Measures Taken to Prevent Further Damages to Rented Bicycles
Since the start of the bicycle rental system in December, there have been complaints of damaged bicycles being rented out in the Yantian district as its residents are using the bikes as their main mode of transportation using the government funded bicycle rental system.
Although the system is in trial operation, there are 3,000 bikes that are available at bicycle rental stations across the district. So far around 278 bikes are reported as damaged. Damages made to the bikes are mostly to the bike locks, brake cables and tail light. To avoid further damages to the bicycle tail lights the company had to change the position of the tail lights. Bike renters also placed stickers to the bikes that they rented while several riders were involved in minor traffic accidents and offenses while using the bikes.
To prevent any more damages to the bikes, the district urban management bureau issued a public awareness call to ask resident to take better care of the bikes. Traffic police will closely monitor the bikes during their patrol and rental companies will use more manpower to patrol the rental stations. A ruling was also placed into effect that bike users will have their rental card suspended for one week on their first traffic offense, one month on the second offense and rental card termination on the third offense.
The bike rental system will see more users in the next month as people can start using their Shenzhentong cards which will make it more difficult to monitor the bikes. The company have issued more than 26,000 cards to residents and bikes have been rented out 1.6 million times.