Melbourne Bike Sharing Industry Boom: More Operators Entering the Market

Melbourne Bike Sharing Industry Boom: More Operators Entering the Market

More Bike-Share Operators Looking At Melbourne

There are three new bike-share operators that are looking at Melbourne, with all of its hundreds of oBikes scattered all over the city.

It was confirmed by Town Hall that Ofo, a Beijing-based company, along with two other bike-hire services are in talks already with the city council.

According to the Herald Sun, the other two companies that are hoping to get set up on the streets of Melbourne are Reddy Go and Mobike.

Last week Ofo started its first service for Australia in Adelaide, but is looking to expand into Sydney and Melbourne.

This multi-billion dollar corporation has three million of its yellow bikes in over 50 cities in China.

In August, Reddy Go dropped its first couple hundred red bikes in Sydney out of its expected 6,000 GPS-tracked bicycles.

Beijing-based Mobike operates across China and is now also set up in Washington and London.

Users of the bike-share programmes download an app onto their smartphone. It shows where the closest bicycles are located. The bikes are unlocked using an ID or QR code. A majority of the services offer bikes for around $2 per 30 minutes.

Melbourne’s city council is working on operating guidelines with oBike, in hopes of avoiding the bikes cluttering footpaths, parks and streets.

bike share clutter

According to a spokesman, no formal arrangement have put in place yet with the other three dockless bike sharing companies.

The council spokesman say that all dockless bike-sharing companies had been informed that they don’t want them operating in their municipality unless a memorandum is signed that shows they understand the agreed upon operating standards.

The spokesman added that the City of Melbourne, Ofo and two more dockless bike-sharing operators that have shown interest in setting operations in Melbourne are in the early communication stages.

Like oBike, they have also informed Ofo and the other two operators that a hazard can be caused by too much clutter and, in those cases, the hazard will be removed in order to maintain public amenity and access.

The city council last week 30 oBikes off for metal recycling following the fact that operators did not claim the confiscated cycles.

Out of the original 1,250 bikes that have been delivered to the streets of Melbourne since just, as many as 15 per cent have been vandalised.

Last week Nial Finegan, chief executive of the Environmental Agency, met with oBike managers, and give the EPA the task of raising their game when it came to the dump bikes.

oBike bikes in river

Mr. Finegan state that oBike also would be taking steps in order to prevent bikes getting left near or at the Shrine.

Last week in Singapore, bicycle sharing operations were informed that geo-fencing technologies needed to be adopted to ensure that their users park in designated areas.

Measures were introduced by local authorities in response to bike that have been haphazardly parked that have been blocking access and cluttering the city.


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