University to Suspend Electric Bicycle Restrictions
The restrictions stated that the speed limit on electric bikes was set at 20 kilometers an hour and were banned from entering some areas in the campus, including the removal of gates used for checking the bikes. The University first announced the bike restrictions in June that will not allow unqualified bikes to be used, beginning at the start of the autumn semester.
There are around 8,000 students that own electric bikes and 95 percent of them do not comply with the regulations. The campus security department also said that the majority of the accidents on the campus involved electric bikes. During the September 7 start of the new semester, the security department confiscated bikes that didn’t pass regulations.
The restrictions caused most of electric bikes owners to be unhappy and prompted many of the students to write to the university president to vent their frustration and anger. The students even created a microblog that suggested students to boycott the restrictions by non violent protest.
The protest was supposed to happen in the southwest part of the university, but didn’t go through as planned since the university decided to lift the restrictions and find a new way of controlling the bikes on the campus.