Bike-sharing platform oBike from Singapore is now making its way into Germany. Without fixed bike stations though, they could add to the chaos in the growing bike-sharing market.
Bike-sharing company Obike has filed for bankruptcy in its home base of Singapore. The result: Thousands of stranded silver-and-yellow bikes, many of them broken, clogging sidewalks in cities world-wide.
Awash with cash, Asian providers are fighting for market share in Europe with large fleets of free-floating bicycles. In this price battle for supremacy, is monetizing data the only way to profitability?
German cities are scrambling to limit the number of free-standing rental bikes that clutter their sidewalks and parks. But campaigners say public bicycles are better than 20,000 more cars a year on the streets.
Berlin may be the biggest, hippest city in Germany, but where cycling is concerned, the much smaller university city of Münster is the real metropolis. DW's Jefferson Chase went there to pick up tips on ecomobility.
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