Watch: Why Beijing loves bicycle sharing

Shareable bicycles have made cycling hassle-free and popular in China

Updated - June 11, 2024 05:35 pm IST

Published - June 11, 2024 05:30 pm IST

More and more people across Beijing are choosing to ride bicycles

Hundreds of blue, green and yellow bicycles can be seen parked outside metro stations

These shareable bicycles, belonging to three different private companies, have made cycling hassle-free and popular.

One can unlock a bicycle by scanning a QR code using a mobile app, ride it and park it at a different stand and pay using the same app.

The popularity of cycling is not only because of bicycle-sharing but also due to the infrastructure provided for cyclists. In the capital Beijing, there are separate bicycle lanes in most parts of the city.

The government has built a 6.5-km dedicated three-lane bicycle track, which is 6 metres wide, in the northwest part of the city

About 3 km of this is an elevated bicycle lane that runs over the main roads.

The sight of cyclists ruling the roads in cities and towns in China over the years is not unusual, though.China was often recognised as the ‘Kingdom of Bicycles’. But in the early 1990s, the number of buses on the roads increased and in the later half of the 1990s, people started buying more cars.

However, people’s mindset towards cycling also started changing and since the Covid pandemic, more people have taken up cycling.. Bicycles are also part of President Xi Jinping’s “Healthy China 2030” policy.

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Report and visuals: Nikhil M Babu

Production: Gayatri Menon

Voiceover: Jude Weston

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