Bike sharing gets national guideline
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)