Operation of ‘Porocle’ shared bicycles begins

April 25
A local resident uses a Porocle bicycle from the exclusive port in front of JR Sapporo Station

This year’s operation of the ‘Porocle’ shared-use bicycle service in central Sapporo has begun. Membership registration has increased as people look for a different form of transport in a bid to avoid infection from the Covid-19 virus, and many residents used the bikes from the first day of operation on April 10.

 Three more Porocle-exclusive cycle ports have been added in the vicinity of JR Soen Station, where usage has increased since the spread of the Covid-19 virus, making a total of 51 ports in the city. The operating period has been extended for two weeks until November 14.

 On the 10th, the first day of operation, locals could be seen turning up at the port in front of JR Sapporo Station, and taking the bikes into the city. One company employee from Teine-ku said “They’re convenient for getting around the city center. The weather’s good today so I used one to go shopping.”

 A total of 400 electrically assisted Porocle bicycles are available 24-hours a day, and cost 165 yen for up to 30 minutes.

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Porocle bicycle port

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