Ofo comes to the US, joining the bike-share fray in Seattle

Seattle seems like an unlikely venue for a duel between bike-sharing companies: it’s rainy, hilly, its residents can’t drive, and another bike-share program recently went belly-up publicly and ignominiously. But Ofo, one of several Chinese giants in the space, is the third company to launch in the city in a month. It’s the company’s first foray in the States.

Pronto, the service that crashed and burned here over the last two years, used dedicated docks in various ostensibly high-traffic areas. This inconvenient model is one of several reasons it ended up shuttering in may — after being bailed out by the city last year, no less.

The new services follow the much better model of letting users pick up and drop off bikes anywhere. It’s already hugely popular in China, where…

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