Community Bicycles Free for 30 Minutes in Downtown Tokyo

Tokyo eco-port community bicycle parking area. Tokyo Japan eco-port community bicycle parking lot.

 

Community bicycles intended for short distance travel are now available in downtown Tokyo. The Community Cycle program trial is sponsored by Japan Travel Bureau and the Japan Ministry of the Environment.

Five Eco-Port community bicycle lots will be set up about 300 meters apart in the experiment area that covers small parts of the Otemachi, Marunouchi, and Yurakucho business districts in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo. The route is between Tokyo station and the grounds of the Imperial Palace. Eighty-five bicycles are available for rental. The bicycles can be dropped off at any Eco-Port lot.

Riders must first register at the JTB branch in Marunouchi or at Travel Gate in Yurakucho. Registration requires the rider’s credit card number for purposes of preventing theft of the bicycles. If the bicycle is not returned within 24 hours, the user’s credit card will be charged for the cost of the bike. The registration fee is JPY1000.

The first 30 minutes of bike use is free. After 30 minutes, it costs JPY100 per 10 minutes. If bicycles are kept longer than 3 hours, the cost rises to JPY100 per 5 minutes.

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To rent a bicycle, users swipe a contactless card over a terminal at each bike. When the card is verified, the parking port device releases the bicycle. The system utilitzes FeliCa contactless IC cards, FeliCa-equipped cellphones, or the special community bicycle contactless IC card issued by JTB.

 

Enrollment campaigns will target corporations located in the Otemachi and Marunouchi areas.

Tokyo rental community bicycle parking port Tokyo route and locations of eco-port community bicycle lots.

The Tokyo trial began Oct.1, and ends Nov. 30, 2009.

Bicycle helmets are not offered with the bike rental.
Sapporo community community bicycle  sharing Porcle Sapporo community bicycle Poro kure rental port.

 

Sapporo conducted a 10-day community rental bicycle trial from Sept. 20-30. Over 100 users participated in the test. The event, nicknamed "Porokure", utilized 7 bicycle ports for Sapporo’s blue bicycles. There was no charge to participate.
Sapporo Edogawa  Nagoya Japan community bicycle  sharing rental.

Nagoya will conduct a community bicycle-lending trial Oct. 20 to Nov. 18. The experiment will use 300 bikes. Users must preregister and answer a questionnaire after the trial.

Edogawa ward in Tokyo began a short-term community bicycle rental trial on Sept. 1

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Sankei; Okamot.com; Porokuru; Poro-cle

 

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One Comment

  1. Japanese words Says:

    That’s a great idea. Both to promote more eco friendly means of transportation and make money doing it.

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