Saturday, December 3, 2011

Child-friendly Bike-sharing in Fukutsu

Electric-assist bicycles with child seats recently appeared in a bike-sharing system in Japan as part of the Fukutsu Community Cycle. On September 4, Fukutsu City, in the Fukuoka Prefecture of Japan, launched a one-year bike-share pilot project which will run until August 31, 2012.

The city is managing the project and electric-assisted bicycles were developed by Panasonic and the non-profit Town Mobile Network Kitakyushu, who are also operating the electric-assisted bike-sharing service in Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan (as detailed in The Bike-sharing Blog earlier this year).

The Fukutsu service consists of 30 electric-assisted bikes, four of which have child seats. Users sign up for the service online or at any manned stations. The bikes cost 200 Yen (US $2.60) per day.

Post and photos by Hiroki Nakamura

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