In recent decades, phenomena such as climate anomaly and soaring price of gasoline have appeared owing to global warming and energy shortage, and such phenomena have drawn the world’s attention on environmental protection and sustainable development. Therefore, green policies related to carbon reduction, energy saving and enrivonmental protection have gradually become key evaluation items of government’s policy performance. Since motor vehicles (such as cars and motorcycles) have become the prime cause of air pollution and energy consumption, bicycles, in comparison to motor vehicles, have thus become the “green mode” of transportation actively promoted by goverments in each country because of their zero energy consumption and zero pollution strengths, plus their functionalities related to exercising, recreation, commuting, and transferring.
With an aim to promote bicycles as a short-term transfer transportation mode, the Bureau of Transportation of Tainan City Government have initiated the program of “2015 Tainan City T-Bike Public Bicycle Rental System – Construction and Operation;” it is expected that with the integration of Tainan City public transportation system, the network of bike paths, and T-Bike rental sites, citizens will be encouraged to use the low-pollution and low-energy consumption public bicycles as a short-term transfer transportation mode, and thus decrease and transfer the ownership and usage of private motor vehicles. The ultimate target is to improve traffic jams in urban areas, reduce pollution, cut down on energy consumption and complete the “last mile” of public transportation service. With the program, Tainan City Government actively promote unmanned public bicycle system, and wish to implement an automated public bicycle rental system which provides 24-hour simple rent/return service all year round. Tainan City Government envisions that with the implementation of the system, bikes can be a part of citizens’ daily life, as well as a new and easy mode of transportation in Tainan City, no matter it is for commuting, exercising or sight-seeing. In addition, when citizens or tourists roam in Tainan City with T-Bikes, they can leisurely enjoy the unique cultural attrations along the way, and experience the beauty of a low-carbon and liveable Tainan City.