Mobike, the world’s first and largest smart bike-sharing service, has removed all 1,000 of its bikes from Manchester’s streets for maintenance.
The unannounced move had baffled cyclists in search for a ride home and Mobike later confirmed the reason why.
With cycle and app upgrades now made, the bikes are expected to return to Manchester’s streets today.
On 29th June, the Mobike service went live Manchester and Salford. By simply downloading the Mobike app, finding a nearby Mobike and scanning its QR code, people can pick up and ride bikes around the city.
Without any need for public funding, Mobike’s scheme launched with an initial 1,000 bikes and a lot of positive attention from cyclists and unwanted attention for vandals.
Weiwei Hu, founder of Mobike, said at the time: “We’re very excited to make Manchester and Salford Mobike’s first European partners. They have long been a European leader in culture, innovation and technology and were carefully selected as promising and highly-suited Mobike cities. The councils and TfGM are ideal partners to help the people of Manchester and Salford make the most of our high-tech offering.”
The company now operates more than 5 million smart bikes, and supports over 20 million rides around the world every day.