Introducing ofo – a STATION-FREE bike sharing service that lets you control your ride. Bike sharing is a great way to get from A to B quickly.
It’s a more eco-friendly way and/or a convenient method for getting exercise without investing in, or storing, your own bike.
Unfortunately there’s one shortfall: most bike share companies make you return the bike to an authorized parking station. What if there isn’t one near your destination? Ugh…now you have to walk.
This month ofo brought their $1 bike sharing platform to my neighborhood: Worcester, Massachusettes. Wait….did I say $1.00? Yep! ofo bike rentals are only $1 per hour and there’s no deposit. Just connect an active debit or credit card to the app and you’re ready to go.
Where are they? Everywhere in town! You can’t miss the bright yellow. Because riders can leave ofo bikes in any legal parking area, you never know where you’ll find one.
But HOW do you find them? The ofo app (available on Android and iPhone) uses GPS to show you where each available bike is located and tells you how far it is from you.
Starting Your ofo Ride is Simple – Once you’ve located an available ofo bike, just press “unlock” on the map and scan the QR code found on the back tire lock. When the bike is connected to your account, the lock will snap open and you’re ready to ride!
Ending Your Ride – Locking your bike is even easier! Just find a legal bike parking spot (bike rack or appropriate bike parking area), put down the kickstand, and open your app. Press the lock back into place with your hand. The app will register that the lock is in place and end your ride. Read More About How to Use ofo
Fun fact: There are over 6.5 million ofo bikes in circulation around the world. Started in Singapore, ofo is brand new to the United States. Exciting! But it does mean that ofo isn’t everywhere…yet. Right now you can find ofo bikes in Worcester, Massachusetts and Seattle, Washington.
Would you like ofo in YOUR city? Contact ofo and let them know you’d like to see them in your city. You can also sign up for local updates.
Not only is bike sharing great for you, it’s great for the environment and your city. Every mile travelled by bike lowers carbon emissions by .77 lbs (as compared to driving). To date, ofo riders have reduced aggregate carbon emissions by over 13,500 tons.
Are you ready to get moving?