SEOUL, June 22 (Korea Bizwire) — A growing number of people have been using Seoul’s public bicycle service this year following the lifting of social distancing rules.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government reported that usage of the city’s unmanned bike rental service, dubbed Ttaereungyi in Korean, between January and May of this year (14.1 million users) was 38.3 percent higher than the same period last year.
The public bicycles were rented out 8.71 million times between April 18, when social distancing measures were lifted, and June 12, which was 51.3 percent higher than the same period last year.
A majority of 59.1 percent of all Ttaereungyi users were in their 20s and 30s. Ever since schools opened up for offline classes on May 1, Ttaereungyi usage among teenagers jumped by 48.5 percent.
A total of 12,178 foreigners also used the public bicycle service between January and May of this year, more than triple the number from last year.
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