standards that support innovation and provide solutions to global challenges.
TC 268 aims to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals through its standardization endeavours.
To welcome the G20 Summit, another 2,500 red bikes -- carrying the G20 logo and representing the fifth generation of the city’s bike legion - hit roads across Hangzhou in midJuly. The summit also ushered in bilingual services at about 370 rental sites. Foreigners can now call 85331122 for English services.
Statistics show that the red rental bikes are used by an average of 310,000 people on a daily basis.