New Bike-sharing Rules: The Role of Government, Operators and Users

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Authors: Gloria
XU, Cheng CHEN, Qianfei WANG

On August 1, 2017, the Guiding Opinions on Encouraging and Regulating the Development of
Internet Bicycle Rentals (Jiao Yun Fa [2017] No. 109) (the “Opinions”) was jointly promulgated
with State Council approval by ten ministries and departments, including the Ministry of Transport,
the Publicity Department of CPC, the Office of the Central Leading Group for Cyberspace Affairs,
the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Industry and Information
Technology, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development,
the People’s Bank of China, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and
Quarantine and the National Tourism Administration. Before the promulgation of the Opinions,
which is the first national departmental rules specially aimed at the Internet bicycle rental
(hereinafter referred to as “bike-sharing”) industry, road traffic administration or other related
departments in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shijiazhuang and
several other cities had successively released normative documents or drafts for comments of such
documents related to bike-sharing industry.

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