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Following a recent string of bike related government initiatives, including free bike trials in Shanghai’s Minhang district, Shanghai’s Forever Bicycle Company is introducing a new bike rental system in an ambitious plan to show off a modern Chinese bike-friendly society during the May 2010 Shanghai Expo.

Currently located in Xuhui, one of China’s most central districts, there are nine such bike rental hot-spots. A representative from Forever indicates that in Xuhui District alone, there will be 40 or more of these bike rental locations by the time the Shanghai Expo begins. However, by 2012, Forever hopes to have more than 3500 bike rental hubs spread across Shanghai’s vast city landscape at a cost of over 400 million yuan.

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