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Yueqing’s smart transportation system rated one of the best nationwide
Date:2022-07-25 10:55:53 Source:Wenzhou·China Fonts:[ Large Medium Small ]

In a summer evening, you get off the bus, borrow a shared bicycle in sky blue color via QR code just beside the bus station, and the streets and alleys of the city are now all within your reach. With this “public transportation plus shared bicycle” system, buses and shared bicycles have now been “seamlessly integrated” and favored by many in the urban area of Yueqing, a county-level city of East China’s Wenzhou. The city’s smart mode of transportation is rated as one of the  best innovation practices of smartization of China’s transportation enterprises 2021.

“Now there are shared bicycle stops near my home and bus stops. I don't have to worry about traffic jams or parking space during daily commute or grocery shopping. All I need to do is scanning the QR code and borrowing a shared bike. It’s really easy and convenient,” said Ms. Ye, a local resident. After hearing a clear beep sound, Ms. Ye borrowed a public bicycle just through Wechat, China’s largest messaging and calling app.

In 2021, Yueqing introduced its new-generation smart shared bicycles featuring “guardrail (the rack) plus AI promotion”. With the help of “bus open data”, local residents now have access to 18,500 smart shared bicycles at 1,300 bicycle stops in “ten places”, such as bus stops, urban communities and grocery markets. 96% of the bus stations in the urban area have been supported by shared bicycle stops, which effectively integrates public transportation and slow urban transportation systems.

People are allowed to ride those shared bicycles free of charge for one hour, which greatly cuts down on their travel costs. Shared bicycles are thus gaining public popularity, as the monthly rentals hit a record high of nearly 1.5 million, according to Yueqing Transportation Group.

Local government has put great efforts into the integration of urban and rural public transport, one of the key measures benefiting people’s livelihood. With optimized layout, upgraded online payment and new ways of regulation, the average daily passenger volume of public transport in Yueqing has reached a peak of 155,000, which was 55,000 in the 1970’s.