An opening ceremony was held this morning for the 300th YouBike station in New Taipei City, bringing the total number of YouBikes in New Taipei to 8,000, UDN reported. The city targets 350 total stations. There are currently 237 stations in Taipei City, according to the YouBike website.
Monthly ridership has reached 1.5 million users. The newest station opened in Tucheng District. The bikes are also available in Taoyuan, Taichung, and Changhua.
Giant chairman King Liu praised the city’s commitment to promoting public bikes as Taipei and New Taipei have expanded the service more than other cities around the world.
New Taipei has pledged to maintain free first 30 minutes for the YouBikes. Taipei City ended the free 30 minutes last April as the program was running a deficit because the majority of riders used the bikes for less than 30 minutes at a time. Despite residents begrudging the change in fee structure, ridership did not suffer much and revenue increased.
According to New Taipei City Department of Transportation statistics, more than 50,000 YouBike rides are taken each day with 25% of riders using the public bike system instead of a motorbike for commuting. The public bikes are most popular among residents between 20 and 29 years old.