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Green dockless bikes to stop operating in Redbridge

PUBLISHED: 07:00 12 June 2018

Cllr John Howard with the bikes. Picture: Redbridge Council

Cllr John Howard with the bikes. Picture: Redbridge Council

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A dockless bike scheme which was launched just over three months ago will stop operating in Redbridge.

Despite more than 1,000 residents using Urbo bikes, the company announced it will be ceasing its service from July.

The green bikes became a regular sight in parts of the borough and could be unlocked with a tap of an app and used for as little as 50p per 30 minutes.

The yellow hire bikes managed by ofo, however, will continue to operate across east London.

An Urbo spokesman said the service will stop working on July 4.

“This was a pilot scheme and the challenges of ground operations and scaling up were greater than anticipated,” he said.

“We made the decision to step back from this for the moment in order for the borough to work with another partner.

“We will continue to operate in the UK but not in London for now.”

The dockless bike scheme was the first of its kind in Redbridge and while Urbo managed the green bikes, unlocked by a QR code, ofo was in charge of the yellow hire bikes which could be operated via Bluetooth.

When the resident has completed their journey they click the lock back into place and the users’ online wallet is automatically charged, making the bike available for the next person to use.

Urbo will also stop serving Waltham Forest and said east London is “no longer suitable” to its business model.

“We would like to thank all of you who have supported Urbo and we hope to be able to offer services within these areas again in the future,” added the spokesman.

For more information or to sort out a refund contact support@myurbo.com.


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