Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Don't want to return that hired bicycle? Just leave it anywhere...

In many large Chinese cities, there are many brightly coloured “dockless” share bikes, haphazardly piled on the pavements in their thousands. Dubbed “Uber for bikes”, they are the product of a whole host of new startups, aggressively competing for territory and investment. The scale is stunning -- in less than a year, Mobike alone has flooded the streets of 18 Chinese cities with upwards of a million new bikes. Since last April, the company has placed more than 100,000 of their trademark orange-and-silver bikes in each of the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Guangzhou.

In the EU, using the AirDonkey app, one can rent one's bike out when not using it. To "donkify your bike," you order an AirDonkey kit (which is expected to cost 80 euros), which contains a lock and panel that you mount on your bike. You park your bike wherever you like and then take a picture of your bike. Then, you create a profile for your bike on Airdonkey, upload your picture, choose a drop off location, list unique features of your bike, for example, a baby seat or a carrier on the back, and lastly you select a daily and weekly rental price for your bike.

Read more here at the Guardian...

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