Taipei and New Taipei writing up rules for oBike

The China Post

The Taipei City and New Taipei City governments are creating regulations for the bike-sharing service oBike, which has said it’s willing to work with the government.

The government is not doing its job if it cannot find a legal basis for the orderly use of public parking spaces, said Wu Kuo-Jhi, secretary-general of the New Taipei’s Department of Transportation.

The general manager of oBike, Wang Yen-ting, said that the company was willing to cooperate with the government to zone off parking spaces for bicycles if oBike were to pose a traffic problem.

Wang said oBike had drawn considerable attention and complaints for the troubles it caused in the recent two months.

“We meant to release more spaces for parking, not to occupy them,” he said.

Wang said that parking spaces in Taiwan are often taken up by abandoned bikes, and that his company had believed oBikes would help lower the number of privately-owned bicycles.

Local media reported that a dozen oBikes were deliberately dumped in a river at New Taipei City’s Sanzhi District.

People also found bikes strung up in trees or against bushes, apparently placed there by people looking for fun.

Obike pledged that broken bikes would always retrieved by the company, with no burden placed upon the government.

Wang Yen-chu, director of Taipei’s transport management unit, said that instead of placing an outright ban on oBikes, it would establish guidelines for operation.

She said the government would begin enforcing new rules in the second half of the year. Issues to be regulated include the security deposit, the number of oBikes permissible, the parking areas, the insurance issue and related fines.