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The electric enemies at the gates

By Wei Na (Global Times)

08:58, January 06, 2012

Delivery men lay out parcels at the south entrance of Peking University yesterday. Many of the city's colleges have used security as a pretext to keep delivery services off their campuses. Photo: Guo Yingguang/GT

A street side post office popped up outside Peking University (PKU) south gate yesterday, creating chaos for students and campus residents alike, because of new regulations that forbid electric delivery bicycles from entering the premises.

Dozens of packages from eight delivery companies were piled up outside the south gate of PKU. Delivery staff were waiting outside with their electric bicycles for students to collect their packages.

"The security guards wouldn't let us in, so we had to wait out here and set up, like stalls at a market," said one member of delivery staff from ZTO Express, surnamed Li.

According to one member of the security department of PKU, who declined to be named, the policy has been in force for the last month to keep the bike delivery men from entering the school.

"Most delivery men ride electric bicycles, and we had students who had reported speeding bikes which created a risk for pedestrians," he said.

A security guard on watch at the university's south gate, surnamed Li, told the Global Times that there were also concerns over "public order."

"They used to come in and gather outside the dining hall, creating chaos outside, some just don't have any self discipline and left a mess of boxes and wrappers behind them," said Li.

Students are not necessarily on the same page as the school administration when it comes to campus management.

"I wasn't aware of any danger caused by electric bicycles, and it has been painful to march all the way to pick up packages in the cold weather," said a freshman at PKU surnamed Zhong, "and what about all the newly created chaos at the south gate?"

Security guards at the south gate said they were aware of the disorder around the area, but said "it was not their responsibility."

Thanks to the regulation, delivery companies are losing money, as daily orders with companies like ZTO Express and YTO Express have dropped by at least 50 percent, according to the couriers at the gate.

PKU is not alone in its ban on delivery bikes, colleges like Beijing Normal University and the Communication University of China have all adopted the same policy.

However, nearby Tsinghua University doesn't think it's necessary yet.

"They [delivery men] are welcome to enter the campus like all other electric bicycle riders, if any risks appear in the future, a ban would be applied to all, not just delivery people," said one employee of the security department of Tsinghua University.

Guo Yingguang contributed to the story.

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