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Tech firms propose bicycle sharing plan for Ho Chi Minh city

A bicycle sharing scheme proposed by three tech firms for downtown Saigon could help short-distance commuters, a transport official says.

HCMC authorities have received a proposal from technology firms Tri Nam Technology Development Investment, Mobike and IOT Vietnam to trial a public bicycles scheme.

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Sharing bicycles are seen lined up in downtown Beijing, China.

Tran Chi Trung, director of the HCMC Management Centre of Public Transport (MCPT), said the scheme will help meet the demand for travel between bus stops and for distances under 3 kilometers.

If approved, trials would begin in District 1, which has many government buildings, schools, hospitals and 31 bus routes that bring commuters in and out of the city.

About 800-1,000 bicycles will be available in the initial period with 70-80 docking stations, which can hold 10-20 bikes, located next to bus stops, schools and tourism spots.

A 30-minute trip would cost VND5,000 (21 cents). There could be a free trial period for first 15 minutes for up to three months to attract users. Each bike will have GPS and be managed by software to prevent theft.

The businesses are still conducting preliminary feasibility studies as they wait for the city’s approval in principle.

Economist Chung Thanh Tien said he had some safety concerns, because the city’s streets lack a dedicated lane for bicycles, while there are a large number of cars and motorbikes.

In June, Hoi An Town in central Vietnam launched its first bicycle sharing scheme with 100 bicycles and 11 docking stations.

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Source: VnExpress

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