Sharing Bike Economy
YouBike is a kind of sharing economy. The best thing about YouBike is that it can make perfect bike-sharing under the sharing of disasters that occur all over the world. You may not feel it in Taiwan, but the powerful design will let you be in it without knowing you are in it. YouBike seamlessly integrates into citizens' lives, and this is one of the indicators that YouBike is doing well. Isn't it?
The general reputation of "shared bicycles" in the world is not good, especially the accompanying problems of road blockage and destruction. Taipei City is the 100th city in the world with shared bicycles. It was officially launched on the road in 2012. In the past six years, many “shared” companies have not managed well, but Taipei has achieved the highest turnover rate in the world.
According to official data, one YouBike serves an average of 12 people per day, and its operation rate is 2 to 3 times that of New York, London, and Paris. In fact, this high-efficiency system that the whole world is vying to learn lost 50 million Taiwan dollars in the first three years of operation, but in the fourth year it created a miracle, turned a loss into a profit, and its annual revenue exceeded 100 million Taiwan dollars. Repaying the 15% construction fund of the Taipei City Government has become an innovative service miracle. It is expected that in 2019, the Taipei City Government can also use YouBike to receive 300 million yuan in construction funds.
Just as many regions are facing "sharing disasters" and sharing product companies continue to close at a loss, how did this miraculous Taiwanese wisdom develop?
How does Taiwan's YouBike become number one in the world?
YouBike's operator "GIANT Machinery" is also a well-known bicycle brand in Taiwan. At the beginning of the year, it was piloted at 11 sites with 500 vehicles in Xinyi District. It lost 15 million in the first three years. Until the second phase of signing at the end of December 2011, Huge Machinery had considered whether to renew the contract, because the situation of miserable compensation made them deterred.
However, with the support of the Taipei City Government, the two sides continued to discuss and communicate and finally set up 162 stations in the second phase, serving the citizens with 5,350 vehicles. The Taipei City Government promised to provide two years of subsidies for the first 30 minutes of bicycle use and to renew the relevant discounts in 2014. With the support of the municipal government's policy, YouBike has become popular as a public bicycle model. Moreover, YouBike itself has many incomparable advantages over other shared bicycles.
As of July 2018, Youbike's total number of rides has exceeded 200 million, and the service coverage has increased to 8 areas, including Taipei, New Taipei, Hsinchu, Miaoli, Taoyuan, Changhua, Taichung, and Hsinchu Industrial Park.
Durable and convenient design, it can also be self-powered
When designing YouBike, Huge Machinery investigated many countries that have implemented public bicycles. YouBike’s design, including the seat cushion, can be easily adjusted in height; thicker tires and double-layer rims make the wheels wear-resistant and durable; the design of 24 inches in front of the wheels and 26 inches in the rear allows users of different body types to easily balance their bodies; The new chain design ensures that the three-stage inner gear chain will not drop; when the bicycle is stepped on, it can generate electricity by itself and supply the headlights to light up.
Regular inspections greatly reduce the failure rate of the car
In many cities with shared bicycles, parking, repair, and maintenance are the main management issues. For example, for shared bicycles in Hong Kong, the outsource is responsible for transporting and collecting the bicycles, and then returning them to the outsourced repair shop for maintenance. The failure rate is high, and there is no fixed place to park, causing serious management problems.
YouBike has taken a team to investigate in cities such as Paris and found that problems such as the high rate of car failures and lack of cars on the station are the biggest concerns of users. Therefore, in the planning of YouBike, fixed parking points are used and professional maintenance teams are hired. A total of more than 30 people led by two senior car repairers started to adjust the brakes and tires of the vehicle station by the station from 7:30 in the morning. YouBike stipulates that every bike must be inspected at least once every two weeks, and the condition of the bike is monitored by the system. A bike that has been ridden 100 times will be locked by the system and waited for by maintenance personnel for routine maintenance.
Combining with EasyCard, save red tape and ensure personal safety
In order to ensure the condition and quality of the vehicle, YouBike has developed a real-time monitoring system so that employees can grasp the usage status of each vehicle and ensure safety; YouBike adopts a 24-hour shift scheduling, arranging 24-hour shifts, and assigning vehicle scheduling to vehicles Large volume locations to ensure the supply of vehicles.
In addition, YouBike can be used only by registering an EasyCard or iPASS Card, eliminating the need to download APP, electronic online payment, and online recharging for most shared bicycles. There is no need to worry about personal data and bank information leaking through the APP, which is safe and convenient.
Not only is the quality of YouBike higher than the international standard, but the theft rate is also lower than that of all advanced cities in history
In addition to services and cheap fees, YouBike's bicycle chain requirements are very high, requiring a riding distance of more than 12,000 kilometers within 6 months. In order to meet this requirement, YouBike has changed the metal composition of the chain to make its rally load higher than the international standard. 12%, and with a special coating, the anti-rust effect is increased by 5 times.
YouBike’s theft rate is 0.38%, the lowest in the world on record (1.25% in London and 20% in Paris). In addition to showing the high standards of Taipei citizens, it is also related to the "anti-prank lock" developed by YouBike. Giant and REAL, who are in charge of research and development, said that YouBike combined mechanical, electronic, and RFID sensing functions of the lock. It took nearly two years to develop the lock. The combination of the cylinder lock and the parking chain lock can ensure safety and prevent pranks.
Commonwealth Magazine once commented: "YouBike is not an ordinary bicycle. Behind it is the wisdom and superb technology of the bicycle industry in Taiwan for half a century. From tires, transmissions, small to a lock, it is all parts of Taiwan. With the ambition to strive for the world's number one, we will not hesitate to work together to develop products. YouBike is not only the world's number one public bicycle but also a testing ground for Taiwan's bicycle industry to find new growth momentum."
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