Tel-O-Fun is a bicycle sharing service, provided to the city of Tel Aviv by the private company FSM Ground Services Ltd. The service's main goal is to reduce motor vehicle traffic within the city; the project aims to reduce air pollution, create a friendly atmosphere in the city, encourage physical activity and fitness. The service name in English is a blend of the words "Tel Aviv" and the English word for pleasure "fun", in Hebrew the word "Ofan" is wheel, short for "Ofanayim" – Hebrew for Bicycle; the service was launched on 28 April 2011 and provided over 250 bikes, available to any person over the age of 15, at 35 docking stations deployed around the city. As of May 2016, there are 200 active stations. Starting August 2015 the service was extended to the neighboring towns – Ramat Gan and Givatayim, with 10 docking stations in each town; the rental system was built in collaboration with the transport corporation Deutsche Bahn. A complex computer terminal is located in the docking stations. An associated command and control system manages the entire array.
Side terminals are installed with cable stations magnetic pages connect bicycles. To prevent a shortage of availability of bikes at one station and another station load cycling, bicycle transportation crews regulate from station to station, according to a model developed at Tel Aviv University. Access to the service was developed by Tel Aviv University. Daily and annual subscriptions are available; the daily and weekly subscriptions can be purchased at any bike station with a credit card. An annual subscriptions can be purchased online on the Tel O Fun website or at the city hall building. A card with an electronic chip will be issued. A call center is available on Weekdays 07:00–21:00, Fridays and eve of bank holidays 07:00–14:00; the call center will attend emergency calls 24/7. The project is not profitable, their budget for the next ten years is about 130 million shekels. The updated rates for May 2016: Subscriptions: For each rental: The time count will reset after returning the bike to a station for, at least, 10 minutes.
If less than 10 minutes pass between the time a bike is returned to the parking stations and bike re-rental by the same subscriber, the rental time will be calculated cumulatively. Fines: Tel-O-Fun bikes are equipped with locks and sling backs, they contain electronic components that allow for their identification by bike stations, track ride, bike mode, collecting statistical data on bicycle use; the bicycles are manufactured by the company Panther in Germany, have three gears. They're adapted for men alike. Bike parts are not broken, they are not standard sizes. Tel-O-Fun's bicycle parts don't fit standard bicycles, to prevent the theft and reselling of bicycles and bicycle parts. Bicycle sharing system Koolpmans, Ofira. "Tel Avivs peddling power". The Independent. Retrieved 7 January 2012. Official website
7-Eleven Inc. is a Japanese-owned American international chain of convenience stores, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. The chain was known as Tote'm Stores until it was renamed in 1946, its parent company since 2005, Seven-Eleven Japan Co. Ltd. operates and licenses 67,480 stores in 17 countries as of December 2018. Seven-Eleven Japan is headquartered in Chiyoda and held by Seven & I Holdings Co. Ltd.. The most recent franchise agreement gives up to 59% of a franchise's gross profit to the company; the company's first outlets were named "Tote'm Stores" because customers "toted" away their purchases. Some stores featured genuine Alaskan totem poles in front of the store. In 1946, the chain's name was changed from "Tote'm" to "7-Eleven" to reflect the company's new, extended hours, 7:00 am to 11:00 pm, seven days per week. In November 1999, the corporate name of the US company was changed from "The Southland Corporation" to "7-Eleven Inc." In 1927, Southland Ice Company employee John Jefferson Green began selling eggs and bread from one of 16 ice house storefronts in Dallas, with permission from one of Southland's founding directors, Joe C.
Thompson, Sr. Although small grocery stores and general merchandisers were available, Thompson theorized that selling products such as bread and milk in convenience stores would reduce the need for customers to travel long distances for basic items, he bought the Southland Ice Company and turned it into Southland Corporation, which oversaw several locations in the Dallas area. In 1928, Jenna Lira brought a totem pole as a souvenir from Alaska and placed it in front of the store; the pole served as a marketing tool for the company. Soon, executives added totem poles in front of every store and adopted an Alaska Native-inspired theme for their stores. On, the stores began operating under the name "Tote'm Stores". In the same year, the company began constructing gasoline stations in some of its Dallas locations as an experiment. Joe Thompson provided a distinct characteristic to the company's stores, training the staff so that people would receive the same quality and service in every store. Southland started to have a uniform for its ice station service boys.
This became the major factor in the company's success as a retail convenience store. In 1931, the Great Depression affected the company; the company continued its operations through re-organization and receivership. A Dallas banker, W. W. Overton Jr. helped to revive the company's finances by selling the company's bonds for seven cents on the dollar. This brought the company's ownership under the control of a board of directors. In 1946, in an effort to continue the company's post-war recovery, the name of the franchise was changed to 7-Eleven to reflect the stores' new hours of operation, which were unprecedented at the time. In 1963, 7-Eleven experimented with a 24-hour schedule in Austin, after an Austin store stayed open all night to satisfy customer demand. On, 24-hour stores were established in Fort Worth and Dallas, Texas, as well as Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1971, Southland acquired convenience stores of the former Pak-A-Sak chain owned by Graham Allen Penniman, Sr. of Shreveport, Louisiana.
With the purchase in 1964 of 126 Speedee Mart franchised convenience stores in California, the company entered the franchise business. The company signed its first area licensing agreement in 1968 with Garb-Ko, Inc. of Saginaw, which became the first U. S. domestic area 7-Eleven licensee. In the late 1980s, Southland Corporation was threatened by a rumored corporate takeover, prompting the Thompson family to take steps to convert the company into a private model by buying out public shareholders in a tender offer. In December 1987, John Philp Thompson, the chairman and CEO of 7-Eleven, completed a $5.2 billion management buyout of the company. The buyout suffered from the effects of the 1987 stock market crash and after failing to raise high yield debt financing, the company was required to offer a portion of stock as an inducement to invest in the company's bonds. Various assets, such as the Chief Auto Parts chain, the ice division, hundreds of store locations, were sold between 1987 and 1990 to relieve debt incurred during the buyout.
