If you’ve never tried a bike-sharing service in Sydney before, you ought to get used to availaing their services. China-based bike-sharing firm Ofo is set to enter Sydney, as hundreds of more bikes are expected to be seen on the region’s pavements.
However, Ofo – already the world’s largest company in terms of bike-sharing – wants to make a mark in Sydney. They want to make things “right.”
According to ABC Australia, this is thanks to what is called a GPS-based geofence. This allows bikes to be assigned to Ofo’s own team of operators, which ensure all the bikes that are used are redistributed, maintained, and always have a helmet ready.
Perhaps the most important part is that this team ensures all bikes are parked in the right places. These geofences have “zones” that are deemed as “preferred parking.” Users can see this inside the Ofo app.
This is efficient, especially when considering Ofo will be deploying around 1,000 bikes – 600 in Sydney, 200 in the Inner West, and 200 in Waverley.
Ofo said Australia is the place to be as there are transport “gaps” that can be filled with transport solutions such as bike-sharing systems.
This adds yet another fleet of bikes to the doorways and footpaths around Sydney’s Central Business District thanks to the two bike-sharing schemes already existing in the area. Ofo will be the next “in” thing after Reddy Go and oBike, which already allows users to leave bikes whenever they use them. Unfortunately, other residents see these instances as clutter in the region.
Unfortunately, Waverley Mayor John Wakefield said there are actually complaints being made to the improper “placement” of bikes in the area after use. While they wanted the services to continue, they want operators and users to be cooperative with each other as well.
Meanwhile, Lord Mayor Clover Moore of Sydney is positive with Ofo’s arrival, stating the new competitor may finally add more standards to the marketplace.