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The bike sharing phenomenon rising across China has illustrated the power of new technology to effectively address long standing transport problems. As China’s lack of a regulated environment, willingness to pioneer new innovation and tolerant society make it the perfect base for large scale change, the resulting temporary chaos can deemed acceptable as cities become real life testbeds to an urban transport revolution.
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IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT
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Jiang Yuxiang, 35, a bicycle hunter in Shenzhen, manages to devote at least one hour a day to hunting down illegally parking bicycles. "The hunting atmosphere in Guangdong is quite hot. Maybe this is because we have long been influenced by police and gangster movies made in Hong Kong,"
PREPARING FOR A NEW TOMORROW
Mobike users start with 100 credit points. Every ride they make earns them a point. Reporting a bike that is damaged or improperly parked earns them a point too.
On the other hand, those who park Mobikes in a compound are slapped with a 20-point penalty. Riders who use their private locks on the bikes have their credit reduced to zero immediately, which results in their accounts being frozen.
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