Articles on Dockless Bike-Sharing Companies from China

Since the end of last year numerous bike sharing start-ups have emerged in China all advertising that they do not require docking stations but that their bikes can be left anywhere. However, this has caused multiple problems in China as well as in Europe  where several of these companies have also launched their bikes.

Specific problems are illegal parking, clogged sidewalks, vandalism, theft, inaccuracy of GPS, low quality of bikes and thus less comfort of riding, too few maintenance workers, deposits are being paid back late, overcapacity of shared bikes, threat to the image of cycling as well as operators are more interested in gathering data than satisfying customers.

On this page, news articles about this emerging problem are collected.

Platform for European Bicycle Sharing & Systems – PEBSS

In order to help cities review and evaluate the services of bike sharing companies, ECF developed two policy documents in 2017 in collaboration with UITP, NABSA and BikePlus. These documents are the Policy Framework for Smart Public-Use Bike Share and the Common Position Paper on Unlicensed Dockless Bike Share.

Dockless Bike Share in China

Dockless bike share creates chaos through illegal parking, vandalism, theft, too few maintenance workers as well as inaccuracy of GPS information and companies are aggressively competing for territory and investment.


December 18, 2018: Financial Times “Chinese bike-sharing start-up Ofo on verge of bankruptcy”

November 26, 2018: Caixing Global “Monday Tech Briefing: No Cash for Ofo Customers”

August 25, 2018: BaiDu “0f0”

August 5, 2018: All Tech Asia “Is bike sharing startup ofo going bankrupt?”

July 27, 2018: Business Management Review “Intelligent lock suppliers for OFO said that OFO owed service fee in unpaid expense over half a year”

July 19, 2018: Tech Crunch “Ofo shuts down many international markets to focus on profitability”

July 3, 2018: Business Management Review “The second half of bike-sharing: blood loss continues, hematopoietic difficulties”

June 14, 2018: Deep Web “The “Second Spring” Illusion of Shared Bikes: A Traumatic Existential Challenge Is Still Ahead of ofo and Mobike”

June 13, 2018: Legal Weekly “It is alleged that OFO conducts mass layoffs and misappropriates users’ deposits, and its independent development prospect is unpredictable”

June 5, 2018: All Tech Asia “Is bike sharing startup ofo going bankrupt?”

June, 2018: “The “Second Spring” Illusion of Shared Bikes: A Traumatic Existential Challenge Is Still Ahead of ofo and Mobike”

March 13, 2018: Tech Crunch “Chinese bike-sharing startup Ofo raises $866M in new financing led by Alibaba Group”

March 5, 2018: Asia Times “Ofo back on track with Alibaba bike-share deal”

March 5, 2018: Deal Street Asia “Alibaba affiliates inject $280m in bike sharing firm Ofo – Report”

February 8, 2018: Chinese Finance Times “Financial Distress in Bike Sharing Industry”

February 3, 2018: Soho Finance “Ofo life and death looting: capital chain emergency waiting for Ali to save the field”


December 10, 2018: Financial Times “Mobike faces probe by Berlin data protection regulator”

February 20, 2018: World Resources Institute “Q&A with Davis Wang: Beyond Bicycles, Financial Sustainability, and Why Mobike Is a Public Transport Company

February 13, 2018: Techniques de l’ingénieur “Mobike, service de vélo partagé vraiment durable, déferle à Paris”

February 20, 2017: SCMP “Bicycle-rental app Mobike draws investment from Temasek Holdings”

January 4, 2017: SCMP “Mobike gets US$215 million in series D funding”


September 26, 2018: Channel News Asia “More than 58,000 oBikes removed from public spaces after company went into liquidation”

July 11, 2018: Spiegel Obike hinterlässt Schulden und Schrotträder”

June 26, 2018: Today “oBike goes into liquidation amid mounting complaints “

June 25, 2018: Kopitiam Bot “Users seek refunds for deposits as oBike exists Singapore bike-sharing market”


August 28, 2018: China Daily “Bike makers hit hard by sharp slowdown in sharing sector”

July 30, 2018: Financial Times Bike-sharing backpedal puts China manufacturers in a spin”

July 11, 2018: EJ Insight “ going out of business amid financial troubles”

June 18, 2018: Sputnik News “I cimiteri di biciclette in Cina”

May 15, 2018: BBC “How cheap dockless hire bikes are flooding the world”

May 11, 2018: BBC “The problem of China’s huge bike graveyards”

May 7, 2018: Financia Lounge “Chinese Bike Sharing ends in an Environmental Disaster”

