Dallas welcomes new bicycle sharing company

January 7, 2018 by  

Mobike, a Chinese company, is joining Dallas’ other bicycle sharing companies in January after a testing period in select locations in the city.

Dallas is on a fast track to becoming the bicycle sharing capital of the world. The China-based Mobike will soon join the other bike sharing companies here, which include Mobike’s compatriots Ofo, as well as VBikes, Zagster, Orange Spin, and Limebike.

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Mobike services over 200 cities across 12 countries with rust resistant, lightweight aluminum bikes featuring enhanced disk brakes and non-puncture tires. The company uses proprietary smart-lock technology equipped with GPS.

Utilizing a smartphone app, customers locate a bike, reserve it, unlock it, and ride. To use the service, cyclists should download the Mobike app, register, and then scan the bike’s QR code to unlock it. When finished, locking the bike will make it available for the next person.

Mobike is a dockless system, which means the bike can be left at the rider’s destination in a regular bike parking spot. It uses a credit system that rewards riders who exhibit appropriate bike-sharing behavior.

The Mobike mobile app can be obtained at the Apple app store or Android store online.