Bike Sharing in China

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Bicycles are a significant mode of transportation and therefore a crucial part of everyday life in China. From the 1970s to the late 1990s, bicycles were the primary mode of transportation; however, in the early 2000s, the government created bicycle-reduction policies to spur the growth of the motor vehicle industry and increase the usage of the country's public transportation infrastructure. Today, Chinese cities have some of the worst traffic congestion in the world due to a rapid increase in the population size and resultant pressure exerted on the mass transit infrastructure. It, therefore, became essential for the government to resort once more to encouraging bicycle usage. This paper examines the concept of bike-share in China, its shortcomings and future challenges, and also develops a creative solution to streamline the bike-share industry.