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Seaside park in China bans shared bikes on grave-sweeping holiday, citing congestion

City government received cooperation from bike providers, who removed bikes overnight and helped prevent entry

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 05 April, 2017, 4:43pm
UPDATED : Monday, 12 June, 2017, 12:53pm

A seaside public park in Shenzhen, Guangdong banned shared bicycles on Tuesday, the day of the Ching Ming or grave-sweeping festival, because they caused traffic jams.

On Monday, so many people were riding the app-rented bicycles in Shenzhen Bay Park or leaving them unattended that many lanes for walking or cycling encountered heavy congestion, news portal Thepaper.cn reported.

Some residents posted photos and complaints on social media.

Under the instruction of the city government, several shared bicycle providers including Mobike and Ofo sent staff into the park to remove their bikes overnight, the report said.

The park management said more than 300,000 people entered the park on Monday, together with over 10,000 shared bikes. The park had put up signs urging riders not to leave bikes in the park, but many people ignored that message.

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The government said it received cooperation from the bike providers for its ban, and their staff members joined park employees to prevent bike access at park entrances.

The situation on Tuesday was “much improved”, the Shenzhen government said.