Japan’s first community bicycle program kicked off on an experimental basis in Tokyo’s Marunouchi business district Thursday with 50 bikes at five locations.

The ¥30 million project, which will run through Nov. 30, is funded by the Environment Ministry and operated by JTB Corp. It is part of government efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions by steering people away from cars, said officials attending the kick-off with elementary school students and former Formula One racer Ukyo Katayama.

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