oBike launches in Phuket and dominates Southeast Asia with two million users
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.
SINGAPORE - oBike, Singapore's first homegrown station-less smart bike-sharing company, has emerged as the market leader in Southeast Asia, hitting a momentous milestone of two million users across Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
As part of its aggressive international expansion, oBike also announced 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 31st October 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."
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.