24 May '17, 12pm

No more free rides. ofo bike company introduces deposit fee and rental charges

Free rides on bright yellow ofo bicycles are over. From 23 May, users who plan to use ofo bikes will have to pay a $39 deposit. The fee is to “encourage ride responsibility”, said ofo’s head of APAC business Lawrence Cao. He also added it is “to make sure all users have easy and fair access to a well-maintained bicycle for every ride they take.” “Under 1 per cent” of its current fleet are abused in Singapore, said ofo’s regional manager Elin Ma. Also, users will be charged $1 an hour, capped at $2 for the entire travel journey, the company announced on Wednesday (May 24) at an event to mark its 100 days in Singapore. Cyclists will be refunded their $39 when they decide to, well, break up with ofo. Since the bike sharing service started in Singapore, there have been cases of bicycles parked indiscriminately, as well as misuse and vandalism. ofo Aura 1.0 The Chinese company ...

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