Seoul Metropolitan Government Recruits 1,000 Hangang Cyclists on First-come, First-served Basis

Starting on June 11, The Seoul Metropolitan Government will be recruiting cyclists who want to ride their bicycles along the Hangang riverside bicycle lane while enjoying the offshore river breeze on July 7. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government is operating a monthly bicycle riding campaign that started in May and will go until November under the theme, “Let’s Run through Seoul on Our Bicycles,” in order to spread a safe biking culture, in line with the provision of 30,000 Ttareungyi (Seoul Public Bike) on the street. Rather than a speed battle, the campaign is a part of efforts to make the roads safe for bicycles, automobiles, and pedestrians.

The 2nd Seoul Bicycle Parade will be held as the “Hangang Bicycle Lane Safety Campaign” where participants sporting safety gear will gather at 8 a.m. on July 7, 2019 at the Moonlight Square in Banpo Hangang Park, the starting point for the parade.

The course is 14-km and 60-minutes long, spanning over the course: Moonlight Square-Hannamdaegyo Bridge- Yeongdongdaegyo Bridge-Jamsildaegyo Bridge-Olympicdaegyo Bridge-Gwangnaru Bicycle Park. Participants will be divided into groups and will slowly ride their bikes, enjoying the offshore river breeze of summer and being considerate of the pedestrians and other cyclists visiting the Hangang River.

Following a brief collective stretching session at Moonlight Square in Banpo Hangang Park, the parade will be set to commence. After biking in a line with citizens who enjoy riding bikes along the Hangang River, participants can enjoy a photo zone and small performances at Gwangnaru Bicycle Park.

□ Event Summary

  • Date & Time: July 7 (Sun.), departing at 8 a.m.
  • Location: Banpo Moonlight Square (starting point) – Hannamdaegyo Bridge – Seongsudaegyo Bridge – Olympicdaegyo Bridge – Cheonhodaegyo Bridge – Gwangnaru Bicycle Park (finishing point); 14-km course
  • Programs: Warm-up stretching, bicycle parade, photo zone, etc.
  • Participants: Limited to 1,000 on a first-come, first-served basis [Personal bicycle users and public bicycle users (Ttareungyi)]
  • Requirements:
    1. Any resident over the age of 15
    2. Must have a bicycle (or Ttareungyi rental)
    3. Must have a helmet and other safety gear
    4. Must be able to safely complete 14-km course
  • Participant Groups:
    1. Group A (Advanced) – Those able to ride over one hour at a speed of 20 km/h
    2. Group B (Intermediate) – Those able to ride over one hour at a speed of 15 km/h
    3. Group C (Beginner) – Those wanting to ride at a speed slower than those mentioned above
  • Application Details
    • – Application Period: First-come, first-served recruitment starting on June 11 (Tue.), 2019 at 9 a.m.
    • – Number of Participants: 1,000
    • – Where to Apply: Apply via the Seoul Metropolitan Government website (http://seoul.go.kr)
    • – How to Apply: Fill out required items after carefully reading over precautionary notes

□ Program Details (Draft)

Program Details (Draft)
Venue Plan Time Detailed Contents
Banpo Moonlight Square Gather at the starting point 7:40-7:45 a.m. Gather at Jamsil Youth Plaza
Receive instructions 7:45-7:50 a.m. Riding instructions from the host
Warm-up stretching 7:50-7:57 a.m. Warm-up stretching
Starting countdown, photographs 7:57-7:59 a.m. Photo before starting
Departure 8:00 a.m. – From Banpo Moonlight Square…
Divided into groups, departure
Gwangnaru Bicycle Park Estimated arrival 8:34-9:17 a.m. …to Gwangnaru Bicycle Park
Divided into groups, departure
Small events 9:30 a.m.- * On-site events (photo zone and quiz)
Event completion 11:00 a.m. Optional participation in the photo zone, bicycle safety check ,and more

▲ Beginning of the 1st Seoul Bicycle Parade▲ Beginning of the 1st Seoul Bicycle Parade

▲ Arrival of the Leading Group of the 1st Seoul Bicycle Parade▲ Arrival of the Leading Group of the 1st Seoul Bicycle Parade




Opening of Seoul Bike Festival 2019

Opening of Seoul Bike Festival 2019
 
The Seoul Bike Festival 2019 will be held from 8 am on June 9 and people will ride their bikes from Gwanghwamun Square to Gangbyeonbuk-ro up until the World Cup Park.
 
