Ofo Bikes Used Over 1,000 Times a Day in This Israeli Town
In April, the Beijing-based bike sharing company launched two pilot programs in Israel—one in Ramat Gan, a town in the Tel Aviv area, and one at a research university campus, which was canceled earlier this week
Tomer Hadar and Tofi Stoler | 11:52 28.06.2018
Up to 1,300 rides a day are conducted using bike-sharing service Ofo in Ramat Gan, a town in the Tel Aviv area, the town announced Wednesday. The Beijing-based company launched a pilot program with 500 bicycles in the town in April.
Ofo Israel's general manager Imri Galai (left) and Israel Zinger, the mayor of Ramat Gan. Photo: Shlomi MizrachiShared bikes are proving to be an efficient alternative to traditional transportation measures, Israel Zinger, the mayor of Ramat Gan, said in a statement. Data collected by Ofo helped Ramat Gan map out the needs of bicycle users in the town and will allow it to plan and adjust infrastructure accordingly, Amnon Botz, a town official responsible for business development, added. Ofo’s service allows users to locate, unlock and pay for the GPS-traced bikes using a mobile app. Two local residents of Ramat Gan who spoke with Calcalist claimed the service has become a nuisance because, unlike similar services, it does not have allocated parking or docking stations, which means parked bikes often block the sidewalks. Earlier this week, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Ofo has canceled its pilot at the Weizmann Institute of Science, a research university in central Israel, after just two months, mostly because users failed to return bikes to campus, causing higher than expected costs of retrieval.