China’s bike-share company Ofo has entered Australian market with 200 bikes deployed in Sydney

China’s bike-sharing company ofo has launched its dockless bike system in Sydney, Australia on Thursday.

Chinese company Ofo, which has 10 million bikes in 18 countries, has introduced 200 bikes around the City of Sydney for city’s 600,000 daily visitors.

Ofo’s bikes can be rented for AU$1 for 30 minutes, with a ride cap of AU$5 and no deposit or membership fee.

The company’s chief operating officer Zhang Yanqi said ofo was “thrilled” to bring its service to the southern hemisphere for the first time.

“We are dedicated to making Australian cities as green and liveable as possible by providing the ultimate healthy and low-carbon mobility solution,” he said.

Ofo has deployed 200 bikes in central Sydney with a plan to launch 200 more across the inner west and eastern suburbs in coming months.

The company is launching in Sydney amid controversy as thousands of share bikes are discarded by riders, or pranksters, in inconvenient places.

To deal with this issue, Ofo said a GPS-enabled “geofence” on the bike will alert riders if they try to park a bike outside the Ofo operational zone, which in the city covers Martin Place, Ultimo, Surry Hills, Kings Cross, Redfern and Erskineville.

Sydney welcomes hundreds of Ofo bikes

Sydney welcomes hundreds of Ofo bikes