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China bike-sharing boosts green goals

Updated: Sep 17, 2022 Xinhua Print
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Maintenance workers arrange Meituan shared bikes that use the Beidou navigation system outside a subway station in Beijing this month. WANG GUIBIN/FOR CHINA DAILY

BEIJING - China's popular bike-sharing is helping achieve the country's green goals as the pedaling activity contributes to carbon reduction.

Over the past year, users of shared bicycles and e-bikes via internet platform Meituan have saved 436,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide by cycling, the company said in a report released ahead of World Cycling Day.

Some 500 users' cycling helped cut over one tonne of carbon dioxide each, equivalent to a total cycling mileage of some 20,000 km per person, the report said.

The report said cycling is getting increasingly trendy across the country. In Beijing, Meituan shared bike users completed a total cycling mileage of 850 million km, helping cut 41,100 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

In 2021, China's output of bicycles reached 76.397 million units, up 1.5 percent year on year. E-bicycle production totaled 45.511 million units, climbing 10.3 percent compared with 2020, according to the China Bicycle Association.

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