CAN THO, 9 February 2017: Can Tho’s Department of Transport says the city will provide a cycle rental services on a pilot basis for visitors.
The trial run will continue to the end of the year when an evaluation of the project will take place.
Local media quoted the department deputy director, Le Tien Dung, saying the rentals will be located at Luu Huu Phuoc, Ninh Kieu and Song Hau parks and Cai Khe Islet, popular spots for both domestic and international travellers.
A private company will invest in the project without any government support. It will have to provide stations where the cycles will be available to visitors who pay a fee. The process will be automated.
Users can pick up at one spot and drop off cycles at another by parking them in the parking slots that are secured with a locking device.
The city will provide spaces for the cycles to park. To ensure cycles are not stolen they will be equipped with GPS tracking devices.
The city hopes that if the project is popular it will ultimately help to reduce traffic in the town centre. The first bicycle rental service will operate in Luu Huu Phuoc Park.
This year, Can Tho forecasts it will welcome 5.6 million tourists.
Last year, the city recorded 5.3 million visitors, including 22,600 foreigners, an increase of 14% over 2015.
Can Tho is the fourth largest city in Vietnam, and the largest in the Mekong Delta. The Mekong River empties into the South China Sea through an extensive network of waterways in the Mekong Delta region that lies southwest of Ho Chi Minh City.
The region includes 13 provinces or municipalities: Can Tho; An Giang; Bac Lieu; Ben Tre; Ca Mau; Dong Thap; Hau Giang; kien Giang; Long An; Soc Trang; Tien Giang; Tra Vinh; and Vinh Long.