Beijing bans new as bike-sharing schemes cause chaos

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Beijing is the latest city in China to ban new shared bikes as the country battles against the two-wheeled chaos of the traffic and safety in urban areas.

New shipments of bikes in the city 15-sharing schemes will be suspended, a government statement on Thursday said.

Runners can already get to about 2.4 million shared cycles in Beijing.

It joins other Chinese cities trying to curb public of the dangers by the prohibition of new bikes to the popular plans.

In the declaration, the municipal Transportation Commission also said that it would begin efforts to clean up parking.

Bicycles in large cities are often abandoned, thrown at random in the streets and on the curbs.

He stated that the Commission would examine the regulation of shared bicycle schemes, including guidelines for parking spaces.

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Bikes have become ubiquitous across the major cities of China.

The riders are able to access nearly 16 million vehicles on a national scale in a market dominated by Alibaba-backed Ofo and Tecent funded by Mobike.

But poor regulation has created the chaos on the roads in the country, with thousands of bicycles are discarded or dumped in already crowded public spaces.

In China, instead of having a fixed docking stations, the whole cycle of the business are application based.

In most cases, the bicycles are equipped with a GPS chip, allowing users to locate a bike. They pay for the rental with their smartphones and then unlock – sometimes with the help of a QR code.

Once they have completed the trip, the clients can leave the bike anywhere.

Which has led to some problems in the cities, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Wuhan are among the places that have imposed bans on new bike sharing.

Earlier this week, state media have reported that the number of shared bicycles in Wuhan urban neighbourhoods nearing 700,000, far exceeding the city’s capacity of 400 000.