MediaCityUK welcome the world’s largest smart bike-sharing scheme to its first European city
Mobike, the world’s first and largest smart bike-share, has launched at MediaCityUK and a number of locations across Manchester and Salford.
Manchester’s first and only bike sharing scheme is entirely funded by Mobike, which hopes its bikes’ iconic silver and orange look will soon become part of the city’s main transport network.
The bikes have non-puncture airless tyres, a GPS tracker, built-in locks and a cashless smartphone app.
With chainless shaft transmission and durable disc-brake, they are hailed by their creators as ‘maintenance-free bikes’ with a four-year fix-free life span.
The bikes have been unloaded overnight to key locations jointly decided between Mobike, TfGM, and Manchester and Salford City councils.
A strong focus has been put on the areas that are most convenient for locals - near major train stations (Piccadilly, Victoria, Salford Central), and major throughways (Oxford Road, Deansgate), as well as vibrant destinations for food, retail, leisure, and entertainment (MediaCityUK, Northern Quarter, Great Northern Warehouse, Piccadilly Gardens, amongst others).
USEFUL INFORMATION – GETTING STARTED WITH MOBIKE
Step 1: Downloading the App and Signing Up
Download the Mobike app in the App Store or on Google Play and create an account using your mobile number. Receive and enter the verification code and make your one off (fully refundable) deposit.
Step 2: Locating a Mobike Near You
Open the Mobike app and check the map for the closest Mobike icon. You can reserve any Mobike for up to 15 minutes by simply selecting the bike and pressing “reserve.”
Step 3: Unlocking the Mobike
Open your app and press the “unlock” button at the bottom of the home screen. Scan the QR code displayed between the handlebars and the rear end of the bike. Once successfully scanned, the lock will automatically unlock and you may begin your journey.
Step 4: Parking and Locking the Mobike
Once you have arrived at your destination, safely park your Mobike at any public bicycle parking location and manually lock the bike by closing the lever on the smart lock. Once locked, the app will automatically end your journey.
Pricing: The deposit for the bikes will be £49 and fully refundable. For the special month of July, Mobike will offer a discounted £29 deposit to users. Usage is charged at 50p per 30mins. Mobike are looking into special pricing measures and schemes for identified groups, and will work with stakeholders to optimise these offerings.
Operations: Mobike are working with a local logistics company and a Manchester-familiar Operations team, in charge of redistributing bikes to key points of high-demand, whilst ensuring the bikes are in top conditions.
Mobike is the world’s first and largest smart bike-sharing company. Its mission is to bring more bikes to more cities, using its innovative technology to make cycling the most convenient and environmentally-friendly transport choice for urban residents. Using specially designed bikes equipped with GPS and proprietary smart-lock technology, Mobike enables users of its smartphone app to find a bike near them, reserve and unlock it, all using their smartphones. After reaching their destination, the user parks the bike by the roadside and locks it, automatically making the bike available to the next rider. The company officially launched its service in Shanghai in April 2016, and in just over a year, has since expanded the service to 130 cities globally.
By making urban cycling more accessible, popular, and smart, Mobike is delivering scaled sustainable mobility solutions for people and cities around the world. In the company’s first year of operation, Mobike users cycled over 2.5 billion kilometres, equivalent to a reduction in CO2 emissions of more than 610,000 tons based on calculations by the WWF China. In June 2017, Mobike received the WWF’s “Climate Solver Sustainable Urban Mobility Special Award” in recognition of the impact its innovative technology and promotion of sustainable transport.
For more information visit: mobike.com
Please see below images of the MediaCityUK Mobikes: