(Yicai Global) Sept. 8 -- Beijing's transport commission summoned heads of 15 shared bike companies yesterday to hear their views and suggestions about shared bike placement and management, and issued a circular ordering the suspension of further deployments, per the city's official Weibo account.
Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Wuhan and seven other Chinese cities have also halted new shared bike additions and will curb the total size of fleets and stiffen their orderly management.
In Beijing, 15 shared bike companies have deployed 2.35 million shared bikes. While these are key in boosting green travel and easing traffic jams, their numbers are excessive and cause parking chaos, especially in metro and bus stations, major traffic hubs and business districts. This impacts the city's traffic order, appearance and environment and affects people's lives. To encourage standardized development, the commission has thus decided to suspend new shared bike deployments and will tackle the parking mess.
The commission will also issue guidelines to encourage standardized development, formulate relevant technical rules designating parking spaces, devise systematic technology and service specifications, develop supervision and service platforms, and establish and improve the user credit system. Authorities will curb the total size of fleets per the parking management plan for non-motor vehicles and the general parking order.