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January 24, according to foreign media reports, China's shared bike company ofo just to the United States San Francisco Department of Transportation expressed his attitude that as the start-up company JUMP early this month to obtain exclusive rights to share cycling service in San Francisco, resulting in himself unable to San Francisco Unfair to provide shared bicycle service. Earlier this month, JUMP launched 250 electric-sharing bicycles in San Francisco.


Ofo hopes the San Francisco Transit Authority will reconsider continuing to license its own qualified start-up, including itself, and is committed to contributing to improving San Francisco's urban transportation system.


ofo, one of China's two shared bike companies valued at over $ 2 billion, ofo completed a $ 700 million Series E round of financing in July this year led by e-commerce giants Alibaba, Hony Capital and CITIC Private Equity .


In an open letter to the director of the San Francisco Department of Transportation, David London, chief of government for OFO North America, also expressed his dissatisfaction with the agency, saying it was very disappointed with the San Francisco Department of Transportation, which promulgated the opaque permit.


David London said ofo has been negotiating licensing deals with the San Francisco Transit Authority for the past six months to ensure the startup can contribute to San Francisco's transportation services business. London also accused the San Francisco Department of Transportation of using an "open licensing regime" as an excuse for an exclusive licensing model. Cities such as Seattle and Charlotte have more open approval processes that allow multiple operators to launch their own pilot projects.


Since sharing bicycles is still relatively new to San Francisco, the San Francisco Department of Transportation has said it will not issue sharing bike licenses to other companies during the 18-month pilot test period.


Subsequently, the San Francisco Department of Transportation said that in March last year, an application process for sharing a license for a bicycle operation had been opened, but only JUMP completed the application. Although OFO asked the San Francisco Department of Transportation to reconsider its open-sharing license for bicycle operating permits, the San Francisco Department of Transportation said it would not be eligible to issue operating licenses to other companies during the JUMP test.


The agency said the number of bicycles in San Francisco will be increased to 5,000 vehicles, including the original fixed-car Ford GoBike service and no fixed-point JUMP.


"As the industry grows, it takes a lot of thoughtfulness to open the operational mandates for sharing our bicycles, and we have to make sure we do not have too many bicycles on public roads or prevent them from being evenly distributed." Traffic in San Francisco Bureau said.

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