Seoul City said it plans to launch a pilot test for a bicycle rental system in Aug. 2011 that will enable residents to rent bikes with a credit card in the areas of Yeouido, Ttukseom, Banpo and the Hangang (River) Park.
The “Hangang Bicycle Rental System,” which has been operating since March 2000, has been seeking to improve convenience and operational efficiency for the public. The upcoming pilot test will cover two bicycle rental shops at the Yeouido Hangang Park, one at the Banpo Hangang Park, and one at the Ttukseom Hangang Park. Seoul currently has 12 bike rental shops at 11 parks around the city.
The Hangang Bicycle Rental System is not meant to serve as a major transportation means but rather for providing means of a recreational activity and a tourism program, Seoul City said. It highlighted that the latest pilot project will test the diverse transaction options, such as through credit cards, transportation cards and cash for the public, as well as help gauge the rental volume and revenue in real-time through an RFID card.