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Taipei to offer bike rentals in upmarket district

Taipei to offer bike rentals in upmarket district

Taipei, Jan. 21 (CNA) The Taipei city government said Wednesday that it has invited Giant Manufacturing Co. -- the world's largest bicycle maker -- to set up bicycle rental outlets in the city's upmarket business district around Taipei 101, the world's tallest occupied building.
According to officials at the city government's Department of Transportation, Giant will be allowed to set up 11 rental points within the district in March to offer a total of 500 bicycles for people to get around in the area or to connect with bus services.
The officials said all the bicycles will be custom-made by Giant.
The bikes will be brightly colored, will have three speeds, and will be fitted with disc brakes on both the front and back wheels. They will be difficult to disassemble, and Giant will not put this particular model on sale, the officials added.
Customers will be required to use a credit card or the city's EasyCard to rent a bike. The first 30 minutes of rental will be free, and the rate for additional use will be set at NT$10 for every 15 minutes.
The system will allow for bikes to be rented at one location and returned at a different point. If the bike is stolen, the renter will be required to pay NT$1,500 (US$45) in compensation, provided he or she could prove that the theft was reported to police within seven days. Otherwise, the compensation fee will be NT$3,000.
(By Han Nai-kuo)