May 3, 2018: YiCai Global “Ofo Comes Bottom of the Class in Shenzhen’s Bike-Sharing Assessment”

May 3, 2018 “Beijing rolls out electronic fences and reinforces parking guidelines for bike rentals”

May 1, 2018: The Guardian “The unexpected beauty of China’s bicycle graveyards – in pictures”

April 29, 2018: Welt “Chinesischer Bikesharing-Anbieter will Nutzer erziehen”

April 4, 2018: Financial Times Meituan-Dianping buys top bike-sharing company Mobike”

April 2, 2018: Time “The Trouble with Sharing: China’s Bike Fever Has Reached Saturation Point”

March 23, 2018: YiCai Global “Bike-Sharer Xiaoming Faces Liquidation Following Court Ruling”

March 22, 2018: The Atlantic “The Bike-Share Oversupply in China: Huge Piles of Abandoned and Broken Bicycles”

March 22, 2018: Quartz “Photos: What happens when your bike share service goes out of business”

March 19, 2018: YiCai Global “Didi’s Bike-Sharing Plans Hit Uphill Struggle in Shenzhen”

March 15, 2018: GB Times “China’s rental service complaints experience a near-eightfold rise in 2017”

March 15, 2018: BikeBiz “Mobike has the capacity to make 50,000 bikes per day in its own factories”

March 13, 2018: Wall Street Journal “Uber for Bikes Is a Commuter Dream… When It Works”

March 9, 2018: China Global “China continues its growing ascendancy in global bike-sharing market”

March 8, 2018: technode “Global bike rental is about to get even bigger: Cheetah Global report”

March 1, 2018: YiCai Global “Mobike, Ofo End Price War at Top of China’s Bike-Sharing Food Chain”

February 28, 2018: Tech in Asia “Bike-share startup to charge bad riders more”

February 22, 2018: All Tech Asia “China’s bike-sharing sector reshuffles as smaller players go bankrupt”

February 11, 2018: Ecns “More than 20 of 77 bike-sharing startups closed in China”

February 8, 2018: Abacus “Spurned users decide to sell shared bikes to make up for their lost deposits”

February 8, 2018: YiCai Global “Chinese Regulators Devise Plan to Regulate Shared-Bike Deposits”

February 1, 2018: Wired “Bring on the Bikocalypse”

January 26, 2018: Forbes “After Bike Sharing Explodes In China, Local Authorities Now Move To Clamp Down”

January 25, 2018: ITDP “Regulating Dockless Bikeshare: Lessons from Tianjin, China”

January 25, 2018: China Plus “DiDi launches shared bike brand of its own”

January 18, 2018: Xinhua Net “ofo to share big data of bicycles with 200 Chinese cities”

January 17, 2018: Xinhua Net “DiDi launches bike-sharing service platform”

January 16, 2018: Kr. Asia “Raise or Fail? Ofo Reportedly Seeking New Financing to Sustain Operation”

January 15, 2018: China Money Network “Alibaba Said To Buy $3B Stakes In Chinese Bike Sharing Firm Ofo From GSR”

January 12, 2018: World Resources Institute “Chinese Cities Aim to Rein in Bike-Sharing Boom”

January 9, 2018: Bikeshare News “How Chinese dockless bike-share firms are managing customers deposits?”

January 8, 2018: All Tech Asia “Can popular Chinese bike-sharing startups Mobike & Ofo replicate their success overseas?”

January 4, 2018: All Tech Asia “5 Chinese bike-sharing startups bankrupted in 2017”

December 29, 2017: China Money Network “China’s Bike-Sharing War far from over as Hellobike raises $500M this month to escalate competition”

December 29, 2017: CNN “China’s bike-sharing frenzy has turned into a bubble”

December 20, 2017: Technode “Bike rental companies aren’t collecting abandoned bikes because it’s too expensive: report”

December 19, 2017: China Economic Review “Rumors heat up over Chinese bike-sharing mega-merger”

December 18, 2017: SCMP “Mingbike becomes first Chinese bike-sharing firm to be sued over deposit defaults”

December 14, 2017: Intelligent Transport “Research shows bike-sharing is altering urban lifestyles in Shanghai”

December 12, 2017: YiCai Global “China Consumers Association Urges Authorities to Regulate Shared-Bike Deposits”

December 9, 2017: Wall Street Journal “China’s Startups Are Only Pawns in the Game: Bike-sharing battles are the latest evolution in China’s tech titan wars”

December 7, 2017: SCMP “Bike-share firm Mobike’s CEO calls for clearer rules to help sharing-economy businesses in China”

