ofo, the world’s first and largest dockless bike-sharing platform and mobile app, in collaboration with Phuket City Development to enhance Smart City project, launching the ofo bike-sharing service in Phuket with 1,000 innovative Smart Lock bikes to leverage the convenient and flexible journey to every users. Special for Phuket residents, 1 month free trial without deposit fee starts from 1st October.
Mr. Noppol Toochinda, ofo Thailand’s General Manager, said Phuket is the pilot province of ofo to initiate its service and to support the Phuket Smart City project, which we are very pleased to be a part in fulfilling and enhancing the new cycling experience in Phuket
ofo is designed for Point to Point travel within 1-to-5-kilometer journey in order to reduce travel costs and parking problems in heavy traffic areas. Bike-sharing is a bike rental service that combines with technology on mobile application. Users can find bikes on the map and simply use it by scanning QR Code to unlock the bike and everyone can share every bicycle. For appropriate parking, the designated park locations will be displayed on the application. ofo’s regular service fee will be charged at 5 Baht per 30 minutes usage, with a deposit fee of 99 Baht, which can be paid conveniently via the application.
ofo is the world’s number one dockless bike-sharing operator with a leap of growth, currently operates in more than 170 cities across nine countries, with more than 10 million bicycles available, generating more than 25 million daily transactions.
Thailand is considered one of the strategic areas of ofo in expanding its service in Southeast Asia due to the population of over 70 millions, with more than 700,000 students and more than 7 millions of Chinese tourists traveling to Thailand each year. Recently, ofo began to run ofo pilot service in the campus with 1,000 ofo bikes in Thammasat University-Rangsit Campus last August which gained a good response from teachers, staffs and students, travelling in the campus effectively.
“Launching of ofo in Phuket is claimed for the first Bike-Sharing in public areas in Thailand, which ofo is preparing to create the ultimate cycling experience with the latest of o bikes that come with smart lock innovation and Phuket is one of the first cities in the world where this bike is available. The special feature is scanning QR code on the bike to unlock, without having to enter code like the former models. At the first phase, ofo has provided more than 1,000 smart-lock bike in Phuket’s key locations including Prince of Songkla University, Phuket Campus, Phuket Merlin Hotel,The Pearl Phuket Hotel, The Tint At Phuket Town Hotel, Limelight Avenue Phuket, Sengho Bookstore, Robinson Phuket, Bang Neaw Shrine, Phuket Rajaphat University, Saphan Hin Park and Phuket Oldtown. Special promotion is free trial without deposit fee for 1 month on this October.
“In addition, on September 24th, Phuket Car Free Day will be held to promote the reduction of car using in Phuket. We would like to invite Phuket residents and tourists to be part of this activity by stop using cars and try ofo bicycle service. Apart from helping our planet, it is also the first time Phuket residents will experience the new journey with ofo bikes which has created a new cycling phenomenon around the world.” Noppol added
However, for the expansion of future services, ofo has set a clear course of action focusing on collaboration with relevant government agencies, from preparation and implementation to provide a practical guide which is used to develop solid infrastructure network and sustainably facilitates transportation system in community, city, and the country.