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Q: How do you rent a public bike in Beijing?

Have seen a number of public bike rental spots but have no idea how you actually rent them. Any tips?

7 years 24 weeks ago in  Transport & Travel - Beijing

 
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Natooke has bike rentals available. They even provide fixed gear.  They're also very affordable. Like 20rmb a day.

 

www.natooke.com

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Not sure where in Beijing you live. But in the area I live they have bike racks on the sidewalk with public bikes. There's a machine next to the bike racks and you just swipe a card and it unlocks the lock on the bike. When you return it you just swipe the card again.

 

So no need to interact with people or anything.

 

I shouldn't say this to people cause it's a bit "wrong". But on this bike racks if you just check every bike theres usually one or two with the lock broken and you can just take it. In my apartment complex alone I see like 10 "rented" bikes that have just been sitting there for months on end from people who just took them for free and never returned them lol. .... I know i know it's wrong, but if you need a bike for the day and don't feel like paying it seems like everyone in my neighborhood does this Oups

i've seen this enough now in my area that if you see one of these yellow bikes parked anywhere with no lock on it it's pretty much expected you can just take it because someone just left it there after never paying for it. seems like everywhere I look now I see these yellow rental bikes all over the place without locks on them

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I think you can usually rent them in hairdressers and foot spa places.

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According to the info posted on the meter it's roughly like this: You use the blue transportation card to rent a bike.  The card needs to have 200 or more RMB on it.  You swipe your card at the meter and choose a bike number and this unlocks that bike.  You can then use the bike for an hour for free or return later to any bike station and I think the cost is a few RMB per hour. (I haven't tried this myself.  I was geared up to try it then they moved all the bikes from sanlitun for road construction.  )

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As a foreigner,you need to offer your passport ,municipal public transport (with the mark of "C"),and a deposit about 200 RMB.It's used for free within one hour after renting in each time,and it costs 1 RMB per hour after that.The maximum cost is 10 RMB for 24 hours.If you don't return the bike in three days,your name will be  in the blacklist and it will affect the future usage.

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http://www.beijingbikeshare.com/how-to.html

 

 

To obtain a "Beijing Public Bike Rental Card", you need to bring your passport and a "Beijing Public Transport IC card" (with more than 30 RMB on the balance) to one of the following offices. The deposit for a bike is 400 RMB. The first hour is free, subsequent hours are 1 RMB/hour, maximum 10 hours/day. 

The five offices are located at :

1. subway TianTan DongMen (east gate, Temple of Heaven) station (line 5), exit A2

2. subway DongZhiMen (line 2), exit A

3. subway ChaoYangMen (line 2),exit A

4. BeiSanLi residential district, 100m to the north along XinDong rd. from intersection between XinDong rd. and GongTiBei rd.

5. 250m to the east along NongZhanGuan north rd. from the intersection between NongZhanGuan north rd. and ChaoYang Park rd.

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Great information Beijiingbiker1, just one question -- what kind of bikes are these?  And what kind of condition are they in?

 

Thanks again for the really helpful info!

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