Holding its 11th anniversary this year, the Seoul Bike Festival is an event to promote the use of bikes, the most famous eco-friendly vehicle, and to advocate for its safe use. The Festival is continually embraced not only by biking enthusiasts but also ordinary citizens.
 
Over 6,000 citizens are expected to participate in the event and 70 Ttareungyi (Seoul public bike) will join the parade.
 
Traffic control will be in operation from 6 am to 10 am around Gwanghwamun Square, Sejongno Sageori, Seoul Station, Yongsan Station, the northern end of Hangangdaegyo Bridge, the Gangbyeonbuk-ro (to Ilsan), the northern end of Gayangdaegyo Bridge, Guryong Sageori, the Crossroad at the entrance of DMC, and World Cup Park, depending on the progress of the parade.
 
For detailed information, contact the festival office at +82-2-2031-1913 (www.seoulbikefest.com) or the website of Seoul Transport Operation & Information Service (topis.seoul.go.kr).




Enjoy Wi-Fi Service on Public Transportation Wherever You Go

By 2020, you will be able to use Wi-Fi for free anywhere you go while riding public transportation in Seoul. Also, people who go jogging to large parks like Seoul Forest or Yeouido Park can now listen to their favorite music on YouTube without the burden of incurring additional mobile data fees.
 
With the smartphone distribution rate of Seoulites amounting to 95 percent, the Seoul Metropolitan Government has plans to double the number of public Wi-Fi terminals to 20,000 units by the end of 2019.
 
First of all, the SMG will create a Wi-Fi network encompassing all green and blue buses, red buses and town shuttle buses. Once the public communication network is available in every bus, which was once a dead zone of public Wi-Fi, commuters will have access to wireless Internet for free on any public transportation vehicle, including the subway, where private Wi-Fi networks are installed.
 
The SMG will build a public Wi-Fi network that will include a total of 7,405 buses running in Seoul by 2020, increasing the distribution rate of Wi-Fi from 3.6 percent to 100 percent. The number of the buses indicates the sum of 6,000 green and blue buses and 1,405 red buses. The Wi-Fi network will be installed in green and blue buses by December 2019 and in red buses by 2020.
 
The free Wi-Fi service will benefit not only Seoulites but also all the passengers living in the capital area who commute to Seoul.
 
All the town shuttle buses, which carry 118,000 passengers a day, will also be equipped with the public Wi-Fi network by October 2019. The total number reach 1,499 vehicles of 235 lines. When the free Wi-Fi service is expanded to the town shuttle buses, Seoul will become the first metropolitan city in the country with a public Wi-Fi network.
 
Bus stops are another target where the SMG will build up the new public Wi-Fi network. The plan is to establish terminals of the Wi-Fi network at 358 median bus lanes by 2019 and 2,000 bus stops on the roadside by 2020.
 
Additionally, the SMG will install the public Wi-Fi network in 24 large public parks (over 100,000㎡) managed by the city itself by 2020, to expand the use of the free Wi-Fi service in the daily life of citizens. A total of 300 Wi-Fi hosts are to be installed.
 
As part of the efforts to bridge the digital divide, the SMG plans to make the public Wi-Fi service accessible in local community facilities that are frequently visited by disadvantaged groups in terms of access to information, such as local welfare centers, facilities for the elderly and the handicapped, and youth shelters. While 101 welfare facilities will be equipped with the public Wi-Fi service at first, the number will increase to 300 through the year 2019.
 
njoy Wi-Fi Service on Public Transportation Wherever You Go




Seoul Hosts the World’s First Run of the 5G Self-driving Car in Sangam

self-driving-car

The 5G Self-driving Car that is constructed entirely of Korean technology will be revealed for the first time in the world at Sangam, Seoul in June 2019. The genuine Connected Car (V2X, vehicle-to-everything) that connects the vehicle to everything in its surroundings through a high-speed, 5G communications network will race through Seoul’s public roads.

