Bike shar­ing gets na­tional guide­line

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

Bike-shar­ing com­pa­nies have been given a reg­u­la­tion guide­line by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment, which re­quires real-name reg­is­tra­tion and bar­ring ser­vices to chil­dren un­der 12.

Shared bikes play a pos­i­tive role in meet­ing the pub­lic’s need for “last mile” trans­porta­tion, less­en­ing ur­ban trans­porta­tion pres­sure and es­tab­lish­ing a low-car­bon trans­port net­work, ac­cord­ing to the guide­line.

But prob­lems in­clude im­proper park­ing and poor op­er­a­tions. To solve the park­ing prob­lem, mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ments are re­quired to im­prove the bike net­work, set­ting up park­ing ar­eas for bikes and car­ry­ing out se­vere pun­ish­ment to vi­o­la­tors.

The bike ser­vices tar­get mostly short-dis­tance travel, such as be­tween a sub­way sta­tion and work, or from home to the gro­cery store. Users can rent a bike at low cost, usu­ally 15 cents an hour.

By July, China had nearly 70 com­pa­nies run­ning shared bike busi­nesses, with a to­tal of more than 160 mil­lion shared bikes on streets. (Photo 1)

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