HCM City (VNA), Oct. 23 -- Ho Chi Minh City 's Department of Transport plans to offer about 500 bicycles for rent at 50 sites in downtown areas by the end of this year.

The department has asked the municipal People's Committee for approval to implement the plan to pilot a public bicycle rental service in combination with other kinds of passenger transport in the city centre.

The service, which aims to encourage residents and tourists to use public transport, is expected to help reduce traffic congestion and pollution caused by vehicles.

The bicycles will be put at sites near public bus stops to create more convenience for people who access the service.

About 10-20 bicycles will be offered at each site. Each bicycle will have an identi...