Beijing launches new campaign to reign in chaotic shared-bike parking

Local authorities plan to name and shame the non-compliant companies

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Beijing launches new campaign to reign in chaotic shared-bike parking

Fed up with shared-bikes piling up on pavements and blocking traffic, Beijing’s local transportation authority launched a campaign today to regulate chaotic shared bike parking. Non-compliant companies will be named and shamed, it says.

Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport (BMCT) said in a notice that the campaign would last one month and focus on the capital’s main roads and major tourist sites. Bike-sharing companies are required to clean up their own bikes and recycle the broken and unusable ones.

Local authorities at the district level will inform companies about disorderly parked bikes and if they fail to take action within a certain timeframe they will face repercussions.

Beijing, home to ailing bike-sharing startup Ofo, now has nearly 2 million shared bikes form nine bike-sharing companies in the city. More than half of the bikes are unused, according to BMCT.

At the peak of the bike sharing craze in September 2017, the Chinese capital had more than 2.3 million such bikes on its streets. In a similar campaign last year, BMCT cleaned out more than 400,000 shared-bikes.

Editor: Nadine Freischlad