Hangzhou joins ISO Sus­tain­able Cities and Com­mu­ni­ties act

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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.

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