December 1, 2017: Panda Daily “Mobike Denies Misappropriating Deposit, Says Users Can Withdraw Any Time”

November 27, 2017: YiCai Global “Southern Chinese City Xiamen Banishes 80,000 Shared Bikes From Streets”

November 25, 2017: The Guardian “Chinese bike share graveyard a monument to industry’s arrogance”

November 25, 2017: Global News “Chinese ‘bike graveyards’ reveal cracks in country’s booming bike-share industry”

November 24, 2017: Tech in Asia “Wheels fall off a third start-up as bike-sharing boom grinds to a halt”

November 24, 2017: The Skift “Bikesharing in China lacks a sustainable Business Model”  

November 24, 2017: SCMP “Winter descends on China’s once-hot bike sharing market as another player goes bust”

November 23, 2017: The Economist “China’s bicycle-sharing giants are still trying to make money”

November 19, 2017: Fortune “China’s bike-sharing bubble goes bust”

November 19, 2017: Süddeutsche “Wie der Hass of oBikes zum Instagram-Trend wurde”

November 18, 2017: SCMP “Chinese prosecutors tell bike-sharing firms: clean up your game or we will act”

November 17, 2017: Financial Times “China’s bike-sharing bubble bursts as Bluegogo fails”

November 16, 2017: Quartz “China’s bike-sharing startups are heading for marriage or death”

November 16, 2017: BikeBiz “China’s 3rd largest dockless firm collapses”

November 3, 2017: Tech in Asia “Opinion: Why bike-sharing in China is not sustainable”

October 27, 2017: The Straits Times “oBike launches geofencing feature for its shared bicycles to curb indiscriminate parking”

October 24, 2017: China Daily “CCPIT deal to accelerate Mobike’s global expansion”

October 10, 2017: Cycling Industry News “Bike share bubble on the brink of bursting in China, operators shift focus overseas”

October 10, 2017: China Daily “Recycling takes on a whole new meaning”

October 9, 2017: Cycling Industry News “Dockless bike share firms to be given parking spaces by cities?”

October 4, 2017: Bloomberg “The China Bike Rental Money Cycle”

October 4, 2017: City Metric “Do the economics of bike-sharing schemes stack up?”

October 4, 2017: Mashable “China’s bike-sharing heavyweight ofo has expanded again with a plan to stop vandalism”

October 3, 2017: Bloomberg Mobike, Ofo Investors in Talks to Merge China’s Biggest Bike-Sharing Startups”

September 30, 2017: China Daily “Chinese cities regulate bike sharing service”

September 26, 2017: Xinhua Net “Central China seizes over 3,000 shared bikes for haphazard parking”

September 20, 2017: China Daily “Beijing gears up technical, parking rules for shared bikes”

September 18, 2017: China Daily “Hangzhou halts shared electric bikes”

September 14, 2017: Linkedin “Bike sharing in China: I predicted its failure before its short-lived boom”

September 13, 2017: Xinhua Net “Southwest China city halts plague of shared bikes”

September 13, 2017: YiCai Global “Tianjin, Xian Authorities Warn Against Bike-Sharing Platform Coolqui After Delayed Deposit Refunds”

September 12, 2017: SCMP “As China’s bike-sharing economy booms, its manufacturers suffer”

September 7, 2017: Caixing Global “Beijing Puts Brakes on Shared Bikes”

September 2, 2017: New York Times “As Bike-Sharing Brings Out Bad Manners, China Asks, What’s wrong with us?”

August 25, 2017: China Plus “Shenzhen gets tough on bike-sharing operators”

August 22, 2017: Quartz “Chinese cities are saying ‘enough already’ to bike-sharing services run rampant”

August 4, 2017: SCMP “China sets out rules to govern booming bike-sharing industry”

July 31, 2017: Crunchbase “With Profit Taking A Backseat To Growth, Investors Fuel Bike-Sharing Hype in China”

July 6, 2017: Daily Mail “Need a ball or an umbrella? In China there’s a sharing app for that”

July 5, 2017: Tech Crunch “Chinese bike-sharing startup Ofo raises $700M led by Alibaba”

July 3, 2017: De Morgen “Deze foto vertel het trieste verhaal van een enorm leenfietsenkerkhof in China”

June 21, 2017: Sixth Tone “Are China’s Bike-Sharing Companies About to Go Bust?”

