Gobee.bike users have cycled over 400,000 kilometers since the launch of Hong Kong’s first dockless bike platform in April
Improvements, expansions and charity from Hong Kong’s homegrown, dockless bike-sharing system
[5 December 2017, Hong Kong] Since launching in April, Gobee.bike, Hong Kong’s first and fastest growing dockless bike-sharing platform, has had a successful ride that has seen the startup expand to four European countries, celebrate over 460,000+ app downloads, launch the first bike sharing app on the Apple Watch, support a local charity and participate in many community events.
Following their US$9 million Series A funding round in August, just months after the company’s launch, Gobee.bike successfully expanded overseas, with the green bikes riding into Lille, Paris and Reims in France, Uccle in Belgium and Turin in Italy. With this European launch, Gobee.bike hopes to make the bright green bicycle the preferred mode of transport in urban areas, offering a convenient and environmentally-friendly alternative for city commutes. Plans to operate in 10 cities across Europe by the end of 2017 are well underway.
The company celebrated another milestone this November when the Gobee.bike app reached 460,000 downloads. Since its launch, 415,418 kilometers have been cycled (this is greater than the distance from the Earth to the moon!) which equates to around 10 million calories being burned. The startup has also expanded its operations team to 40+ people, developed many new app features like “City Limits “and “No Parking Zones” to encourage responsible parking and safe riding, as well as policies aimed at improving user experience and logistics. The public can now alert Gobee.bike staff of any improperly parked bikes, find official parking spots and guidelines for responsible parking and enjoy ‘hotspots’ resulting in free riding credits, all via the Gobee.bike app.
Gobee.bike has also launched an app for the Apple Watch, which was released in October. The app allows users to not only find the closest Gobee.bike without needing to reach for their phone but also to keep track of trip statistics by recording distance, time ridden, calories burnt and by monitoring their heartbeat.
“Consistently improving our service has always been a priority for us. Going forward our goal is to raise awareness of our green technology and encourage feedback from our communities. We want to offer Hong Kong the best possible bike-sharing platform,” said Raphael Cohen, Co-founder and CEO of Gobee.bike. One of the steps the home-grown startup will be taking is to organize road shows in different districts aimed at demonstrating the do’s and don’ts of parking. “To bring people together, we are also hosting regular community events such as the Kam Tin ride this summer and our latest stream of Gobee Social Rides run by enthusiastic volunteers which we dubbed Gobee Captains. It’s important to us that Hongkongers recognize not only the benefit but also the joy of cycling.”
The startup spread the benefits of cycling during this year’s Pink Revolution, when they partnered with the Hong Kong Cancer Fund and donated all proceeds made from rides on October 27th – Dress Pink Day – to the local charity. The funds went towards supporting free breast cancer care services. Gobee.bike added a fun element to the one-day campaign by offering anyone who rode their special “Pinkie”, the one bright-pink bike in a sea of green, HKD100 in free bonus riding credits.