(Yicai Global) Sept. 15 -- Authorities recently issued a draft of the Guidance to Encourage Normative Bicycle-Sharing Development in Beijing. It provides pertinent solutions to unregulated operation, irregular parking, unregulated deposits, insufficient parking space, as well as the encroachment, hiding and destruction of bicycles, the Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport said on its Weibo today.
The city will work to control the number of shared bicycles to achieve a dynamic balance of bikes on the road, and electric bicycles cannot act as shared bikes in Beijing, the document said.
Shared bikes distributed in the city shall have satellite positioning devices and shall not bear advertisements, the draft said. Regulators will restrict bike rollouts of groups whose activities have severe problems with unregulated and substandard operations. Operators shall own or rent parking spaces to meet the needs of vehicle in use.
Children under 12 cannot use bicycle-sharing services, the document said. Operators shall purchase personal accident insurance for their users, and those collecting deposits shall open a special account in the city.
Beijing has 15 bicycle-sharing enterprises and 2.35 million shared-bikes on the road, the latest statistics show. The Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport issued a notice on Sept. 7 to suspend the distribution of additional shared-bicycles, and started to crack down on irregular parking.