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Seoul’s public bike rental system named favorite public service

Seoul’s bike-sharing service was picked as the city’s most-liked public service of the year, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said Sunday.

Seoul's public bike rental service
Seoul's public bike rental service "Ttareungyi" (Seoul Metropolitan Government)

Over 121,900 citizens voted online and offline to choose their favorite public service or policy of the year, among some 30 services or projects that the city government has either promoted or newly launched in 2017. 

Seoul Public Bike, or “Ttareungyi” in Korean from the sound of a bike bell ringing, received 13,292 votes, or 7.4 percent of the votes cast, topping the list.

Launched in 2015, the service allows citizens as well as foreigners to rent a bike from 1,028 rental stands across the city. Presently, there are over 11,600 bikes offered in the system. The city government plans to expand that to 20,000 bikes and 1,290 docking stations by year’s end. 

The city government’s project to renovate old and unpleasant restrooms at schools came in second, followed by the opening of the oil storage-turned-cultural complex in Mapo-gu, west of Seoul. 

A total of 121,929 people participated in the vote from Nov. 15 to Dec. 12. 

By Kim Da-sol (
Korea Herald daum