China’s billion-dollar bike-sharing revolution has already transformed the look and feel of cities around the country, with more than 100 million apps downloaded and billions of rides taken on many millions of bikes.
Now it is going global.
Last month, a Chinese company called Ofo made its first foray into the United States, delivering 1,000 bicycles to the streets of Seattle, with plans to expand nationally. From Italy to Kazakhstan, from Britain to Japan, from Singapore — Asia’s greenest city — to one of its most congested, Bangkok, Ofo and its main Chinese rival Mobike are on a breakneck race to expand across the globe.
Welcomed in many cities, but not by everyone, the companies are already encountering a backlash. Opponents have branded Ofo and Mobike a menace, a plague and a public nuisance.
Each of the two main Chinese companies has more than 7 million bikes in operation in over 150 cities, mostly in China, and each recently attracted $600 million to $700 million in new funding to finance their global expansions.
Bikes are typically fitted with GPS locators to enable users to find them via the app. Payment is minimal and made electronically.
Beijing, a city where bikes once ruled, has once again taken to two wheels, and most cyclists seem to use a shared bike these days. Greener and healthier to use, the bikes get commuters to and from public transit stations and discourage car use. They solve what planners call the “first-mile-last-mile problem,” helping people get from their homes to a bus stop, for example, or from a subway station to their final destination.
Dubbed “Uber for bikes,” they have proved much more popular than schemes based on docking stations. New York’s Citi Bike, with 10,000 bikes and 236,000 subscribers, is the largest operation in the United States. Compare that with Beijing, which has 700,000 shared bikes and 11 million registered users, nearly half the capital’s population. (Washington’s Capital Bikeshare program offers 3,700 bikes.)
Unlike arrangements based on docking stations in Washington and London, the dockless model doesn’t require government subsidies and is already spawning rival start-ups: California’s Spin and LimeBike narrowly beat Ofo to the punch in Seattle after the city pulled the plug on its subsidized bike-sharing program.
Xiaomi was launched it's budget-friendly smartphone Redmi Note 8 in last month in India, alongside Redmi Note 8 Pro. Now Xiaomi has announced that the Redmi Note 8 smartphone will go for a sale on November 12 in India.
Xiaomi was launched it's budget-friendly smartphone Redmi Note 8 in India last month back. Yesterday Redmi Note 8 went for a sale in Amazon as part of its weekly flash sales. Once again Xiaomi has revealed the Redmi Note 8 next sales date on its website. Read on for all the details about the Redmi Note 8 sales details, including its price in India, specifications, and sale offers.
Looking for the best 4G smartphones under Rs 15,000 right now? Here we have listed out the best mobiles under Rs 15,000 in India for November 2019 based on their specs, performance, price and more. These are the best phones available in the market right now for this budget.
Samsung Galaxy A30s and Galaxy A50s launched in India in September 2019. Now Both Galaxy A50s and A30s have been received price cut in India.
Looking to buy a new smartphone under RS.7,000? Here, we'll tell you which smartphones are the best to buy in India right now.
Xiaomi has finally launched the long-time rumored smartphone Redmi Note 8T in France on Wednesday.
Xiaomi has launched its first 108MP Penta camera setup smartphone "Mi CC9 Pro" on November 5 in China. Yesterday it introduced its global version-Mi Note 10 in Spain.
Realme X2 pro was launched in China last month with the starting price of CNY 2699. Now the Realme X2 Pro is all set to launch on November 20 in India.
Xiaomi's Redmi Note 8 Pro smartphone made its debut in India last month and has been made available for flash sale ever since. Today the Redmi Note 8 Pro is set to go on sale in India at 12PM via Amazon and Mi.com.
Xiaomi will unveil the world's first Penta camera setup smartphone "Mi CC9 Pro" in China on November 5. Meanwhile, Xiaomi has officially announced the launch date of Mi Note 10 on its twitter page. The Mi Note 10, which is said to be a global version of Mi CC9 Pro will be launched on November 6 in Madrid, Spain.