OFO Bicycles | Share or Shame?

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In January 2018 OFO launched their “bike share” scheme in Sheffield.

The bikes do not have docking stations and the scheme works in conjunction with a phone app.  1000 of the bicycles were scattered around the city where users can scan a code to unlock the bicycle and cycle to their destination where if required another user can scan and cycle away.

In China there are images of hundreds of thousands of bicycles used in similar schemes which have simply been dumped and remain un-claimed by the companies that created them (see image* below). Click HERE to read the full story and for more shocking images.

Photograph: Chen Zixiang for the Guardian | Bicycles

*Photograph of bicycle mountain: Chen Zixiang – all other images by LBoS.

OFO are one of the companies operating in China and in other countries around the world.

Already in Sheffield the waste and problems created by the OFO bicycle scheme are clear to see.  The locks are smashed off and discarded. The bicycles used or damaged and dumped wherever the user decides.  OFO bicycles have been seen thrown into trees, into rivers, the canal, residential gardens and on wasteland.   Others simply left obstructing the pavements or blocking roads.

OFO have only been operating for a short while in Sheffield and the problems generated by discarded bicycles are already clearly visible.

Assuming Sheffield City Council granted a licence for OFO to operate in the city the question of how the impact of the scheme is monitored by them has yet to be answered.  How long does their licence last?  How is it reviewed?   Perhaps as with the the notorious Amey contract we will never know because “It is commercially sensitive…

Below is a quote from Jack Scott. One might be forgiven for wondering if he bothered to see how wasteful bike share schemes have proved in other parts of the world?  Did he assess and evaluate the environmental impact of the waste generated by such schemes? I’ve no idea but as the environmental pollution created by discarded bicycles increases so do the questions about how bike share schemes are managed and monitored.

Sheffield Councillor Jack Scott, and Cabinet Member for Transport and Sustainability, said: “ofo coming to Sheffield is great news for this city. This type of bike sharing is set to change the way we get from A-to-B for the better. Not only will ofo provide an affordable and convenient transport option for many, but it will also promote the fantastic health benefits of cycling – reducing air pollution and boosting healthy lifestyles.

“Sheffield Council has been working closely with ofo to ensure that dockless bikes are used responsibly and considerately following their introduction. That’s why we support ofo’s approach of gradually increasing the bikes on Sheffield streets after gauging usage patterns. This will help ofo bikes serve the right areas and the right people – enriching and supplementing Sheffield’s existing transport options.”

 

 

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