Reg­u­la­tion out­lines bike-shar­ing rules

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By CHAI HUA in Shen­zhen,Guang­dong grace@chi­nadai­

To stan­dard­ize the de­vel­op­ment of the on­line bike-shar­ing in­dus­try, Shen­zen trans­port com­mis­sion un­veiled a draft plan on Tues­day, defin­ing the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of cit­i­zens, govern­ment and ser­vice op­er­a­tors.

Shen­zhen will re­lease the na­tion’s first reg­u­la­tion on bike shar­ing, in­clud­ing adding vi­o­la­tions such as il­le­gal park­ing to peo­ple’s credit record.

Rent­ing bikes through smart­phones and park­ing them at the users’ con­ve­nience has grown in pop­u­lar­ity. But in ad­di­tion to of­fer­ing a con­ve­nient op­tion for short-dis­tance trav­el­ing, it has also raised is­sues such as il­le­gal park­ing.

In Shen­zhen, Guang­dong prov­ince, there are about 120,000 such rental bi­cy­cles op­er­ated by four com­pa­nies — Mo­bike, Ofo, Blue­gogo and Xiaom­ing­danche — and the num­ber is ex­pected to in­crease to 210,000 by the end of Jan­uary 2017, ac­cord­ing to the city trans­port com­mis­sion. Rec­og­niz­ing on­line bike-shar­ing as part of the city’s trans­porta­tion sys­tem, the au­thor­ity will in­te­grate cy­cle­ways and bike-park­ing fa­cil­i­ties with street ren­o­va­tion.

Il­le­gal park­ing will re­sult in a fine and be added to per­sonal credit records, with the com­mis­sion telling China Daily it may use data from bike­shar­ing ser­vice providers.

How­ever, Zhang Kun, an an­a­lyst at mar­ket­ing re­search firm iRe­search, said it is dif­fi­cult to col­lect in­for­ma­tion and such ac­tions seem “harsh”.

It is im­por­tant for ser­vice op­er­a­tors to set strict reg­u­la­tions to limit vi­o­la­tions such as il­le­gal park­ing, he said.

Mo­bike, one of the ma­jor op­er­a­tors in Shen­zhen, Bei­jing and Shang­hai, said it will pro­mote le­gal park­ing ac­cord­ing to the govern­ment’s guid­ance. The firm uses a score sys­tem, which re­lies on users’ re­ports, and charges those who have been re­ported as park­ing bikes il­le­gally more for us­ing its bikes.

The reg­u­la­tion states bike­shar­ing ser­vice providers should co­op­er­ate with prop­erty man­agers to set up park­ing zones in pri­vate ar­eas.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port in Nan­fang Metropo­lis Daily on Mon­day, a res­i­den­tial real es­tate com­pany in Nan­shan district locked up about 200 rental bikes that oc­cu­pied its en­trance, de­mand­ing 20,000 yuan ($2,875) in com­pen­sa­tion from a bike-shar­ing ser­vice op­er­a­tor, which re­fused to pay.

A sep­a­rate draft re­leased Tues­day stated that there should be at least be 1.5 me­ters for pedes­tri­ans to walk past parked bikes on side­walks.

Zhang said he be­lieves other cities will also re­lease reg­u­la­tions soon.

es­ti­mated num­ber of bikes avail­able for rent in Shen­zhen, Guang­dong prov­ince Il­le­gal fire­works worth 200,000 yuan ($28,750) are piled up on Wed­nes­day be­fore be­ing de­stroyed in Lianyun­gang, Jiangsu prov­ince.

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