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City rules that bikes can't go on Metro

BICYCLES, including folding bikes, are to be banned from the Metro from March 1, when new safety regulations ordered by the city government take effect.

Details just released cover the major clauses but don't specify penalties. Full details are due to be published on the city government Website,, and soon.

The rules clarify the Metro operator's responsibility in ensuring safe operation of the system, duties of Metro staff, emergency planning and measures to prevent overcrowding and danger to passengers.

One of the major clauses is a blanket ban on bicycles.

At present the operator regulates passengers in accordance with a Metro passenger rule and a Metro management rule, which don't ban bicycles.

"We have regulations on the size of passengers' luggage, which must be no more than 1.8 cubic square meters," said Yin Wei, an official from Shanghai Shentong Metro Co Ltd, the Metro operator.

"Metro officials usually required people with folding bikes to put them into a bag or case to avoid hurting other passengers or damaging their clothes.

"We give warnings but can't fine them. Taking bicycles sometimes caused quarrels between passengers as bikes damaged other people's clothes or occupied space in rush hours," he said.

But he said the ban could be inconvenient for cyclists who use the Metro as part of their commute.

"It may be more reasonable to ban bikes during rush hours or designate special carriages with bike racks," he said.


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