BEIJING – Hangzhou city in eastern China has banned shared electric bikes over possible security risks, including unqualified technical standards, fire-prone batteries and pollution, state news agency Xinhua reported on Monday.
The five companies who currently operate the service in the city with 2,590 bikes were asked to take their bikes off the road within a fixed period.
The decision comes days after Beijing prevented bike-sharing companies from increasing the number of bikes they were operating in the city, citing growing chaos with 2.35 million electric bikes plying the capital’s streets every day.
Currently, around 70 bike-sharing companies operate in China, with more than 16 million bikes and more than 130 million users, according to the country’s transport ministry.
The bike-sharing sector has grown in leaps and bounds in the last one year with firms offering cheap bicycles that can be easily hired through a mobile application.