Chinese bike-sharing scheme in UK

CNC
Added On August 7, 2017

China has, for decades, been associated in the minds of Westerners with a common image of bicycling workers and residents filling the streets. 
 
But in the 21st century, Chinese technology has made bicycles part of the Internet of Things. 
 
A young Chinese company, Mobike, has created a fresh bike-sharing scheme that could change the lives of the people.
 
Now, the company is expanding its service in UK.
 
Let's take a look.
 
Mobike first introduced a bike-sharing scheme, which is described as the world's first cashless and station-free bike-sharing scheme, in the northern British city of Manchester.
 
Users install an app on their phone, make payments to the app and then unlock the bicycle for use.
 
Using a GPS enabled device means the bikes are connected to Mobike all the time. Mobike knows where its bikes are always and collects data that could be used for city planning and improving transportation.
 
In an interview with CNC, the UK general manager for Mobike Steve Pyer explained the company's concept.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): STEVE PYER, Mobike's UK General Manager
"So Mobike first of all is technology company. It was set up by a lovely lady Weiwei Hu who wanted to come up a system to reduce pollution in her cities, so It's Chinese invention. And it's massive in China now as you see. It's over 25 million journeys everyday and 6 million bikes. We've decided to move outside of China and we've come to Manchester in the United Kingdom which is very first city we've launched outside Asia. And really its bike technology announce people to do short urban trips on the bike and which is environmental friendly and healthy."
 
Pyer said Mobike will enter London in September and become the first public bikes without docking station in London. 
 
Mobike's scheme will debut with 750 bikes available for pick-up in the London borough of Ealing and more to follow according to the market demand. 
 
Users shall pay a 29-pound (about 38 U.S. dollars) initial deposit and 50 pence (about 0.67 dollars) per 30 minutes for each use.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): STEVE PYER, Mobike's UK General Manager
"Sure we have a few problems in every scheme where there is a dock scheme or a dock scheme has its issue when it first goes live if it's something new and shiny so we have had some bit of vandalism. We've been working very closely with the city council of the Manchester city and also Transport for the great Manchester and the local police enforcement team as well, so we've got really good links really good procedures."
 
Pyer also praised Mobike's app, saying it's global and can be used in any cities as long as the service is launched there.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): STEVE PYER, Mobike's UK General Manager
"Mobike is the app is global, I've got my app from UK, and I've just spent a weekend in Beijing, and I can just use any pay for local fees. 12 pences was my charge when I was in Beijing. So you can be using it all over the world, whichever city you're going to. You just open your app and use it straight away. "
 
He noted that Mobike and its experience rolling out across Europe will be watched as an example of what could happen with the application of Chinese technology and business.