The Beijing government is soliciting public opinion on draft guidelines aimed at reining in the disorderly expansion of the city’s bike-rental sector, local media is reporting (in Chinese).

The draft guidance provides that rental bikes should meet national and industry standards, and requires rental bikes should be equipped with smart locks and the satellite positioning system.

Most of bike-rental startups in the country such as Mobike (摩拜单车 in Chinese), Bluegogo (小蓝单车 in Chinese) and Xiaoming (小鸣单车 in Chinese) have adopted smart locks on their bikes, while ofo, which originally did not plan to use smart locks on their bikes, said it has been gearing up to replace its old combo lock with a new BeiDou smart lock on its old-version bikes in Beijing and Shanghai.

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Sheila Yu

Sheila Yu is a Shanghai-based technology writer. She brings readers the biggest news from Chinese language tech media. Reach her at sheila@technode.com.