The Taipei City Government’s Department of Transportation yesterday said it will adopt a progressive pricing scheme for the YouBike bicycle sharing system, which will require people who use the bikes for longer periods pay a higher price.
Chinese-language media reported that a man posted a photograph of himself with a YouBike in the Wuling (武嶺) mountain area — which is 3,275m above sea level and the highest point on the nation’s highway system — on Facebook, which sparked public discussion about whether his actions constituted destruction of public goods.
During a interview yesterday, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said that the man’s trip on a YouBike proved the quality and performance of the bikes, so the public can feel safe riding them.
However, the YouBike is not designed to be used on difficult moutain roads, he said, adding that he hopes citizens will cherish the YouBike.
The transportation department said the man rented the YouBike for about 41 hours, but the bikes are intended for short-term use between closely spaced rental stations in the city.
It said people should only rent the bikes for short periods of time, allowing more to make use of the system.
In order to avoid extended use of the YouBike, the department and the operating company will refer to the pricing methods in other countries and adopt a progressive pricing scheme that will not harm the rights and benefits of the majority of users, but will make people who use the bikes for longer periods pay more.