Internet-based bike-sharing services entered the city in October 2016 and then saw its rapid development. At present, the major brands operating in the city’s public-share bicycles market are Mobike and ofo, with Hellobike still in the pilot operation stage.
For years, Shenzhen has been pushing for the integration of rail, bus and bicycle transport networks to build itself into a national model for a “public transport metropolis.” Through this, the city has made remarkable progress in public transportation. As of now, public transportation handles 11.84 million trips daily. Bicycle transport as an extension of and supplement to public transportation is of great significance in satisfying citizens’ short- and medium-distance transport needs as well as alleviating traffic congestion. Currently, the city boasts about 2.5 million bicycle trips per day, of which about 0.9 million can be attributed to Internet-based bike-sharing services.
Regulations on Using Public-Share Bicycles
1. Those without the ability to ride safely, minors under the age of 12, people suffering from illnesses or under the influence of alcohol, etc. are not allowed to use public-share bicycles. Renting public-share bicycles for minors under the age of 12 to ride on the road is prohibited.
2. Bicyclists should use the non-motor vehicle lane, and if no such lane is available, stay on the right-most side of the roadway.
3. Do not ride into areas where non-motor vehicles are prohibited, such as expressways, urban highways, etc.
4. Follow the traffic signals when passing through an intersection controlled by traffic lights. Get off and walk the bicycle when traversing a motorway. Use the crosswalk or pedestrian bridge when crossing a road, and if no such facilities are available or it’s inconvenient to use them, make a quick straight pass after confirming safety.
5. Do not carry passengers when riding public-share bicycles, do not place children in the basket installed for holding goods, and do not exceed the basket's maximum load limit.
6. Do not take both hands off of handlebars or hold things with your hands while riding. Do not climb, hold onto or be towed by other vehicles, and do not ride abreast with others while supporting each other’s weight, chase or race other bicyclists.
7. Park bicycles in an orderly fashion in designated areas for non-motor vehicles, and if no such areas are available, park bicycles in an orderly fashion in an area that does not obstruct the traffic by other vehicles and pedestrians.
8. Do not park public-share bicycles in places that affect public safety, such as motor vehicle lanes, non-motor vehicle lanes, pedestrian lanes (except for those that have been specified as parking areas of non-motor vehicles), blind roads, green areas, road entrances and exits, bus stops, metro station entrances and exits, pedestrian bridges, pedestrian tunnels, fire evacuation passages, etc.
9. Abide by the relevant management rules and comply with the management of administrative personnel when parking in a non-public space outside the road.
10. Abide by the other State, provincial and municipal laws and regulations on road traffic safety.
According to the "Law of the People's Republic of China on Road Traffic Safety," the "Implementation Regulations of the People's Republic of China on Road Traffic Safety," the "Regulations of Guangdong Province on Road Traffic Safety," the "Regulations of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone on the Management of Road Traffic Safety," and the "Regulations of Shenzhen Special Economic Zone on Penalties for Road Traffic Safety Violations," violations of the above provisions will be subject to a warning or a fine of 20 yuan (US$2.84) to 500 yuan.