Bike sharing start-up ofo has joined up with Phuket to provide its services to local and tourists with the introduction of more than 1,000 bicycles.
Founded in 2014, ofo is the world’s first “station-free” bike-sharing platform operated via an online mobile application with the aim of sharing by making bikes accessible to everyone. To date, ofo has connected more than 10 million bikes in over 170 cities across nine countries, has been generating more than 25 million daily transactions and has provided over 200 million global users with 4 billion efficient, convenient and green rides.
Before using the bikes, download the ofo application on your mobile phone (available for both iOS and Android), register your basic information and payment method, then use the map function to locate nearby available bikes. Once you reach one, scan the QR code on the license plate or enter the plate number manually to unlock it and you'll be ready to go. Once you complete your ride, park the bicycle in an appropriate location, lock it, and tap “Trip complete” in the app.
The system will charge for Bt99 as a deposit for the first time of use, after which users will be charged Bt5 for half hour of travel which can be paid easily through the application.
To prevent indiscriminate parking and bike abuse, several designs have been implemented including designated parking zones which are comfortable, safe and do not obstruct any footpaths. A credit system encourages users to use the bike properly. This rewards good user behaviour and likewise penalises for indiscriminate parking and bike abuse. The new initiative is part of the Phuket Smart City project.
Find out more at www.ofo.so.