Shang­hai law­mak­ers: Put the brakes on il­le­gal bike park­ing

China Daily (Canada) - - HOLIDAY - By ZHOU WENTING in Shang­hai zhouwent­ing@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Leg­is­la­tors and po­lit­i­cal ad­vis­ers in Shang­hai have urged the gov­ern­ment, bike­shar­ing star­tups, and cy­clists to jointly solve the prob­lem of il­le­gal park­ing of hired bikes as the prob­lem grows through­out the city.

Con­flicts over park­ing has oc­curred in sev­eral ci­ties. The lat­est one oc­cured on Jan 15 in Shen­zhen, where around 500 hired bikes were piled up by se­cu­rity guards at a com­mu­nity where res­i­dents were an­gry about the cy­clists’ il­le­gal park­ing.

“Bike-shar­ing op­er­a­tors should take the ini­tia­tive to dis­cuss with lo­cal gov­ern­ment au­thor­i­ties where the bikes can be parked and where they can’t. More­over, users must reg­is­ter with real names when us­ing the bikes and those who vi­o­late park­ing reg­u­la­tions must be pun­ished,” Wang Rulu, a mem­ber of the Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal Com­mit­tee of the Chi­nese Peo­ple’sPo­lit­i­cal Con­sul­ta­tive Con­fer­ence, said on Jan 15 dur­ing the an­nual ses­sions of the city’s leg­isla­tive and po­lit­i­cal ad­vi­sory bod­ies.

Hired bikes op­er­ated by com­pa­nies such as Mo­bike, Ofo and Blue­gogo have grown in pop­u­lar­ity since their ap­pear­ance in April. They are easy to rent through smart­phone apps and can be parked at users’ con­ve­nience. The num­ber of such bikes in Shang­hai, Bei­jing and Guangzhou has sur­passed 100,000.

“How­ever, their il­le­gal park­ing has caused in­con­ve­nience for pedes­tri­ans and hin­dered traf­fic safety,” Wang said.

In Shang­hai, shar­ing bike op­er­a­tors sug­gest users park in cer­tain ar­eas marked with white lanes on the pave­ment, which are des­ig­nated as ar­eas for bi­cy­cle park­ing by the gov­ern­ment. But of­ten, es­pe­cially dur­ing rush hour near metro sta­tion en­trances, the bikes spill over into other ar­eas, and some users park them ran­domly on the pave­ment or even in mo­tor ve­hi­cle lanes.

Mo­bike says that it re­ceives as av­er­age of 30,000 re­ports of il­le­gal park­ing a day.

“We need a so­lu­tion some­time soon as the num­ber of hired bikes will con­tinue to in­crease in the near fu­ture,” said Wang, who is also chief en­gi­neer at Shang­hai Metro Main­te­nance and Sup­port Co.

Cao Guox­ing, head of pub­lic re­la­tions for Mo­bike, said the com­pany is talk­ing with au­thor­i­ties in dif­fer­ent ci­ties about so­lu­tions.

Jiang Xiao­qing, a mu­nic­i­pal leg­is­la­tor in Shang­hai, sug­gested adding il­le­gal park­ing vi­o­la­tions to ci­ti­zens’ credit records.

“Every user must obey the pub­lic trans­port reg­u­la­tions,” said Jiang, who is also deputy di­rec­tor of the ra­dio news cen­ter of Shang­hai Me­dia Group.

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