SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, March 21, 2018 – Officially launched two years ago, Seoul’s public bicycle Ttareungi is becoming a general means of daily transportation used by the citizens.
According to the Seoul Metropolitan Facilities Management Corporation, the operating organization of Ttareungi, the number of its memberships has exceeded 620,000 as of March 20, 2018.
The average number of users a day during March this year has more than doubled from the same period last year (4,800 users in March 2017 vs 11,300 in March 2018). 38 percent of the users were found to use the public bicycle especially during the weekday rush hours – 13 percent between 6am and 9am in the morning, and 25 percent between 6pm and 9pm in the evening.
The details are as follows:
By time: the average number of users a day during the weekday was 13,301, while the number during the weekend was 12,584. The peak time slot during the weekday turned out to be from 6pm to 9pm, which accounted for 25 percent. Meanwhile, 18 percent (2,386) of the users used the public bike from 9pm to 12am, and 13 percent (1,716) used it from 6am to 9am.
By month: the month with the greatest number of the users was September (889,877, 16%), followed by October (863,105, 16%), August (540,559, 10%), and June (536,707, 10%).
By region: the neighborhood with the biggest number of the users was Mapo-gu (781,594, 16%), followed by Yeongdeunpo-gu (653,789, 13%), Jongno-gu (487,342, 10%), Seongdong-gu (377,068, 7%) and Seodaemun-gu (310,396, 6%).
By age: those in their 20s to 40s were found to account for 85% of the total users, and the users over 50s have increased to 8 percent in 2017 from 6 percent in 2016. Male users (63%) are more than female users (37%).
Based on this statistical analysis, the Seoul Metropolitan Facilities Management Corporation plans to stage safety campaigns at major rental stations in cooperation with the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, and invites Ttareungi supporters to encourage the users to wear helmets and other protective gears.
The Corporation will also introduce the “bike life time grading system” within this year, so that it is allowed to grade all of the public bicycles and replace them if they are old enough and they need to be repaired.