June 15, 2017: Tech Crunch “China’s Mobike raises $600M to expand its bikes on-demand service worldwide”

June 2, 2017: BBC “Chinese bike share firm goes bust after losing 90% of bikes”

May 23, 2017: Business Insider “China seeks safe steering of bike-sharing boom to clear cluttered streets”

May 14, 2017: SCMP “Chinese bicycle makers look abroad for survival as sharing apps crimp sales at home”

May 5, 2017: Financial Times “China’s bicycle-sharing boom poses hazards for manufacturers”

April 9, 2017: SCMP “Why China’s bike-sharing boom is causing headaches”

April 3, 2017: Wall Street Journal “Share Bikes Come to China , Where Some of Them Meet Grisly Fates”

March 22, 2017: The Guardian “Uber for bikes: how ‘dockless’ cycles flooded China – and are heading overseas”

March 22, 2017: China Daily “Sharing apps shake up Chinese bike manufacturers”

March 15, 2017: Shanghaiist “Shanghai prepares to crack down on bike-sharing apps, requests temporary ban on new shared bicycles”

March 2, 2017: Shanghaiist “Look: 4,000 seized shared bikes brighten up Shanghai parking lot”

Dockless Bike Sharing in Europe

January 15, 2019: Oxford Mail “Dockless bike firm Ofo could abandon Oxford due to financial difficulties”

January 10, 2019: The Guardian “Ofo cycle hire firm pulls out of London”

December 20, 2018: Publico “Empresa chinesa de partilha de bicicletas Ofo em risco de falência”

December 18, 2018: Le Parisien “Les vélos en free floating Ofo mis «en pause» à Paris”

November 5, 2018: Ideal “Obike desaparece de Granada sin devolver el dinero a los usuarios”

October 11, 2018: Cambirdgeshire “Ofo is now refusing to cover these parts of Cambridge”

October 9, 2018: La Stampa “OBike scompare, non le sue bici. Finiranno a un’altra azienda”

October 3, 2018: Der Standard “Obike-Fiasko: 1.000 Räder in Wien eingesammelt, Schicksal unklar”

September 21, 2018: Chronicle Live “Mobike dramatically reduces size of cycling zone in Newcastle and Gateshead”

September 18, 2018: La Vanguardia “El gigante chino de las bicicletas compartidas Mobike se instala en l’Hospitalet”

August 29, 2018: HAZ “Die große Pleite mit Obike”

August 23, 2018: Hessenschau “Frankfurt sammelt verwaiste Obikes ein”

July 25, 2018: Mitti “Globalt företag har dumpat cyklar i Stockholm”

July 21, 2018: Publico “OFO abandona Madrid”

July 20, 2018: Berliner Zeitung “Mobike startet durch Berlin bekommt noch mehr orangegraue Mieträder”

July 14, 2018: Tagesspiegel “Ofo gibt in Berlin auf – Konkurrent Obike insolvent”

July 11, 2018: FAZ “In den Städten werden Leihfahrräder zum Problem”

June 29, 2018: Bruzz “Einde van oBike lijkt nabij”

June 29, 2018: Varese News “Rinaldo Ballerio: “Bici nuove, guai vecchi”

June 28, 2018: Le Monde “A Paris, une charte de bonne conduite pour les deux-roues en « free floating »”

June 28, 2018: Varese News “Le Ofo sono andate via da Varese, in silenzio”

June 19, 2018:  Promo Guida “Bologna, il bike-sharing e pronto a partire”

June 18, 2018: TIC Beat “Las bicicletas compartidas de Mobike llegan a Madrid”

June 4, 2018: TAZ “Limetten-Räder ausgequetscht”

June 2018: Agora Verkehrswende “Bikesharing im Wandel”

May 12, 2018: RP “Leihradanbieter Mobike startet Angebot in Düsseldorf”

May 7, 2018: Süddeutsche “Die Münchner Obikes kommen nach Dortmund”

May 7, 2018:  Fleet Europe “A third bike share operators launches in Antwerp”

May 6, 2018: Handelsblatt “Shared bikes take over Berlin”

May 4, 2018: Gründerszene “Ich habe nicht das Gefühl, dass wir in Berlin zu viele Leihräder haben“

April 18, 2018: Cambridge News “Ofo admits they ‘got off on the wrong foot’ in Cambridge as more dockless bike companies on the way”

April 16, 2018: ZEIT “Im Gestrüpp der bunten Räder” 

April 14, 2018: The Guardian “On your bikes … testing the new breed of dockless cycle hire schemes”

April 9, 2018: Gründerszene “Jetzt kommen die E-Bikes zum Teilen”

April 3, 2018: Handelsblatt “Rental bikes company hits bump in the road in Germany”

April 2, 2018: Zeit “Verfahren gegen Fahrradverleih wegen Datenschutzverstößen”

March 28, 2018: aiomag “Nextbike, Mobike und Co: Warum gibt es so viel Bikesharing?”

