Cities ban ex­pan­sion of bike-shar­ing fleets

China Daily (USA) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

The brakes are be­ing ap­plied to China's bike-shar­ing craze be­cause it’s caus­ing park­ing chaos, traf­fic con­ges­tion and is a safety hazard.

Bans on ex­pand­ing cy­cle fleets in Bei­jing, Shang­hai, Shen­zhen, Wuhan and Guangzhou, as well as eight other cities, have been an­nounced by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

In the cap­i­tal alone, there are 2.35 mil­lion shared bikes run by 15 com­pa­nies with stacked park­ing on pave­ments and at road cross­ings caus­ing havoc for pedes­tri­ans.

By July, ma­jor Chi­nese cities had reached a sat­u­ra­tion point. There were up to 70 bike-shar­ing brands with 16 mil­lion cy­cles on the streets for a cus­tomer base of about 130 mil­lion, fig­ures from the Min­istry of Trans­port re­vealed in the sum­mer.

Ear­lier last month, the cap­i­tal's trans­porta­tion man­age­ment author­ity pro­hib­ited an in­crease of shared bikes on its roads.An­other 12 cities fol­lowed suit, forc­ing the main play­ers to con­sider ex­pand­ing to un­tapped mar­kets across the coun­try, as well as abroad.

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