Chengdu, provincial capital of southwestern China's Sichuan province, issued the trial measures for encouraging the development of shared bikes Friday. 

This is China's first-of-its-kind regulation for the shared bike industry, triggering heated discussions among deputies to the National People's Congress (NPC) and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) on Saturday. 

The new regulation stipulates that those deliberately sabotaging or stealing shared bikes will be held criminally responsible. 

NPC deputy Fan Ping gave a thumbs-up to the provision and the local government's efforts in guiding the growth of the niche industry, saying that the new rule will help create a favorable environment for the development of shared bikes and offer great convenience to more riders. 

Users who damage shared bikes should make compensations, another deputy noted. 

Despite the pioneering role, the regulation remains to be further improved in terms of, for example, public education and road management. 

Many Internet users said that more work should be done to improve road planning, design, and management to guarantee safety and comfort.



Editor: Lan Suying