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Hangzhou's 1st public bike starts new journey
Created: 2012-2-29 17:47:29

HANGZHOU'S first public bike will become an exhibit in the Hangzhou Low-Carbon Science & Technology Hall, Hangzhou Public Transport Group said yesterday.

The bike with a serial number 800001 was put into use on May 1, 2008. The first digit 8 indicates the bike first hit the road in 2008. The latest bikes start with 11 as they were put into use in 2011. Each public bike in Hangzhou has a serial number.

The bike has been kept at Hangzhou Public Bike Co after cleaning and maintenance and it is still in a good functional condition.

There were 2,800 public bikes in 2008 and now there are more than 60,000 public bikes in the city.

"We are very excited to get this information and eventually we can exhibit the bike in April after our hall opens to the public," Ji Jinhang, director of the hall, said yesterday.

Hangzhou is currently running the largest public bike project in the world with an average bike usage rate of around 220,000 each day. About half of the bike-sharing practice happens during the morning and evening rush hours.

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