(Yicai Global) July 13 -- Now that one month has passed since Chinese bike-sharing company Mobike unveiled its services in Manchester, one of Britain's largest cities, its operations have been met with mixed reaction. Although Mobike is favored by most residents in Greater Manchester Area, some bikes have been targeted by mobs.
Manchester police said they received at least 17 reports related to Mobike bicycles since June 29, including bike damage and ditching. Although most Manchester residents use Mobikes in line with its terms and conditions, some do not, officials said.
Police said they have contacted Mobike and the city's relevant departments to discuss ways to deal with bike damage, misuse and ditching.
As bike-sharing firms roll out services outside China, competition has intensified in overseas markets. Companies such as Mobike and Ofo not only encounter similar issues to those they face at home such as damage to bikes or theft, but also face more complicated challenges in terms of public road use rights, user privacy and payment issues, insiders pointed out. ditching