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World Cycling Capital Bans App Based & Dockless Bike Sharing 

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AMSTERDAM, the Netherlands – People in Amsterdam are used to bicycles parked everywhere in the streets. However the rapid growth of bike sharing systems in the cycling capital of the world has created a lot of frustration and the citizens have asked the city council to act.

World Cycling Capital Bans App Based & Dockless Bike Sharing 
Rapid growth of bike sharing systems in Amsterdam has created a lot of frustration. – Photo Bike Europe

Amsterdam has announced to start removing these bikes at least when put in public areas for the purpose of renting them. According to a spokesman of the City of Amsterdam, “it is no problem to park your shared bike in the streets like any other bike. It is not allowed to put a bike in the public area as a place to hand them over to somebody else.”

Disruptive Mobike and ofo

Recently the European Platform for bike sharing (PBESS) warned cities for China’s two biggest bike-share providers Mobike and Ofo. Their operating modes were labelled as ‘disruptive’. PBESS does not want European cities being swamped with cheap public bikes like what’s taking place now in for instance China’s Capital Beijing which are disruptive for the market, but also for the public space. Amsterdam is now one of the first to act upon these un-anchored and un-licensed bike share schemes.

Occupying the scarce place in bicycle parking facilities

Most annoying are labeled operators like Flickbike and Donkey Republic. They are mainly aimed at tourists, because most residents have their own bicycle. Since last autumn, these companies have put hundreds of their bikes in the streets, occupying the scarce place in bicycle parking facilities. In recent years, the city removed many wrecked and unused bicycles to create more space.

Annoyed citizens

“In the past year we invested to create more bicycle parking spaces, and we do not want these to be taken by the many commercial bike sharing systems,” the spokesman added. The bike-sharing business took off in big Chinese cities less than two years ago in order to reduce traffic congestion and cut auto emissions. But hazardly parked bikes often resulted in stacks of bicycles in the streets and annoyed citizens.

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