YouBike us­age bet­ter than ex­pected de­spite new fees

The China Post - - LOCAL -

The num­ber of peo­ple us­ing Taipei City’s YouBike public bi­cy­cle rental ser­vice was higher than ex­pected on Wed­nes­day, the first day of a new sys­tem of rental fees, ac­cord­ing to the city gov­ern­ment.

There were 17,338 YouBike rentals recorded be­tween 6 a.m. and noon Wed­nes­day, around 20 per­cent less than the same pe­riod a day ear­lier, of­fi­cials said.

How­ever, us­age was still 10 per­cent bet­ter than an­tic­i­pated, said Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion di­vi­sion head Liu Chia-yu.

How­ever, Liu said short-term fluc­tu­a­tions do not rep­re­sent con­sumer be­hav­ior, stress­ing that fur­ther anal­y­sis is needed.

Start­ing Wed­nes­day, YouBike users are now charged NT$5 (US$0.16) for the first half-hour, which was pre­vi­ously free. The fees for pe­ri­ods of more than 30 min­utes re­main the same.

The YouBike sys­tem, which was fully im­ple­mented in 2012, charges NT$5 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 half hour for the next four hours, and NT$40 per halfhour af­ter that.

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

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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