Seoul will open the “Sangam Self-driving Festival” with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on June 22, 2019 in Sangam where the world’s first “5G self-driving testbed” is being constructed.

It is worth noting that the world’s first 5G-V2X self-driving collaboration technology will be debuted on public roads. In addition to Korea’s successful commercialization of the world’s first 5G technology on April 3, 2019, the launch will introduce various technologies that fuse self-driving with future transportation.

This is the first time that the genuine Connected Car technology that connects vehicle-to-everything with cars through 5G will be made public. Unlike the technologically limited connection of vehicles to vehicles (V2V) and vehicles to infrastructures (V2I), the 5G and V2X technology that will be realized by Seoul and Samsung Electronics for the first time will connect ▴vehicles to people (V2P) and ▴vehicles to bicycles (V2B), both of which are essential for the commercialization of Connected Car.

On this day, the public can ride along on self-driving buses and passenger cars. Seven vehicles (four buses, three passenger cars) will run through World Cup Buk-ro (approx. 1.1 km) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and rides will be free with reservations made in advance. Reservations for the self-driving car rides will be available on the Seoul website (http://seoul.go.kr) and TOPIS website (http://topis.seoul.go.kr/) starting June 3 on a first come, first served basis.

Seoul will officially open the Sangam Self-driving Testbed in mid-July 2019, open the Self-driving Center to private businesses, and begin trial operations for the 5G self-driving bus.




Trial Run of “S-Taxi” App Opens for Citizens to Pick and Ride Available Taxis

On June 1, 2019, Seoul will begin a trial operation of the Seoul Taxi App, “S-Taxi.” This application will apply the concept of expanding from the basic, offline use of empty and available taxis to an online form.

The Seoul Taxi App was developed to stay true to the basics of citizens calling for taxis, but it differs in the process of passengers choosing their destinations while allowing drivers to choose passengers. This app will not induce competitiveness, but rather will play a role of supplementation. It is anticipated that the app will broaden the scope of choice for citizens who need taxis and made the use of taxis more convenient.

Seoul will form a citizen committee for participation by businesses and citizens, provide data from monitored trial operations to the citizen committee, and seek ways for more a convenient use of the app that produces win-win results for both citizens and drivers.

During the trial operation period (starting June 1, 2019), the app will only be available through Android-based smartphones with a download of the Seoul Taxi App, “S-Taxi.”

S-Taxi - 서울 택시승차앱 설치 페이지 및 사용 화면

Unlike the public call app available through smartphones to taxi drivers, the Seoul Taxi App will offer services through a taxi payment machine, and taxi drivers can easily use the services through a user agreement that does not require a separate download.




23 Airport Buses Lower Fees by KRW 1,000 for Transportation Cards

Starting May 22, 2019, 23 of Seoul’s premium airport limousine bus lines will lower their fees by KRW 1,000 with the use of transportation cards.

With the use of a transportation card, discounted rates will be applied to ticketing for the RF terminals at Incheon International Airport, as well as when tapping transportation cards upon boarding the airport buses. However, discounts will not be applied for bus fees paid in cash and the existing fee will be applied.

Inquiries
Airport Limousine: 82-2-2664-9898
Seoul Airport Limousine: 82-2-577-1343
City Airport, Logis & Travel, Korea: 82-2-551-0077

