Bike sharing is a hot topic matter regardless whether considering domestic or overseas markets. It has been touted as one of the China’s four new great inventions recently considering the convenience it has brought to people’s lives.
Riding Mobikes through Guangzhou [Photo provided to Newsgd.com]
And bike sharing again became a focal point during the World Cities Day workshop being held in Guangzhou from Oct.31 to Nov. 3. With the theme of smart transportation, the workshop gathers urban planning scholars and practitioners discussing cutting-edge technology and peer experience.
Dr. Lee Munnich, Senior Researcher of University of Minnesota is one of them.
“I first came to Guangzhou in 2010 for a workshop on congestion. My daughter thought it was about bike congestion, because when she studied here in 1989, bikes were everywhere,” said Dr. Munnich,“but I didn't see many bikes back in 2010, and we actually dealt with car congestion during that workshop.'
'And now, I’m surprised shared bikes are so popular here in this highly urbanized city,” he said, “I think bike sharing is a very creative way to manage congestion through making use of technology.”