A total of 13,615 people in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen will be temporarily banned from using shared bikes due to traffic violations, according to media reports (in Chinese). This is the first batch of traffic offenders that will be punished according to the new rules on shared bicycle users’ behavior issued by the Shenzhen police. The regulation was trialed for one month and went into effect on July 1st.

Out of the 13,615 traffic violations perpetrated by non-motorized vehicles, 3261 involved violations by bicycle riders. More than half of the violations–1717 in total–were perpetrated users riding bikes from Mobike, ofo, Bluegogo, and other bike-renting companies. The majority of the violators were riding Mobike’s bicycles at the time of the incident.

According to the new rules, violators are forbidden to use bike rental services for at least one week. The police have already notified bike-renting companies to deactivate violators’ user accounts from July 17th to 23rd.

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Masha Borak

Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.