Taipei pre­par­ing to start charg­ing YouBike rid­ers for the ini­tial 30 min­utes

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Peo­ple us­ing Taipei City’s bi­cy­cle rental ser­vice will be charged a small fee for the first half an hour, start­ing Wed­nes­day, but the fees for pe­ri­ods of more than 30 min­utes will re­main the same, the city said Tues­day.

To fa­cil­i­tate the fee change, the YouBike ser­vice will be suspended from mid­night Tues­day to 5 a. m. Wed­nes­day, al­low­ing only the re­turn of bikes, the city said.

When the rental ser­vice is re­stored early Wed­nes­day, the au­to­mated sys­tem will start dock­ing NT$ 5 for the first 30 min­utes of use, the city said.

Users who had rented bikes be­fore Tues­day and plan to re­turn them on Wed­nes­day will be charged NT$ 5 for the first half an hour but can ob­tain a re­fund if they ap­ply at YouBike ser­vice cen­ters be­fore May 1, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the city gov­ern­ment.

The YouBike sys­tem, which was fully im­ple­mented in 2012, has been al­low­ing free rides for the first 30 min­utes, af­ter which users are charged NT$10 per half-hour for the next three and a half hours, NT$20 per halfhour for the next four hours, and NT$40 per half-hour af­ter that.

New Taipei City, which has its own bike rental sys­tem, will con­tinue to of­fer the first 30 min­utes of use free of cost.

The Taipei City gov­ern­ment re­ported that as of Oc­to­ber 2014, to­tal rid­er­ship since the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the YouBike sys­tem had sur­passed 30 mil­lion.

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