More ofo bicycles being taken for a ride by thieves

Submitted by Stomper Anon

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Ever since bicycle-sharing service ofo started operations here in Singapore last month, Stompers have been alerting Stomp to multiple cases of residents chaining the bicycles up islandwide.

In the latest contribution, Stomper Anon was on his way home when he spotted an ofo bike chained to a pipe at Blk 188 Boon Lay Drive.

Stomp has also been alerted to incidents occurring at Macpherson, Geylang and Punggol.

Ofo's policy states that bicycles can literally be returned anywhere, provided that it does not obstruct pathways and remains visible.

To use the bicycles, currently free as part of a trial period, riders are required to input the bike number on the ofo app to retrieve the lock code to unlock the bike. 

Ofo Singapore appealed to riders to report cases of bicycle abuse in a Facebook post published early this month.

The company also said it would reward users who helped to move improperly parked bikes to their designated parking areas this month with ofo vouchers ranging from $2 to $20.

The post warned:

"We reserve the right to recover damages, losses or penalties incurred (estimated $100-$500) from users with non-compliance of local laws and regulations."

This is not the first case of ofo bicycles being abused. Check out the other cases that Stomp has been alerted to. 

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