March 26, 2018: Süddeutsche “oBike zieht Grossteil der Räder aus München ab”

March 24, 2018: Ravenna Web TV “Ravenna: Presentato il nuovo servizio di biciclette pubbliche oBike”

March 22, 2018: news rimini “A Rimini il bike sharing riparte dal free-floating”

March 21, 2018: Get Mobility “GoBee Bike Sharing zieht sich aus Europa zurück”

March 13, 2018: Sere Mail Ragno “Mobike: a Pesaro arriva il bike sharing cittadino”

March 12, 2018: The Telegraph “The rise of the dockless bicycle – street litter, or the future of public transport?”

March 12, 2018: The Guardian “Bike wars: Chinese bike-share giants wheel out UK expansion plans”

March 11, 2018: Buten un binnen “US-Firma started Fahrradverleih in Bremen”

March 8, 2018: “Bologna invests public funds in its dockless bikeshare program with Mobike!”

March 7, 2018: Atlas Lisboa “oBike Falls Afoul of Portugal’s Bureaucracy and Unscrupulous Users”

March 6, 2018: “Bike sharing a Bologna, entro l’estate le prime 1000 bici di Mobike”

March 2, 2018: Aktiv Online “Bike-Sharing: Anbieter aus Asien drängen in deutsche Städte – was haben sie vor?”

March 2, 2018: Financial Times Asian bike-sharing companies find road is tougher in Europe”

March 1, 2018: Kölner Stadtanzeiger “Leihfahrräder: Zwei neue Anbieter aus Fernost wollen in Köln an den Start gehen”

February 27, 2018: mobike “Mobike expands across Newcastle”

February 26, 2018: Le Monde “Vélos libérés, vélos martyrisés : jette l’éponge en France”

February 26, 2018: Berliner Zeitung “Leihräder US-Start-Up drängt mit E-Bikes in Berliner Markt”

February 25, 2018: The Guardian “ pulls out of France due to ‘mass destruction’ of its dockless bike fleet”

February 22, 2018: El Confidencial “Colgadas en árboles y rajadas: vandalismo en España contra las bicis compartidas”

February 19, 2018: Wirtschaftswoche “Der Leihrad-Boom erfasst die Grossstädte” 

February 13, 2018: r.IT “Bike sharing, ora è ufficiale: Gobee lascia l’Italia. “Troppi atti vandalici contro le bici”

February 13, 2018: nova radio “GoBee in crisi, ma il Comune ha una soluzione – ASCOLTA”

February 12, 2018: Controradio “Bike sharing: 3mila Mobike bloccate in Olanda e Gobee arranca a Firenze, rischio ritirata”

February 9, 2018: “Gobee bike, colosso asiatico delle bici a noleggio, dopo la Francia abbandona pure Torino”

February 9, 2018: Handelsblatt “Ist Bikesharing wirklich eine gute Idee?”

February 8, 2018: Metro “Il bike sharingsi fa in cinque”

February 7, 2018: Bruzz “GoBee.Bike laat fietsen gewoon slingeren”

February 7, 2018: Shifter “oBike arrives in Lisbon with 350 shared bikes”

February 5, 2018: Oxford Mail “Oxford dockless bike firms set to flood the city with more bikes”

January 31, 2018: Kieler Nachrichten “Zwei neue Anbieter gehen an den Start”

January 29, 2018: bikebiz “Ofo Welcomes OBike’s Dockless Exit From Oxford”

January 29, 2018: nrc “Met één account altijd een deelfiets bij de hand”

January 28, 2018: Social Journalist “Stadt Köln greift durch – Neue Regeln für das BikeSharing

January 25, 2018: Giornale Ttismo “Bike-sharing a Roma, tra entusiasmos e soste selvagge: “Eppure basterebbe un quadratino di vernice” 

January 24, 2018: Le Figaro “Vélos en libre-service: Mobike débarque à Paris”

January 17, 2018: bikebiz “Urbo To Hit The Streets Of Ipswich

January 16, 2018: BBC “Police refuse to collect vandalised Sheffield Ofo bikes”

January 16, 2018: The Star “Sheffield’s new ‘scan and go’ bikes damaged and abandoned by vandals”

January 13, 2018: Granada Digital “Un joven tendrá que indemnizar a oBike con 166, 94 euros por destrozar una bicicleta de alquiler en Granada”

January 11, 2018: ACE “Erste Städte wehren sich gegen Leihfahrrad-Chaos”

January 10, 2018: Reuters “Bike share firm Gobee quits Brussels, Lille over vandalism”

