Mo­bike Rolls Out in UK

China Pictorial (English) - - Express -

June 30, Manch­ester, Eng­land: Girls ride Mo­bike’s shared bikes. Mo­bike, one of China’s largest bi­cy­cle-shar­ing com­pa­nies, launched ser­vice in Greater Manch­ester on June 29, its first ma­jor ex­pan­sion out­side Asia. About 1,000 bikes were put into use, some of which were un­loaded overnight in key lo­ca­tions such as train sta­tions, trans­porta­tion hubs and pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions for food, shop­ping, leisure and en­ter­tain­ment.

Mo­bike’s move in Manch­ester is just one ex­am­ple of how China’s bur­geon­ing shar­ing econ­omy is spread­ing glob­ally. The com­pany has huge am­bi­tions to ex­pand its ser­vice to 200 cities in 2017, mainly by ex­pand­ing in­ter­na­tion­ally. Its arch-ri­val Ofo Inc. has also joined the race for global ex­pan­sion.

Their ser­vices, which al­low bi­cy­cles to be rented with a smart­phone and parked any­where af­ter use, have re­de­fined short-dis­tance travel and spawned fierce com­pe­ti­tion in the Chi­nese mar­ket and abroad.

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