Chinese taxi hailing company Didi’s bike rental service, Didi Bike (青桔单车, meaning green tangerine bike in Chinese), was suspended for one day for not obeying the local law, Chinese media Shenzhen News is reporting. 

Bike rental companies hugely spread out last year, filling the Chinese streets with rental bikes. In order to manage rental bicycles, Shenzhen City Transportation Committee has previously issued the “Implementation Plan for Shenzhen Internet Rental Bicycle Regulatory Management and Renovation Action Plan” (our translation, 深圳市互联网租赁自行车规范管理整治行动实施方案) clearly requiring that, from August 23, 2017, there should be no new shared bicycles put on the streets of Shenzhen.

However, in the early morning of March 17, the Shenzhen government claims Didi illegally placed Didi Bikes. Didi staff were notified by various departments and they were required to immediately remove its bikes. The launch sites included Futian, Baoan, Longhua and other districts, with the number of bikes reaching approximately 20,000 units. Didi’s own-branded bikes Didi Bikes are temporarily shelved, but riders can still rent ofo and Bluegogo bikes in Chengdu and Shenzhen using DiDi app.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com