The “Comprehensive Traffic Management Plan of Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU)” (Xiao Fa  No.44) was adopted on 25 October 2017. Article 6 of the Plan, which stipulates that “shared bicycles are banned from campus, has triggered heated debates among students. The explanation by the Security Office of the BFSU on the Plan is as follows:
1. Necessity of banning shared bicycles from campus. Since the shared bicycles come into use on campus, some riders did not park the bicycles back at designated parking zones for the sake of their own convenience. The randomly parked bicycles caused poor accessibility, hazardous situations and messy campus views. In the meanwhile, the large amounts of shared bicycles gave rise to congestion in peak hours, for example, at the gate of the campus in early morning, at the entrance of the canteen at noon and in front of Yifu Building when class is over, giving rise to hidden dangers of traffic and order of the campus. The Security Office has taken a range of measures on propaganda, education, persuasion, steering and management, which have extremely limited effects. As a result, in order to moderate traffic congestion, maintain the order of the campus and ensure security of faculty and students, shared bicycles are banned from campus.
2. Research on practices and measures of other universities. Results of research and survey show that a number of universities have formulated corresponding regulations based on the actual situation of each university. Some universities which are similar to BFSU in size, such as Capital University of Physical Education and Sports, Beijing Dancing Academy, Beijing Film Academy, China Youth University of Political Studies, Xicheng Campus of Beijing University of Civil Engineering and Architecture, West Campus of Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing Electronics Science and Technology Institute, Beijing College of Politics and Law, etc., have already banned shared bicycles from campus. Some universities that are larger in size, such as Peking University, categorizes shared bicycles into “Campus Only” and “Campus Permit”, and regulates that visitors are prohibited from riding shared bicycles into campus. Beijing Institute of Technology and Capital Normal University once banned shared bicycles from campus before. However, as bike-sharing companies voluntarily take over parking management of their bikes and maintenance of parking zones on campus, the two universities allow bicycles of specific companies on campus.
3. The University will further deliberate the management plan of shared bicycles on campus. The University will continue to communicate with bicycle-sharing companies, and come up with a plan which protects the sound environment and order of the campus while improving the accessibility of faculty and students based on the actual situation of the campus through all-round consultation.
4. Explanation on setting up temporary parking zones for motor vehicles in East Campus. According to the overall plan of the campus, the engineering of 6 teaching and service blocks in West Campus is about to be started, which occupies parking space for nearly 230 motor vehicles. In order to relieve the serious shortage of parking space, ensure the order of traffic on campus and the accessibility of fire and emergency passage, the University determines to add temporary parking lots in East Campus, which will be removed when the underground parking zones of the 6 teaching and service blocks in West Campus are put into operation. Faculty and staff are suggested to commute by eco-friendly public transport if necessary recently. Faculty and student-orientation is a philosophy of the operation of the University. Particularly, with regard to the engineering of the West Campus, faculty and students are expected to take the initiative to overcome difficulties and make concerted efforts to build our common homeland. The Security Office will continue to perform the duties of defending the security and order of the campus and protecting the interests of faculty and students, actively interact with concerned organizations, including the Teacher’s Representative Committee of the Labour Union, the Department of Rights and Interests of the Student Union and the Youth Security Association to listen to the voices of faculty and students.
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