A Chinese court has banned all women’s bicycles from public places including parks, beaches and other public areas, a move which comes as part of a crackdown on road safety and pollution.
The court in Nanning, north-eastern Zhejiang province said on Thursday that women could not use bicycles in the public places unless they have a licence and were wearing a helmet, Xinhua news agency reported.
Bike-sharing is permitted in the capital Beijing, and many other cities across China, but the new law does not apply to women’s bikes.
China has seen a surge in the number of cyclists over the past decade, with some blaming the lack of safety and cleanliness for their deaths and injury.
In 2014, a cyclist died after being hit by a car while cycling on a narrow road in the provincial capital Beijing.
In December last year, a woman was killed when a car slammed into her bicycle, Xinjiang state news agency Xinhua said.