Hong Kong’s first bicycle-sharing system launched on International Bike Day last month. Over 1,000 smart bicycles have been spread across the New Territories, including bike-friendly Sha Tin, Tai Po and Ma On Shan.
It is hoped the number of bikes will increase to 20,000 by July, covering Kowloon, Hong Kong Island, Park Island and Discovery Bay by the end of the year.
Unlike other cities that have public bike-sharing systems, the Hong Kong version allows riders to drop their bikes at any public space, without the restriction of fixed bicycle stations.
The bright green bicycles are equipped with with a basket, smart light for night rides and integrated alarm system to prevent theft. To rent a bike, cyclists need to log into the gobee.bike app, locate the nearest bike via an active map, and unlock it by scanning a unique QR code placed on the smart lock of each bicycle. When the bike is locked after use, the system automatically ceases to charge and the total usage time and price are made visible. Rental costs $5/half hour. The cloud-based system is currently only available on Android phones, goobee.bike.