ADB introduces bike-sharing system in Philippines

by Lois Calderon, ANC

Posted at Nov 06 2012 05:59 PM | Updated as of Nov 07 2012 01:59 AM

MANILA, Philippines - After e-trikes and e-jeepneys, now comes the bicycle sharing system, which the Asian Development Bank is introducing to the Philippines through funding from the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction.

The public bicycle sharing system is a network of publicly available bicycles parked in a certain area in a community whereby a user can take a bicycle from one location and return it to any other location in the network.

It decongests traffic especially for those who just need short trips.

The bicycle-sharing system was first tried in Paris in 2005, and there are now over 250 bicycle sharing systems worldwide, with China having the largest with 50,000 bicycles.

The ADB is pilot-testing the system in Manila and Davao, hoping the government would be convinced to adopt it.