Checkout the bike share program now. What a waste!
Ofo is shutting down in cities across the U.S. and a new photo from Dallas shows just how hazardous speeding into the bikeshare industry can be.
Robert Vandling uploaded the image — which shows a heaping pile of discarded yellow Ofo bikes — to Facebook this week. The photo was taken at a recycling facility in Dallas.
Ofo communications lead Taylor Bennett said that the company is donating its bikes to two Dallas community groups, CitySquare and Bikes for Tykes, when possible. The bikes in Vandling’s photo are in disrepair and will be recycled for parts, according to Bennett.
“As we wind down select markets, we remain committed to environmental sustainability and will continue to donate Ofo bikes in good working condition to local communities and recycle all bikes when they’re beyond repair or no longer able to use,” he said.
Ofo bikes are still in circulation in Seattle but the company expects to shut down service by the end of the month. Bennett said Ofo is developing a plan to donate the bikes when possible and recycle the ones that are unusable. If Dallas is any indication, that could amount to heaps of discarded bikes.
Earlier this month, Seattle finalized its bikeshare regulations and approved a $250,000 annual fee for companies that operate in the city. At that time, Ofo officially confirmed it would shut down in Seattle. The Beijing-based bikeshare company has been pulling out of cities across the U.S. and laying off most of its American workforce.
And when it comes to bikeshare graveyards — however big the mound of bikes in Dallas or eventually Seattle — it will be tough to beat the photos of what’s going on in China.