(Yicai Global) Sept. 28 -- China's capital Beijing will set up a unified digital fence system for shared bikes, and draw a map of parking areas on mobile apps so users know where to legally leave their bikes, officials at Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport said.
Violators may lose credit in the apps or could face other penalties. "These digital fences will be more common near key transportation hubs, there could be one every 50 meters" said Ouyang Songshou, deputy director of the commission's Parking Management Affairs Center.
In November, bike-sharing companies will link their data to a government supervision platform, he added. The city's entire digital fence and credit system should be in place by June next year.
There are companies' names or logos in bicycle parking areas now, but this won't be the case in the future, said Hu Haiming, deputy researcher at the transport commission's Parking Management Office.
Municipal authorities will not allow parking areas to be associated with certain companies, he added, saying the government will remove branding from parking areas during the next phase of the plan.
Many shared bikes are parked in certain places at certain times, so the government will ask companies to take them away from these areas at particular times, said Hu. It will also consider building three-dimensional parking lots to meet the needs of shared bike users and providers.