Singapore-based Startup oBike Launches Bike-sharing in Phuket
and Dominates Southeast Asia with Two Million Users
SINGAPORE, Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — oBike, Singapore’s first homegrown station-less smart bike-sharing company, has emerged as the market leader in Southeast Asia (ASEAN), hitting a momentous milestone of two million users across Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
Sustainable Urban Mobility
As part of its aggressive international expansion, oBike also announced today its ride into Phuket at a Memorandum of Understanding ceremony between the Governor of Phuket, Norraphat Plodthong and oBike, held at Limelight Shopping Mall. This launch will also be oBike’s first global deployment of bikes with three gears. Residents and tourists alike can now add cycling as a viable mode of transportation on Thailand’s biggest island.
To further solidify its commitment to the Thai market, oBike also announced its arrival at Thammasat University in Bangkok. The international bike-sharing operator is rolling out 200 bikes into Thailand’s second oldest institute of higher education, enabling students an eco-friendly and affordable mode of transportation around the campus. To celebrate this milestone, Thailand users can enjoy free rides with no deposit fee from 18th September 2017 to 31stOctober 2017.
“We are heartened by the support from our users. It is indeed not an easy feat achieving two million users in Southeast Asia, but we have managed to accomplish this within remarkable time frame”, said Mr Edward Chen, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer of oBike.
“We aim to leverage the power of technology and transform the way people commute. I’m pleased to share that we are on track to realising our vision of revolutionising transport systems in 80 cities by end 2017, with our recent entry into Hong Kong and today’s launch in Phuket and Thammasat University,” he added.
“The launch of oBike supports our move towards transforming Phuket into a smart city as part of the Thailand 4.0 economic model development,” said Norraphat Plodthong, Governor of Phuket. “With commuter data, we will be able to make better informed planning of our island’s transport infrastructure to improve mobility on our island.”
Rapid Bike Sharing Expansion
In January this year, oBike became the first operator in Singapore to introduce the smart station-less bike-sharing concept. Shortly after, it made its debut in Malaysia, Thailand, followed by Indonesia and Hong Kong. Within a short span of nine months, the homegrown bike-sharing operator has expanded globally, with presence in over 10 countries and regions such as Australia, Germany, Netherlands, Taiwan and United Kingdom.
oBike is Southeast Asia’s first smart bike-sharing company which aims to become the next generation transportation company designed for first- and last-mile commuting. oBike’s mission is to make environmentally friendly transportation affordable, available and accessible by everyone and everywhere.
oBike first launched in Singapore as the country’s first station-less smart bike-sharing operator, and has since expanded to over 30 cities in 10 countries worldwide in under a year. The company has made cycling a convenient, fun and environmentally-friendly commute option to more than 2 million users across Southeast Asia alone.
For more details, please visit https://o.bike/. The oBike App is currently available on the App Store and Google Play.