ofo, the world’s first dockless bike scheme, is pleased to announce that it now covers a larger portion of London than Boris Bikes, which have been in operation since 2010.

To celebrate this success ofo will release an additional 800 new bikes into the capital in March.

The scheme is already used by 200 million users in 21 countries to make 32 million trips every day. Since its launch in the UK last year, ofo is now operating in Norwich, Cambridge, Sheffield and Oxford as well as bringing dockless bike sharing to the London boroughs of Hackney, Islington, City of London, Redbridge and Southwark.

In London alone, this means ofo now cover 122 square kilometres of the city, compared to Santander’s 100 square kilometres Characterised by their striking yellow livery, the ofo bikes allow customers to make short journeys across cities by bicycle. The bikes are ‘dockless’, meaning they can be left in appropriate positions across the various boroughs, although customers are encouraged to make sure they are left next to designated cycle infrastructure where possible.

Joseph Seal-Driver, ofo’s UK General Manager, said: “Our growth in London over the past year has been fantastic. We now operate in five London boroughs and we are having positive conversations with many more. It shows that Londoners are quickly adopting dockless bikes as a sustainable form of transport and we look forward to expanding further across the capital.”

Alongside the latest launch in Southwark, ofo will also expand to Leeds later on this year. Throughout March, ofo will also be adding 1,500 bikes to their cities across the UK, including 800 in London.

For more information on ofo, please visit www.ofo.com.

Picture – Greg Macvean