Lanzhou, China’s Bike Share Expands to BRT Corridor

Six months after the system opened, Lanzhou, China’s bike share program has met its goal of extending coverage to the city’s BRT corridor. One of China’s best bike shares, the system has impressed city residents with its convenience, accessibility, and comfort. The system has been rapidly adding stations and bikes since opening, improving network coverage and density. The latest expansions, which surround the BRT corridor, have the added benefit of allowing easy transfers between transit modes. Popular and simple to use, the Lanzhou bike share is making it easier to avoid car use.

The capital of Gansu Province and a highly visible Western Chinese city, Lanzhou launched its bike share system in June 2014, marking a key step forward for sustainable transportation in the city. The program was the first time the city had adopted such an aggressively pro-bicycle measure, and the system is being rolled out on a large scale. After opening an innovative and successful BRT in early 2013, bike share offered another accessible form of alternative transportation to city residents. Originally opening with 100 stations and 2,000 bikes in the downtown Chenguan District, the system’s rapid expansion has allowed thousands of users to start cycling through the city, with most of the system’s users being new cyclists. Today, the system operates with 240 stations and 4,000 bikes, with an planned increase to 383 stations and 9,880 bikes by the end of the year. In a city with chronic and worsening traffic concerns, the availability of new modes of transit is critical to reducing car use and improving mobility.