【Airport Bus Fee Changes (Effective May 22, 2019)】

Airport Bus Fee Changes table
Company Route Type Route No. First & Last Stops Payment Method Fee Adjustment
Before Change After Change
Airport Limousine
(8 routes)
Premium 6001 Incheon Airport · Dongdaemun Transportation card
(cash)
KRW 14,000
(KRW 15,000)
KRW 13,000
(KRW 15,000)
6005 Incheon Airport · Insa-dong
6010 Incheon Airport · Wangsimni
6015 Incheon Airport · Myeong-dong Station
6017 Incheon Airport · Hoam Faculty House of Seoul National Univ.
6018 Incheon Airport · Sindorim D-Cube City
6019 Incheon Airport · Naebang Station
6030 Incheon Airport · Capital Hotel
Seoul Airport Limousine
(11 routes)
6006 Mongchontoseong Station · Incheon Airport
6009 Ilwon-dong · Incheon Airport
6020 Yeoksam Station · Incheon Airport
6200 Hwangsan · Incheon Airport
6300 Godeok Station · Incheon Airport
6500 The-K Hotel Seoul · Incheon Airport
6600 Godeok Station · Incheon Airport
6006-1 Mongchontoseong Station · Incheon Airport T1
6009-1 Ilwon-dong · Incheon Airport T1
6020-1 Yeoksam Station · Incheon Airport T1
6300-1 Godeok Station · Incheon Airport T1
City Airport
(4 routes)
6101 Surak Terminal · Incheon Airport
6100 Mangu Station · Incheon Airport Transportation card
(cash)
KRW 15,000
(KRW 16,000)
KRW 14,000
(KRW 16,000)
6102 Sungrye Elementary School · Incheon Airport
6103 City Airport · Incheon Airport



Traffic Control at Jongno During the “2019 Yeon Deung Hoe”

With the opening of the 2019 Yeon Deung Hoe (Lotus Lantern Festival), Seoul will close off all lanes from the Sejong-daero Intersection to the Heunginjimun Gate, and Jangchungdan-ro, in stages, from 1:00 p.m. on May 4 to 3:00 a.m. on May 5, 2019 for the lantern parade and movement of movable Jongno Central Bus Stop.

※ Plans for Traffic Control

Plans for Traffic Control
Control Day and Time Control Sections Control Method
May 4 1:00 p.m. – May 5, 3:00 a.m. Jongno (Heunginjimun Gate ↔ Jongno 1-ga) Complete control of both sides of the streets
5.4 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Jangchungdan-ro (in front of Dongguk Univ. ↔Heunginjimun Gate)
5.4 6:00 p.m. – May 5, 1:00 a.m. Jongno (Sejong-daero intersection ↔ Jongno 1-ga intersection)
Ujeongguk-ro (Anguk intersection ↔ Jongno 1-ga intersection)
May 5 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. (midnight) Ujeongguk-ro (Anguk intersection ↔ Jongno 1-ga intersection)

“Yeon Deung Hoe” (Lotus Lantern Festival), National Intangible Cultural Heritage No. 122, will open throughout Jogyesa Temple on Ujeongguk-ro and in Jongno for three days, from May 3 – 5, 2019. This year, Seoul will host the “Exhibition of Traditional Lanterns (along Cheonggyecheon Stream),” “Eoulim Madang (Dongguk Univ.),” “Lantern Parade (throughout Jongno),” “Hoehyang Hanmadang (Jonggak Intersection),” and other various cultural events.

Yeon Deung Hoe is Korea’s traditional cultural lantern festival that has been passed down for 1,200 years from Unified Silla. It was designated as National Intangible Cultural Heritage No. 122 in 2012. Additionally, the Yeon Deung Hoe Preservation Committee has sponsored Yeon Deung Hoe while training successors in order to pass down and preserve Yeon Deung Hoe, and opening traditional lantern production classes, international symposiums, and more.

The main event, “Lantern Parade,” will take place on May 4 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., starting at Heunginjimun Gate and ending at Jogyesa Temple. This year’s parade will take place with the theme, “Lighting Up Seoul with a Parade of 100,000 Lanterns.” Anyone can participate in the Lantern Parade and watch the parade from viewing sections installed along Jongno.

At the end of the Lantern Parade, between 9:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on May 4, the Hoehyang Hanmadang will take place at the Jonggak Intersection. Those who participate in the Lantern Parade can join together to enjoy flowers raining from the sky, along with Ganggangsulae, Daedong Nori, and more.

On May 5, there will be 120 booths of traditional cultural events in front of Jogyesa Temple. These events will consist of various experiential programs for children and the whole family in light of Children’s Day.

