Ride-share bicycles parked randomly across Beijing have been causing problems for pedestrians and public transportation, but there are plans in the works to deal with the issue.
The Beijing Municipal Commission of Transport has started conducting studies with the aim of regulating the parking of these bicycles. This effort follows meetings between transport officials and managers from leading ride-share services Mobike and Ofo, reported Beijing Youth Daily.
The report said bike-sharing companies have agreed to provide data to help the government to renovate transportation facilities, including parking areas for bicycles.
Many commuters use the rental bikes to ride from their homes to the local subway, making transit stations a collection point for the bikes. Random parking of the ride-share bikes has become a highly visible problem around the entrance of many subway stations in the city, and at other high-traffic areas in some communities.
The bike-share companies themselves have already made attempts to solve or at least reduce the problem with help from local officials in Beijing, according to the report.
In some parts of Haidian District, where bicycles are very-much in demand and the ride-share services are popular, parking lots for the bikes have been established. In Fengtai District, street cleaners receive discounts on bike-share services for helping to reduce parking disorder.
Mobike and Ofo are also reportedly considering giving discounts to users who park the bicycles in areas that have been designated by the companies.
The two companies pioneered this service globally when they launched their services in Beijing in 2016. But since that time, there have been many complaints, as people can park the bikes virtually anywhere after they finished riding them. This disorder has been an inconvenience for some.
Along with Beijing, authorities in Shanghai, Shenzhen, and other Chinese cities have reportedly expressed their intents to tighten regulation regarding bicycles rented out by Mobike and Ofo.