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(Xinhua) South China's Nanning has joined a growing number of other cities to ban the use of shared electric bikes.|
Authorities in Nanning, capital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, banned fledging electric bike sharing businesses in a statement issued last week, citing safety and regulatory concerns.
"Electric bikes, which are heavy and fast, will cause great damage and economic loss when accidents happen," said an official with the city's transport department.
Officials with the department added that many of the city's electric bikes were unlicensed, and their users often violated traffic rules.
Nanning, a city of about 7 million residents, has more than 2 million registered electric bikes. Local regulations have banned electric bikes, motorcycles, and tricycles from being used to transport passengers for a fare.
I support the ban on the shared electric bikes. Despite its convenience and environmental friendliness, a electric bikes pose a genuine public safety hazard. A walk through any streets can witness electric bicycles zipping around in every direction, dominating the bike lanes, driving on the sidewalks, virtually running down pedestrians, and weaving in and out of traffic often with little heed to road rules or personal safety. The riders don’t need a license, any training, insurance, or even a helmet to operate one — all you have to do is buy one from the shop, hop on, and go.