From a press release:
“ofo, the world’s first and largest station-free bike sharing company, announces its launch in Washington, D.C. today.
“We have seen great engagement with our bicycles in the U.S. so far and are thrilled to bring ofo to Washington, D.C.,” said Dai Wei, founder and CEO. “As we continue to expand to new regions, more and more cities show great interest in ofo because of its convenience, positive environmental impact and health benefits. We look forward to bringing ofo to more cities across the U.S. soon.”
ofo will deploy 400 of its bright yellow bikes over the course of its first week. In accordance with the city’s pilot policy, ofo bicycles will be rolling out in every ward, including high-traffic areas like Foggy Bottom, Farragut Square, Dupont Circle, Chinatown and Union Station. Users can download the ofo app to find nearby bikes and scan the QR code located on either the frame or smart lock to unlock them. Once a trip is completed, users will be charged a fee of $1 for each hour ridden.
Rides throughout the city are free until October 22nd, with additional promotions taking place throughout the coming months.
As in all other cities where it operates, ofo will have local, on-the-ground maintenance and management staff to assist with bike parking and repairs.
“Washington, D.C. is a great candidate for station-free bike sharing,” said Grace Lin, vice president of ofo U.S. “We are happy to improve access and transportation options for the high number of residents, commuters and visitors who prefer not to or cannot rely on driving, taxis or public transportation to get where they are going.”
Founded in 2014, ofo pioneered the concept of station-free bike-sharing. Today it operates in over 180 cities across 15 countries and generates more than 25 million daily transactions. Washington, D.C. marks ofo’s fourth official city in the United States, in addition to Seattle, Washington; Worcester, Massachusetts; and Revere, Massachusetts. ofo will be launching in Aurora, Colorado and additional cities in Massachusetts within the month.”