Seoul will be running inspections of facilities related to the Jongno central bus lanes and carry out Jongno Central Bus Station movement work for safe operation of the Lantern Parade. These preventative measures will be taken as large-scale participation by various age groups, from young children to the old and weak, is expected in this year’s Lantern Parade.

Bus routes that pass through Jongno will be in operation, but will be making detours. Those wishing to move through Jongno will need to stop at a nearby bus stop and walk or take the subway, as bus stops in the parade section will be closed.




Introduction of “Low-Floor Bus” Phone Reservations for Transportation of Wheelchair Users and Mobility Impaired Individuals

Seoul will begin use of the “Low-Floor Bus Reservation System” starting April 1 (Mon.). This system allows for mobility impaired individuals, such as those using wheelchairs, to easily board and get off city buses, while alerting bus drivers in advance the stops at which these individuals will be boarding through a phone reservation service.
The “low-floor buses” do not have boarding stairs, and instead have low frames with slopes that allow for the boarding of wheelchairs and strollers. The buses have two foldable, reserved seats for mobility impaired individuals.

The “Low-floor Bus Reservation System” is a system in which a user can directly call the bus transportation company while waiting at the bus stop and make a reservation to book a bus of choice. This system will be applied to all 3,366 low-floor buses in operation throughout Seoul. Originally, information on low-floor buses was only available through the Bus Information Terminals (BIT) or the Seoul TOPIS app, but there were cases in which the driver and user’s inability to communicate resulted in the passing by of the waiting passenger or failure to board buses due to different boarding locations.

Bus drivers who receive reservation messages can check the locations of the mobility impaired in order to assist them in boarding safely, in guiding them to their designated seats, and in helping them disembark at their destinations.

Reservations for the low floor-bus can be made at all times excluding rush hour times (07:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m./6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.) and late-night hours (12:00 a.m.-).

To increase the convenience of bus use for mobility impaired individuals, Seoul plans to increase the number of low-floor buses from the current 47% to 65% on running bus routes by 2021, and up to 100% by 2025. The reservation system will also be applied to low-floor buses that are added in the future.




Introduction of “IoT-based Shared Parking Service” in Residential Green Parking Lots

Seoul’s “Green Parking” project, in which walls in residential areas are torn down to make room for local parking lots, will introduce a real-time parking space sharing system that applies IoT (Internet of Things) technologies in the name of progress. Before, the Green Parking project’s focus was on expanding the number of places to park. Now, it will aim at sharing these newly acquired parking spaces with others to earn more money and relieve residential parking congestion.

The real-time IoT-based parking space sharing system puts IoT sensors underneath parking spaces to monitor parking availability in real time. Users can use the public parking space sharing app to check for Green Parking spaces nearby, make reservations, and pay.

For this project, Seoul will be regularly recruiting participants, who will take part in the real-time parking space sharing system, through the appropriate departments in each autonomous district. Selected households can receive full support for fees related to sensor installation.

By introducing this shared parking system to Green Parking lots, the city expects to resolve parking related problems in residential areas, create a sense of community between neighbors who lacked communication before due to all the walls, and contribute to the formation of a parking space sharing culture.

Seoul created 55,381 parking spaces between 2004 and 2018 through the Green Parking project. Residents who got parking spaces through Green Parking have shown a positive reaction and the city and autonomous districts have seen reductions in illegal alleyway parking thanks to these improvements in the circumstances of parking, and it was done at one-ninth the cost of creating off-street parking spaces.




Seoul Introduces the Country’s First AI-based Taxi Demand Forecasting

Together with Korea Smart Card, Seoul will introduce the country’s first ‘AI Taxi System’ which grafts the AI technology of the Fourth Industrial Revolution onto Seoul taxis. The system is a new attempt that gathers taxi drivers to areas in which taxi demand is expected to be high. It is anticipated that this will improve the imbalance of supply and demand, which was one factor that made it difficult to catch a taxi.

The ‘AI Taxi System’ added even those variables that influence the demand for taxi such as the weather forecast, demographics, business districts, and public transportation information, etc. to taxi boarding history data obtained through the Seoul Taxi Information System (STIS) as a means of improving accuracy.

