Youbike

A really cool initiative here is the youbike system. This is part of Taiwan’s push for an eco friendly city. You can rent bikes here using your easy card– meaning that you just have to swipe and go. The first half hour is free! I have been riding them everywhere.

 

The system seems to have gained enormous popularity. The bikes are usually all gone from the stations and there is a line of people waiting. Don’t take the youbike if you need to be somewhere in a short amount of time. Sometimes there are douches who will clock in at the station and take the bike right back out, so that they can get several successive free “first 30 minutes”, even when people are waiting. That’s one thing to fix, but the rest is golden! I hope they put in more bike stations soon and continue to build on their success!

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