hina’s leading provider of sidewalk-clogging shared bicycles is looking to help clean up the urban scourge it has spawned by instituting a new system which will fine illegal parkers in Shanghai.
In this effort, Mobike has created seven no-parking zones in the city. These zones, located in Lujiazui and at the National Exhibition and Convention Center, will appear as gray on the Mobike app. The first time that a user parks at one of these zones, there will be no penalty. However, all subsequent instances will incur a 5 yuan ($0.73) fine that will be automatically subtracted from their balance.
Users can receive a refund on this fine if they move a bike out of a no-parking zone within the following two hours.
The company began experimenting with this kind of solution in June, working with police to designate a number of locations within downtown Shanghai as no-parking zones. Users who tried to park a bike there would receive a warning through the app, if they persisted, they would lose points on their Mobike credit score and could, conceivably, be banned from using the service.
Over the last few years, colorful shared bikes clogging sidewalks has become part of the background to daily urban life in China. Those left parked illegally on the sidewalk or on the road are gathered up by authorities and dumped in vacant lots, where they make for beautiful monuments to the industry’s oversaturation and wastefulness.