Riders using dockless bikes reduced car journeys worth $2.6 billion in hours lost to congestion, said China’s vice transport minister.
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According to China’s vice transport minister riders using dockless bikes have reduced car journeys worth $2.6 billion in hours lost to congestion.
This tallies with reports from Asian financial analysts that China’s bike-share boom is reducing car use in cities and even leading to forecasts that less fossil fuel will be burned in the future.
Release-by-app GPS-trackable modem-equipped dockless bike share bikes are cheap and simple to use, attracting newbies to cycling, some of them getting out of cars.
Liu Xiaoming, vice minister of the Ministry of Transportation, made the comments about dockless bikes in a speech on Saturday.
There are more than 23 million dockless, or “free floating,” bike-share bicycles in Chinese cities. There were next to none three years ago. There are multiple Asian operators aiming to take their slice of the growing pie, but two stand out: Mobike and Ofo. Both are now also scaling up in the US and Europe.
Demand for car use and fossil fuels is expected to stagnate by 2025, reports Reuters. This is mostly down to the emergence of electric cars and improved public transport, but the “last mile” efficiencies of bike-share bikes is getting them noticed by analysts.
China’s petrol demand is expected to peak as early as 2025, according to state-owned China National Petroleum Corp.
“There used to be long queues of taxis waiting for customers outside train stations, but I don’t see them anymore,” said a Beijing analyst, who took part in a Reuters survey of bike-share users.