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Mobike rolls into Cambridge to join ofo on bike share scene

By Ben Comber

Mobike launches in Cambridge, June 21, 2018. Picutre: Mobike
Mobike launches in Cambridge, June 21, 2018. Picutre: Mobike

Mobike has brought 100 bikes into Cambridge.

Mobike, a bike share scheme linked to a mobile app, launched in Cambridge today with 100 bikes.

Cambridge is the fifth UK city that the firm now operated in.

The company says it will expand the number of bikes gradually over the coming months, “based on demand and popularity of the scheme”.

Darryl Evans, General Manager of Mobike UK said:“Mobike provides an affordable and convenient means of shared transportation for short urban trips. This both reduces congestion, and can lead to a reduction in overall pollution.

“Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridge City Council has already taken significant steps to tackle congestion by promoting walking, cycling and public transport, and we believe that Mobike will further complement the good work already underway.

“Our priority at launch is to collaborate with the county and city council, colleges and local employers, to provide a tailored scheme, adapted to the local cycling infrastructure and culture. By working in partnership with the city, we’re confident the scheme will have a positive impact on Cambridge.”

The launch come sin the same week as competitor ofo announcing plans for a 3000-string fleet of its yellow bikes.

Mobike is working with Cycle.Land, a specialist bikeshare company that operates Mobike’s Oxford scheme.

The company, which reports that it is “the world’s largest IoT (Internet of Things) network”, also said that it was keen to work with local firms to help improve its technology.

Mr Evans said: “Cambridge is home to some of the world’s leading technology companies and researchers who are at the forefront of research into how technology and data can create smart cities. We look forward to building close relationships, and hope our presence in the city can further accelerate knowledge in this field.”


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