Mobike: Manchester's dockless cycle scheme

Signal of change / Mobike: Manchester's dockless cycle scheme

By Emily Sharples / 19 Dec 2017

A new cycle-share scheme developed by a Chinese company for Manchester, allows you to drop your bike at any location. The scheme was launched over the summer, with 1000 bikes available in the city. The company hopes to expand into cities world-wide.

So what?

The success of Mobike has inspired a number of similar start-ups across europe, such as Ofo and Yobike. Yobike has just launched 500 bikes in Bristol while Ofo was first onto the UK market with a pilot scheme in Cambridge last year. 

Will this greater level of flexibility see bike and car-sharing soar?



Dirk Vansintjan on Twitter

@FuturesCentre @MichaelEwing1 @MobikeUK These are 'bikes of Troy'.

Christopher Kent on Twitter

@FuturesCentre @MobikeUK We have this in Washington DC and people are starting to realize that bike docks keep people from just leaving bikes in the middle of sidewalks anywhere.

Philippe Duhamel on Twitter

People in Paris are growing increasingly frustrated by these bikes left anywhere on sidewalks and between parked cars.

What might the implications of this be? What related signals of change have you seen?

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