January 10, 2018: ENCS “Bike wars heat up as 1,000 more cycles hit UK streets”

January 10, 2018: Le Monde “Une nouvelle offre de vélos en libre-service à l’assaut des villes”

January 9, 2018: RTBF “La société de vélos en libre-service quitte la capitale “à cause du vandalisme””

Jauary 9, 2018: Le Figaro “Gobee bike quitte Lille, Reims et Bruxelles”

January 9, 2018: Losbuffo “Bikesharing a Milano: Quando troppa liberta non paga” 

January 9, 2018: VRT “Deelfietsdienst stopt ermee: “We kunnen Brussels vandalisme niet meer aan”

January 5, 2018: Spiegel “Bikesharing: Geräderte Grossstädte”

January 4, 2018: La Opinion de Malaga “La platforma Ofo instalara mas de mil bicicletas compartidas en el campus”

January 3, 2018: L’union “380 vélos hors d’état sur 400: à Reims le vandalisme a eu la peau des Gobee bike”

January 3, 2018: Car Free “Le vélo jetable arrive en France”

December 30, 2017: Contre Points “Gobee Bike, Ofo, Obike: échec programmé pour les concurrents de Vélib?”

December 26, 2017: El Mundo “EL Ayuntamiento de Madrid quiere poner orden a la invasion de bicicletas de alquiler”

December 21, 2017: Vienna Online “Geringe Fahrrad-Nutzung im Winter: ofo-Anbieter reduziert Bikes in Wien”

December 21, 2017: rtlZ “Amsterdam geeft omstreden deelfiets een tweede kans”

December 21, 2017: Frankfurter Neue Presse “Mobilität: Stadt stellt Regeln für Leihfahrräder auf”

December 21, 2017: El Tio del Mazo “oBike busca socioa locales para reaparcar y mantener bicis en Madrid y Granada”

December 13, 2017: Bikeshare News “The tough experience of Gobee.Bike in Lille”

December 13, 2017: Agenparl “Roma, Meleo: con bike sharing a flusso libero GoBeeBike Roma apre a operatori leader in Europa”

December 12, 2017: Manchester Evening News “Vandalism to Manchester’s mobikes has forced owners to write off 70 bikes in just six months”

December 11, 2017: Reuters “LimeBike expands to Europe as cycle-sharing rivalry mounts”

December 8, 2017: La Voix du Nord “Vélos volés ou détériorés… réduit la voilure”

December 7, 2017: Channel News Asia “Bike-sharing provider oBike suffers global data breach”

December 6, 2017: Le Progres “Vélos de location sans borne : ils arrivent !”

December 6, 2017: La Provincia di Varese “Bici abbandonate e rotte. È allarme a Gavirate”

December 6, 2017: Le Parisien “Paris : Ofo, le géant chinois du vélo en libre-service arrive aujourd’hui”

December 5, 2017: Le Figaro “Vélo sans borne : le géant chinois Ofo arrive à Paris”

December 5, 2017: Nordmilano 24 “Bike Sharing, si parte. In arrivo 12.000 biciclette nella Città Metropolitana”

December 3, 2017: The Guardian “Is shared cycling in London on a road to nowhere?”

December 1, 2017: Knowles Warwick “Bike sharing scheme coming to Sheffield”

November 30, 2017: Tagesschau “Verleiher oBike: Datenleck bei Fahrradfahrt”

November 28, 2017: BikeBiz “Five minutes with: oBike UK”

November 28, 2017: NBD “Ofo gearing up to put 150,000 bikes on London’s streets”

November 28, 2017: N-TV Expansion auch nach DeutschlandSharing-Hype füllt Chinas Fahrradfriedhöfe”

November 27, 2017: Il Sole 24 Ore “La guerra del bike-sharing: così le bici cinesi low cost «invadono» il mercato italiano”

November 24, 2017: Norway Today “oBike with dock less service”

November 21, 2017: RBB “Mobike started mit 700 Leihrädern in Berlin”

November 19, 2017: Hannoversche Allgemeine “Kurz nach Start: Mieträder von oBike beschädigt”

November 16, 2017: Le Monde “La Mairie de Paris s’inquiète de l’arrivée des vélos en libre-service sans station”

November 16, 2017: Viabilitalia “oBike: da oggi le prime 500 biciclette a Torino”

November 16, 2017: Viabilitalia “Firenze: da dicembre 4.000 bici a flusso libero in piu”

November 11, 2017: RBB Datensammeln gehört offenbar zum Geschäftsmodell”

November 10, 2017: Bloomberg “Bike-Sharing Upstarts Are Flooding Europe With Cheap Cycles”

