City Bikes Fun
These new city bikes (well… “new-ish”, we have had them around Qingdao for a few months) are really fantastic. You download an app to your phone, and then scan any bike you see, climb on it, and use it for as long as you want. There is a small fee, and it is deducted from your account via the app. There are about three bike companies in Qingdao at the moment, but they all work basically the same way. If you need to walk a certain distance and then jump on a bus, you simply scan out, and leave the bike at the bus stop. Whoever walks by and needs it next, can scan the bike and jump on it. There is also a bike locator built into the app. It will show you all of the available bikes in the area.
This system really has added a modern, and fun, touch to the city of Qingdao. We have have been wanting to go riding along the coast on these bikes but they don’t yet have any with baby/ toddler seats. Justin has however used the bikes a few times for getting to work, and other places.
Let’s Give it a Try!
Eli, who is now talking more and more everyday, spotted one of these bikes the other day. I was at a photo shoot, and the guys were playing in a playground area nearby. Justin decided to he would let Eli stand on a flat-ish area in the middle of the bike, and he would push the bike along slowly. Eli felt like they were riding the bike, and that’s all that really matters. Right?
Just as I was finishing my photo shoot, I received some cute pictures (below left) of Eli’s happy face. Justin told me to meet them at MAAN Coffee, so I started walking in that direction. Since they were moving so slowly, I actually spotted them across the road from me. I snuck up behind them, and watched them having fun. What a happy sight!
Eli had a HUGE GRIN when he saw me!
We certainly love this awesome addition to the city of Qingdao. It has made the city feel more green, modern and pedestrian-friendly! We are patiently waiting to see bikes that are a little more family friendly, but until then, we will enjoy them as they are. Even if it means just pushing Eli along so he was ring the bell, and feel like he is on a big boy bike.