Public Bike-Rental Program in Beijing

Beijing has a city-wide public bicycle -rental program. The network covers eight districts of the city, including Dongcheng, Xicheng, Chaoyang, Fengtai, Fengtai, Shijingshan, Daxing, Tongzhou, and Yizhuang. There are close to 700 service spots where visitors or residents can rent or return bikes. Launched in 2012, the public bike program in Beijing is meant to reduce traffic congestion and air pollution in the city.

To utilize the public bike program in Beijing, one goes to one of the bike service centers to get a card. Applicants need to show their ID's, which, for foreign visitors, would be their passports. Foreigners who live in Beijing on the long term can use their residential permit. They also need to have a Public Transit Card, what the local people call "Yi Kar Tong" - "One card connects all", which one uses to ride buses and subway trains. There is also a security deposit of 400 Chinese dollars (approximately $65).

Once one has obtained the pub bike card, he can go to one of the bike service spots to pick up his bike. Service is automatic - one slides his card through a card-reader, and a bike will be released to him, just the way one picks a luggage cart at an airport. When returning a bike, push the bike into a slot. The machine will lock up the bike and you can slide your card again to complete the process.

For further information, one can visit the web site for Public Bicycle in Beijing. Unfortunately, the web site is in Chinese only. But there are a copule of maps that show service spots across the city. The service phone number for the program is 400-157-7157.