CITY OF REVERE ANNOUNCES PILOT BIKE SHARING PROGRAM TO BEGIN OCTOBER 2
September 27, 2017
Mayor Brian Arrigo and the City of Revere’s Healthy Community Initiatives announced a pilot of a citywide bike-sharing program with the world's first and largest station-free bike sharing company, ofo.
ofo will deploy 200 of its signature bright yellow bicycles around the city starting Monday, October 2 as part of a pilot program, and will look to expand the fleet in 2018 if the program is successful. The system is paid for by ofo and comes at no expense to city taxpayers.
The global company offers riders a convenient, flexible bike-sharing model. Through ofo’s phone application and smart lock technology, riders can rent and park bikes anywhere that complies with Revere’s local laws.
“ofo bikes will give our residents a new, convenient option for both commuting and leisure,” said Mayor Brian Arrigo. “This bike-sharing program offers residents a low-cost way to travel around the city. Whether it is to work, to school, to MBTA stations, to the Northern Stand Community Trail or to Revere Beach, we hope our residents will take advantage of this program.”
Users will be charged only $1 per hour. To get started, Revere residents can download the ofo app available for iOS and Android. The app helps users find a nearby bike via GPS, unlock the bike by scanning a QR code on the rear of the bike, and start their ride. Once a ride is complete, locking the bike ends the trip automatically and the user will receive a digital receipt and map of their route. Payments can easily be made via credit card through the app.
"ofo is excited to bring our bicycles to Revere," said Grace Lin, Vice President, North America, " We've worked closely with the city government to make sure the rollout of the ofo platform is a success and residents and visitors are able to use it seamlessly."
ofo employs geo-fencing along with a credit system to curb improper usage and encourage users to follow its policies and guidelines. As in all other cities where it operates, ofo will also have local, on-the-ground maintenance and management staff. The team will redistribute bikes based upon daily usage patterns and provide regular maintenance. Users may contact ofo customer service at email@example.com or (844) 289-9747 or report issues through the app.
ofo has connected users to more than 10 million bikes in 180 cities across 13 countries, generated more than 25 million daily transactions and has provided over 200 million global users with 4 billion efficient, convenient and green rides. Revere will be ofo’s third official city in the U.S.
Founded in 2014, ofo is the world’s largest station-free bicycle-sharing platform. ofo was created for sharing and aims to unlock every corner of the world by making bikes accessible to everyone. To date, ofo has connected users to more than 10 million bikes in 180 cities across 13 countries, generated more than 25 million daily transactions and has provided over 200 million global users with 4 billion efficient, convenient and green rides. ofo partnered with the UN Development Programme in April to achieve the Global Sustainability Goals, and launched a partnership with Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation in August, in which ofo donate bicycles to girls living in Malawi in need of a safe way to get to school. To learn more, visit www.ofo.com.
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