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Frustrated Cities Clamp Down on Bike-Share Clutter

By April Ma
Shenzhen, Shanghai, Zhengzhou, Hangzhou and Nanjing are among the Chinese cities that are acting to address the growing problem of shared bicycles' cluttering their streets. Above, a Shanghai sidewalk is crowded with Ofo Inc.'s distinctive yellow shared bicycles on Aug. 23. Photo: Visual China
Shenzhen, Shanghai, Zhengzhou, Hangzhou and Nanjing are among the Chinese cities that are acting to address the growing problem of shared bicycles' cluttering their streets. Above, a Shanghai sidewalk is crowded with Ofo Inc.'s distinctive yellow shared bicycles on Aug. 23. Photo: Visual China

Some of China’s biggest cities have called a timeout on the companies responsible for crowding sidewalks with shared bikes.

Officials say the colorful rental bikes parked in long rows outside subway stations, office buildings and shopping malls are worsening, rather than reducing, urban congestion.

Shenzhen, Shanghai, Zhengzhou, Hangzhou and Nanjing are among the cities hitting the bike-sharing “pause” button in recent weeks.

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