For all the buzz that the bike-sharing conception get, the ill-treatment of these bicycles get just as much attention.
Because parties are terrible.
China’s Ofo, which has become the first bike-sharing start-up to be valued at over$ 1 billion in funding, countenances a huge brunt of that burden.
Thousands of its bicycles have been shed in heaps, found in creeks or locked up behind fencings; some by mean-spirited hooligans, others by parties meaning to hog the bicycles for themselves. You’re supposed to do now razz a bicycle and left open by the street corner for the next party, but some raise the bicycles into their complexes, intending to keep it as a private ride.
For that, Ofo has a solution: more bikes.
In an interrogation with Mashable , its co-founder Yu Xin, and VP of Ofo’s U.S. part, Grace Lin, been demonstrated that the company is dealing with consumers mistreating its bicycles in China by submerge cities with shared bikes.
The idea is to have consumers realise that the bicycles are a common stock, and that they don’t is a requirement to hog them because the next one is readily available, alleged Lin.
“When there are so many convenient bicycles that you can use, you don’t actually think they’re like something that is private property you want to occupy or injury, ” Lin said.
Ofo also claims that less than 1 percent of its bicycles get marred or misplaced. But with over a million bicycles in China already, less than 1 percent is enough to form the news, she added.
Ofo coming to your city
In China, Ofo brawls with another 30-odd bike-sharing competitors in the red-hot market.
And it’s already got its eye on world dominance. It plans to be in 10 countries by the end of 2017, Yu said.
In Singapore, where it’s launched its first service outside of China, Ofo has already residence 1,000 bicycles in the city, with plans to increase that number.
Meanwhile, it’s trialing activities in the London area, and also in San Diego, California.
But its game plan of submerge cities with bicycles isn’t likely to please city officials. In San Francisco, regulators had to propose weighs to curb bike-sharing fellowships from residence bicycles all over street corners.
And back home, Chinese officials in Shenzhen, Shanghai and Chengdu have also issued similar tells, arising in thousands of bicycles confiscated as government workers confront to clear wall street of these bikes.
Yu alleged Ofo plans to avoid conflict with regulators by expanding gradually, instead of laying out thousands of bicycles at once.
The company aims to introduce 50,000 bicycles in the U.S. following the completion of June.
The company has been able to potentially look forward to better user action outside of China.
“People in America and Singapore have better practices in bicycle usage[ they] ever want to park the bicycles in the best place, ” Yu find. “It is much easier to expand our service in such countries.”
Besides, Ofo was never meant to be China-only, he contributed. The busines doesn’t have a Chinese name, because he had imagined its yellow-bellied bicycles all over busy cities in the world from the start, Yu said.
UPDATE: March 17, 2017, 10:17 a.m. SGT CORRECTION: Such articles mistakenly referred to Yu Xin as founder Dai Wei. This has been rectified.