SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA, July 23, 2018 – According to the road traffic law revised in March 2018, every citizen should wear a safety helmet when riding a bicycle from September 28.
In this regard, the Seoul Metropolitan Facilities Management Corporation has started its one-month pilot helmet rental program starting from July 20 for those who rent a Ttareungi, the city’s public bicycle, in the neighborhood of Yeouido.
A total of 500 safety helmets are prepared for the rental service free of charge at 30 public bike stations in Yeouido, where has the highest rental rate of Ttareungi during the rush hours. 400 out of 500 helmets are placed in the bicycle’s baskets, and the remaining 100 helmets are in a total of six storage cabinets that are found at five stations.
The helmet used in this program weighs about 250 grams, and is designed and colored in green, white, and gray – the three colors of Seoul public bike. The safety reflective tape is attached in the back of the helmet for night riding.
Without additional rental procedures, anyone can use the helmet just by getting it out of a bicycle basket or storage cabinet. Those who would like to return it outside the Yeouido area may leave the helmet back into the basket.
For the one-month pilot period, the Seoul Metropolitan Facilities Management Corporation will overview and analyze how many citizens use the helmet, how many helmets are lost or damaged and how users are satisfied with this rental service before it begins its full-scale operations throughout the city.