Forget the ride-sharing wars. Transportation has a new battleground: Bike-sharing. After seeing great success in places like China and Europe, dockless or free-floating bike-sharing has started to expand aggressively into the U.S.
For the uninitiated, dockless bike-sharing works a lot like today’s bike-sharing systems, except you can, in theory, park the bikes anywhere, locking and unlocking them by scanning a QR code with an app. That differs from current bike-sharing programs in places like New York and San Francisco, where bikes are docked to fixed locations.
Dockless bikes are also GPS enabled, allowing companies to easily track and move them around to places of high demand.
Beijing-based Ofo just launched its bike-sharing service in Scottsdale, joining other companies like LimeBike that have placed thousands of bicycles around town in recent weeks. So how does ofo and Limebike work, lets break it down.
The world leader in station-free bike sharing, with ofo, you pick up a bike, get where you’re going, and leave it there. No docking stations, no walking the rest of the way. Because that’s what a bike share is supposed to be.
Founded in 2014 and based in Beijing, China, ofo is the world’s first and largest station-free bike sharing platform. ofo is committed to providing the best short distance transportation solution, solving the “last mile” transportation problem by turning the last mile into a green, low-emission trip.
To date, ofo has connected more than 10 million bikes to over 200 million users in more than 20 countries: Australia, Austria, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, the Netherlands, the UK, and the US. The platform generates more than 32 million daily transactions and has provided global users in 250+ cities with over 5 billion efficient, convenient, green rides.
What is ofo?
ofo is the world’s first and largest station-free bike sharing platform. We provide convenient and affordable urban travel – reducing carbon emissions, easing traffic congestion, saving energy, and promoting better living along the way.
What is ofo’s mission?
To optimize urban short-distance travel through connective, convenient, affordable, and clean short-distance travel options.
How do I use an ofo bicycle?
Using our bicycles is fast and easy. Simply download the ofo mobile app (available for both iOS and Android), register your basic information and payment method, then use the map function to locate nearby available bicycles. Once you reach one, scan the QR code on the license plate or enter the plate number manually to unlock it and you’ll be ready to go. Once you complete your ride, park the bicycle in an appropriate location, lock it, and tap “Trip complete” in the app. That’s it!
Where can I download the ofo app?
The app is available to download from the App Store and Google Play Store.
How much does ofo’s service cost?
All bicycles in ofo’s network are available to users for $1 per hour.
How do I pay for my ride?
We accept payment via credit/debit cards, PayPal, and cash. Please be aware that payment methods may vary by location. When using the app’s wallet feature, payment sources are pre-linked to the app and your preferred payment method is charged upon completion of each ride.To make payments via the mobile app:
Select “My Wallet” from your app menu.
Tap “Payment” and “Add Payment Method.”
Add a payment method by entering your card info and tap “Save.”
How are fares calculated?
Fares are charged by the hour and begin to accrue once a bicycle has been unlocked. The fare timer stops once the bicycle has been parked and properly locked.
LimeBike aims to provide a sustainable solution to the first and last mile transportation problem by helping people move around their cities in an affordable and convenient way while eliminating their carbon footprint. We are here to empower future generations to change their behavior so we can save this planet together.
With that vision, we launched LimeBike in June 2017.
LimeBike is not just a tech mobility company. We are a people and relationships company first and foremost. And weʼre committed to building with you.
LimeBike aims to revolutionize mobility in cities and campuses by empowering residents with a greener, more efficient, and affordable transportation option that also improves urban sustainability.
Partnering with local key stakeholders and systematically deploying a fleet of smart-bikes that are enabled with GPS, wireless technology, and self-activating locks, LimeBike will dramatically improve urban mobility by making the first and last mile faster, cheaper, and healthier for riders.