November 9, 2017: Le Progres “Un nouveau vélo à louer, hyper connecté va débarquer à Lyon”

November 9, 2017: BikeBiz “oBike expands into ten new countries”

November 6, 2017: Hannoversche Allgemeine “Hannover droht eine Invasion von Billig-Leihrädern”

October 30, 2017: Eastern Daily Press “Yellow army! Dockless bike share company ofo to launch in Norwich”

October 29, 2017: Süddeutsche “Tausende Mieträder verstopfen europäische Großstädte”

October 27, 2017: Die Presse “Bikesharing: Wien will Verhaltenskodex für asiatische Anbieter”

October 27, 2017: Bruzz “Nieuwe deelfietsen: ‘Zo veel mogelijk, zo sneel mogelijk'”

October 23, 2017: Oxford Mail “Heap of broken dockless bikes spotted in Oxford as more deployed in the city”

October 23, 2017: Go Press Mobility “Free floating bike-sharing ‘banned’ before it arrived”

October 20, 2017: Reuters “Paris wants to regulate Asian bike-share operators”

October 17, 2017: Xpats “oBike arrives in Brussels to annoyance of mobility minister”

October 10, 2017: Frankfurter Neue Presse Geschäft mit Leihfahrrädern boomt in Frankfurt”

October 9, 2017: Le Figaro “ après Lille, le nouveau service de vélo en libre-service arrive à Paris”

October 4, 2017: Fahrrad Wien “Abstellen des Fahrrads – Tips from Austria”

October 4, 2017: Milano Today “Milano ha un problema con il bike sharing a flusso libero: bici devastate dai vandali“

October 2, 2017: Go Press Mobility “Tsunami van Aziatische zwerffietsen rolt naar België”

September 26, 2017: “Amsterdam to seize unauthorized hire scheme bikes”

September 25, 2017: British Cycling “British Cycling joins forces with Mobike to get two million people on bikes by 2020”

September 25, 2017: BDaily “Smart bike sharing platform Mobike pulls into Newscastle”

September 22, 2017: City AM “Bike share startup Ofo’s more than doubling its cycles on London roads – and beyond”

September 22, 2017: BRUZZ ” Les vélos partagés oBike sont arrivés à Bruxelles”

September 22, 2017: BRUZZ “Deelfiets oBike: geen overdeeld succes in andere landen”

September 21, 2017: Algemeen Dagblad “oBike heeft de handen vol aan neergekwakte fietsen”

September 15, 2017: Süddeutsche “O-bike im Härtetest”

September 12, 2017: Bike Europe “Rental Bike Giant oBike Invades Germany”

September 6, 2017: Neue Zürcher Zeitung “Die seltsamen Zahlen von O-Bike”

September 5, 2017: Financial Times “China’s top bike-sharing groups battle for London”

September 5, 2017: Wired “China’s Ofo is bringing its dockless bike sharing tech to London”

September 5, 2017: engadget “London is now awash with bike-sharing schemes”

September 4, 2017: tz “Leihradl-Wahnsinn in München: ‘Es ist ein Saustall'”

September 3, 2017: Milano Repubblica “Milano, bici leggera e facile ma pedalate lente: la prova su strada del bike sharing libero”

August 31, 2017: “Was es mit den gelben Fahrrädern in München auf sich hat”

August 31, 2017: Washington Post “China is introducing a new bike-share system in cities around the world. But not everyone’s thrilled.”

August 30, 2017: Rijnmond “oBike wil overlast deelfietsen in Rotterdam tegengaan”

August 30, 2017: Abendzeitung München “Bezirksausschuss fordert : Weniger oBike Radl in Sendling”

August 26, 2017: China Daily “China’s bike sharing system to be launched in Vienna”

August 24, 2017: Focus “oBike in München: Singapur-Mieträder überfluten die Stadt – das steckt dahinter”

August 21, 2017: The Independent “Bike-sharing scheme set to arrive in Oxford after it is rolled out in Cambridge”

August 20, 2017: Handelsblatt “Bike-sharing Startups Fight for Cyclists”

August 15, 2017: Süddeutsche “Leihräder aus Fernost drängen nach München”

August 9, 2017: Wall Street Journal “Asian Bike-Share Startups Have Global Ambitions – but Can They Swerve Potholes?”

