(ECNS) -- By scanning a code with your mobile phone, you can ride a bike. Shared bikes have become a new "green transport" solution in the "bicycle kingdom."
In cities like Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, cycling has become a new commuting trend. Data shows Beijing citizens are increasingly willing to take slow transport, and annual bike rides (public bikes) have increased from 50 million times in 2017 to 950 million in 2021 (shared bikes).
According to the 2022 Report on the shared bicycle/motorcycle in China's major cities, shared bikes are available at 77 percent of subway stations across China.
The coupling of subways and shared bikes has effectively alleviated the "urban disease" of congestion caused by private cars. While providing short-distance connections, shared bikes are becoming an ideal option between two destinations.
If a car driver opts to ride a bike, it can reduce carbon emissions by about one ton a year. According to the public report of a Chinese bike-sharing company, by the end of 2021, the accumulated 41.6-billion-kilometer cycling distance of the company's users had reduced carbon emissions by about 1.94 million tons.
During the 2022 National Day holiday, hydrogen-powered shared bikes were put into use in Foshan, South China’s Guangdong Province, an eye-catching innovation in shared transport.
In the past decade, China has vigorously promoted green and low-carbon development, with the concept of green transport and low-carbon life taking deep root in people’s minds. With the improvement of the eco-environment, more and more urban residents begin to enjoy the fun of riding bikes.
Shared transport, shared space, shared education, and shared goods... China continues to lead the world in the development of the sharing economy.