The authorities in Shanghai say they are planning to take steps to clamp down on children under 12 using ride-share bicycles.
The move has been prompted by the rising number of traffic accidents involving children trying out the ride-share bikes out of curiosity in the city, reports the Xinmin Evening News.
Last year in Shanghai, there were 245 traffic accidents involving children under 12 riding non-motor vehicles, 1 person was killed and 85 others were injured, according to statistics provided by the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission.
The traffic safety law in China stipulates that a person must be 12 years or older to ride a bicycle or tricycle on public roads.
However, the Xinmin Evening News report also noted that children can easily lease a ride-share bicycle in Shanghai as most of them simply require users to download an app and log in using a phone number or social media account.
The education authority and public security authority in Shanghai have held meetings with officials from major ride-share companies, and have highlighted the possible dangers of children using their bicycles.
The ride-share firms have pledged to update their registration procedures, post warnings on the bicycles for children, and also avoid siting bicycles near schools or the Children’s Palace.
Meanwhile, the transport authority in Shanghai has said it intends to increase street patrols and tighten up parking restrictions for ride-share bicycles through big-data analysis.
Teachers and parents have also been urged to educate the children about road safety. – CRI