Seoul, the future capital of cycling in Asia

Seoul, the capital of South Korea, has taken the lead in cycling in the Asian Continent and aims at improving the modal share of bicycles to 10% by 2020. Korea already provides world class bicycle system of hundreds of km of infrastructure that spread across the country.  The entire Riverside Bike Trail system stretches over 1,757 kilometers along the four rivers. In the city of Seoul, a bicycle sharing system has been launched in 2014 to face the challenges of traffic congestion, air pollution, and high oil prices while building a healthier society and enhance the quality of life. The system now has more than 4600 bicycles and has been taken up by its citizens as a way of getting around and escaping traffic jams.

 Seoul A healthy city of bikes A global city of bikes”- bike Seoul

Strategies that the city has taken to engage both citizens and tourists to try out cycling include city tours routes that pass through important neighborhoods. The city also has a program that is called No Driving Day which has reduced traffic by 3.7% and reduced C02 vehicle emissions by 10%. On top of this, the city has added more cycling lanes as well as improved the infrastructure including signalization, bicycle parking stations, above ground transportation elevators, public showers, and more bike sharing stations.

(Source: Bicycle Master Plan, p. 193)

(Source: Bicycle Master Plan, p. 193)

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