August 9, 2017: Tsüri “Acthung Datenkrake! oBike sammelt Nutzerdaten und verkauft diese”

August 6, 2017: SCMP “Chinese Bike-sharing services attract more than 100 million users in the past year”

August 3, 2017: City Lab “Amsterdam’s Fight Back Against Rogue Bike Share”

August 3, 2017: Go Press Mobility “Amsterdam to ban free-floating bicycle-sharing”

August 2, 2017: Zeit “Mietrad: Die Invasion der China-Räder”

August 2, 2017: Portal Giovani “Mobike, il bike sharing a flusso libero arriva a Firenze”

July 18, 2017: Tagesanzeiger “Zürich nervt sich über neuen Veloverleih”

July 12, 2017: Bicycle Retailer “Competition heats up as Chinese companies target global bike share markets”

July 11, 2017: Bike Europe “With $700 Million Chinese Bike Sharing Firm ofo Targets Europe”

June 22, 20017: Xinhua Net “News Analysis: Bike-sharing companies spearhead China’s output of innovation overseas”

April 20, 2017: Wired “Look out Cambridge , here comes Ofo – China’s Uber for bikes”

Other Articles on Dockless Bike-Sharing

April 12, 2018: Business Insider “The bike-sharing economy is shaking up the transportation market worldwide”

March 13, 2018: All Tech Asia “Hellobike to offer deposit-free policy to millions to secure market confidence”

February 8, 2018: World Resources Institute “Dockless Bike-Sharing Is Reshaping Cities – But We’re Not Sure How Yet

January 23, 2018: TechNode “Updated: Alibaba rumored to deepen involvement in bike-rentals with upcoming $1 bln Hellobike investment round”

January 17, 2018: Global Environment Facility “Bike-sharing Data and Cities: Lessons from China’s Experience”

January 15, 2017: YiCai Global “Ofo Denies Cash Crunch Report, Takes Legal Steps Against Tencent-Backed Publisher”

January 14, 2017: The Straits Times “oBike makes foray into delivery service”

January 9, 2017: CNN “China’s big Uber rival to launch its own bike-sharing service”

January 9, 2018: Financial Times Ride-hailing leader Didi enters China’s bike-sharing battle”

January 5, 2018: Intelligent Transport “oBike hits major milestone of 10 million trips globally”

January 4, 2018: Institute for Transportation and Development Policy “Dockless Bikeshare: What we know so far”

January 3, 2018: SCMP “Didi Chuxing to expand reach into China’s bike sharing market with acquisition of Bluegogo”

December 29, 2017: Tech Node “Mobike officially launches ride-hailing service , first testing in Guizhou”

December 27, 2017: The New Paper “oBike to launch own cryptocurrency that users can earn while riding”

December 19, 2017: The Economist “How bike-sharing conquered the world”

December 19, 2017: Tech Crunch “Mobike lads investment from Line to grow its bike-sharing service in Japan”

December 9, 2017: Zukunft Mobilität “Ofo, mobike and oBike: Bikesharing Boom in Asien – Strohfeuer oder nachhaltige Lösung für die letzte Meile?”

December 8, 2017: Intelligent Transport “oBike targets local business partnerships to streamline operations”

December 7, 2017: Yicai Global “China’s Bike-Sharing Giant Mobike Wins UN Environment Program’s Prestigious ‘Champions of the Earth’ Award”

December 7, 2017: Financial Times Chinese bike-sharing start-up Ofo raises $1bn”

December 6, 2017: The Fast Mode “Singtel Group, Mobike to Explore Mobile Payments, eMTC and NB-IoT for Bike Sharing”

December 4, 2017: Deal Street Asia “China’s Hellobike raises $350m in latest funding round backed by Ant Financial”

October 25, 2017: All Tech Asia “Bike-sharing startup Hellobike merges with rival, Ant Financial-backed Youon”

October 12, 2017: Strait Times “Baicycle – a different spin on bike-sharing”

October 3, 2017: The Economist “How bike-sharing works: It is a convenient, environmentally friendly way to get around town, but has flaws”

September 22, 2017: Xinhua Net “Chinese bike-share startup Ofo in talks to raise more than $1 billion: co-founder”

September 12, 2017: China Money Network “Jaw-Dropping Chinese Bike Sharing Growth: 106M Users and 16M Bikes In Less Than Two Years”

September 8, 2017: Read Write “Grishin Robotics global bikesharing to make smart cities a reality”

August 9, 2017: BikeBiz “Data mining is why billions are being pumped into dockless bikes”

August 7, 2017: Forbes “New Regulations May Help China’s Bike Sharing Companies To Thrive”

July 8, 2017: CNBC “Bike-sharing boom in China pedals to new heights”

March 21, 2017: Fortune “China’s Bike-Sharing Doesn’t Make Any Sense”


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Pictures of PRC’s dockless bike-sharing

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