Seoul has been administering the AI Taxi System through a trial operation with five companies and 380 taxis from November 2018. The system will be improved based on actual feedback from this operation with plans to extend the project to all taxis in Seoul.

The AI taxi classifies areas of Seoul into 100m by 100m zones and predicts taxi demand in each relevant zone. The information will be shown on Android-based taxi payment card readers to help taxi drivers easily move to areas of high taxi demand.

Seoul plans to carry out continuous monitoring with the occurrence of a significant variable of taxi fare adjustment which was implemented on February 16, and it will take feedback from the trial run operation staff to supplement the system, make careful examination to see if there are any side effects that passengers may have experienced, and gradually expand distribution of the system.




Seoul to Operate Automatically Allocated Call Taxis and Female-Only Taxis

In mid-February 2019, at the earliest, female-only taxis and automatically allocated call taxis that do not have the option of choosing passengers will be made available to citizens in Seoul.
The names of the taxis for this service will be ‘Waygo Blue Taxis’ for automatically allocated taxis that cannot choose passengers, and ‘Waygo Lady Taxis’ for female-only reservation call taxis.

The ‘Waygo Blue Taxis’ will be automatically assigned to a passenger once a call is made with a vehicle nearest to the passenger. The driver cannot know the destination of the passenger until the passenger is picked up and cannot refuse the ride. This is the first case where it is structurally impossible for taxi drivers to pick and drive passengers of choice.

To prepare for cases in which a taxi picks and drives a passenger, the city will prepare a monitoring system with the Seoul Taxi Information System (STIS). Daily state of operations, fare records, and user evaluation scores can be monitored through STIS.
Both passengers and drivers of the female-only reservation call taxis ‘Waygo Lady Taxis’ will be women. However, young male elementary school students will be allowed in the taxis. Starting with the trial service period, the service will offer baby and infant car seats for the first time in the country. Through monitoring during the trial service period, adding junior car seats will be examined in the future, and applying the same additions to ‘Waygo Blue Taxis’ will also be examined.

The ‘Waygo Lady Taxis’ will begin its trial service with 20 vehicles which will eventually be expanded to 500 vehicles by 2020 and to 1,000 drivers to contribute to the creation of jobs for females. Both the Waygo Blue and Waygo Lady taxis will undertake a three-month trial period following their launch. Taxi fares and additional service fares during the trial period will be appropriated and graded to between KRW 2,000-3,000 per time slot.

Seoul plans to launch various additional services in phases including pet transportation taxis, freight transportation and errand taxis, senior welfare taxis, etc. to strengthen the competitiveness of taxi services.

<Reference Photo – Waygo Blue Taxi (plan)>




Increased Convenience with Happy Box Lockers at Seoul’s Subway Stations

The Happy Box, which grafts IoT technology to easy and convenient lockers that are inexpensive compared to existing lockers, was first introduced in 152 stations on subway lines 5-8 in 2015. Happy Boxes were then installed in all stations of lines 1-4 by September 2018.

Happy Boxes were newly installed with an emphasis on improved user convenience. With the expansion of Happy Boxes to 277 subway stations, users can now utilize the lockers for storage or parcel pick-ups at all stations without the need to search for available lockers in advance. There are lockers of varying sizes, including large lockers for luggage for convenient use by travelers.

The usage fee was lowered to ease the burden on users. The small locker that cost KRW 4,000 for a six-hour use lowered 25% of the fee to KRW 3,000.

In response to an increased use of Happy Boxes to a monthly average of 120,000 users, Seoul reinforced its staff to offer stable services and the Call Back system was introduced to improve the customer response rate.

The unmanned locker service is highly recognized overseas for its application of advanced technology and the use of public transportation like subways and trains as a logistics network. The United Kingdom’s global media group Time Out published a post on ‘Six things you didn’t know about the Seoul subway,’ in which it introduced Happy Boxes and the use of advanced technology to set a password with a mobile phone and access payment information.

<Happy Box Photos>