This downsizing resulted in numerous metropolitan areas losing 7-Eleven stores to rival convenience store operators. In October 1990, the indebted Southland Corp. filed a pre-packaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy in order to transfer control of 70% of the company to Japanese affiliate Ito-Yokado. Southland exited bankruptcy in March 1991, after a cash infusion of $430 million from Ito-Yokado and Seven-Eleven Japan; these two Japanese entities now controlled 70% of the company, with the founding Thompson family retaining 5%. In 1999, Southland Corp. changed its name to 7-Eleven, Inc. citing the divestment of operations other than 7-Eleven. Ito-Yokado formed Seven & I Holdings Co. and 7-Eleven became its subsidiary in 2005. In 2007, Seven & I Holdings announced that it would be expanding its American operations, with an additional 1,000 7-Eleven stores in the United States. For the 2010 rankings, 7-Eleven climbed to the No. 3 spot in Entrepreneur Magazine's 31st Annual Franchise 500, "the first and most comprehensive ranking in the world".
This was the 17th year 7-Eleven was named in the top 10. In 2010, the first "green" 7-Eleven store opened in DeLand, Florida; the store features U. S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Environmental Design elements; the environmentally-friendly design brings the store savings in energy costs. That same year, 7-Eleven went mobile with the launch of the Slurpee drink's iPhone and An
Styr & Ställ
Styr & ställ is a public bicycle rental program in Gothenburg, Sweden. It is used by both tourists and citizens of Gothenburg. Anyone with a subscription can rent one of the 1000 bikes, from one of the 60 stations located around the city; the system was consisted of 600 bikes and 50 stations. The price for a season ticket was 100 kronor, 10 kronor for a three-day subscription; the season lasted from 1 April to 31 October and the number of bikes increased to 700. The price for a season ticket was 250 kronor. From 1 April to 30 June, 1.087 people started a season subscription and 6.960 three-day cards were sold. Over the year, there were over 202.000 leases and 18.000 subscribers, the number of leases since the launch in 2010 passed 500.000. The season reaches from 1 March to 30 November; the price for a season subscription has been reduced to 125 kronor, the number of bikes has increased to 1.000 and the number of stations to 60. In 2014, the season has been extended from 1 March to 31 December; the price for a season subscription has been further reduced to 75 kronor, while the number of bikes and stations remains constant.
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Sweden the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian Nordic country in Northern Europe. It borders Norway to the west and north and Finland to the east, is connected to Denmark in the southwest by a bridge-tunnel across the Öresund, a strait at the Swedish-Danish border. At 450,295 square kilometres, Sweden is the largest country in Northern Europe, the third-largest country in the European Union and the fifth largest country in Europe by area. Sweden has a total population of 10.2 million. It has a low population density of 22 inhabitants per square kilometre; the highest concentration is in the southern half of the country. Germanic peoples have inhabited Sweden since prehistoric times, emerging into history as the Geats and Swedes and constituting the sea peoples known as the Norsemen. Southern Sweden is predominantly agricultural, while the north is forested. Sweden is part of the geographical area of Fennoscandia; the climate is in general mild for its northerly latitude due to significant maritime influence, that in spite of this still retains warm continental summers.
Today, the sovereign state of Sweden is a constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy, with a monarch as head of state, like its neighbour Norway. The capital city is Stockholm, the most populous city in the country. Legislative power is vested in the 349-member unicameral Riksdag. Executive power is exercised by the government chaired by the prime minister. Sweden is a unitary state divided into 21 counties and 290 municipalities. An independent Swedish state emerged during the early 12th century. After the Black Death in the middle of the 14th century killed about a third of the Scandinavian population, the Hanseatic League threatened Scandinavia's culture and languages; this led to the forming of the Scandinavian Kalmar Union in 1397, which Sweden left in 1523. When Sweden became involved in the Thirty Years War on the Reformist side, an expansion of its territories began and the Swedish Empire was formed; this became one of the great powers of Europe until the early 18th century. Swedish territories outside the Scandinavian Peninsula were lost during the 18th and 19th centuries, ending with the annexation of present-day Finland by Russia in 1809.
The last war in which Sweden was directly involved was in 1814, when Norway was militarily forced into personal union. Since Sweden has been at peace, maintaining an official policy of neutrality in foreign affairs; the union with Norway was peacefully dissolved in 1905. Sweden was formally neutral through both world wars and the Cold War, albeit Sweden has since 2009 moved towards cooperation with NATO. After the end of the Cold War, Sweden joined the European Union on 1 January 1995, but declined NATO membership, as well as Eurozone membership following a referendum, it is a member of the United Nations, the Nordic Council, the Council of Europe, the World Trade Organization and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Sweden maintains a Nordic social welfare system that provides universal health care and tertiary education for its citizens, it has the world's eleventh-highest per capita income and ranks in numerous metrics of national performance, including quality of life, education, protection of civil liberties, economic competitiveness, equality and human development.
The name Sweden was loaned from Dutch in the 17th century to refer to Sweden as an emerging great power. Before Sweden's imperial expansion, Early Modern English used Swedeland. Sweden is derived through back-formation from Old English Swēoþēod, which meant "people of the Swedes"; this word is derived from Sweon/Sweonas. The Swedish name Sverige means "realm of the Swedes", excluding the Geats in Götaland. Variations of the name Sweden are used in most languages, with the exception of Danish and Norwegian using Sverige, Faroese Svøríki, Icelandic Svíþjóð, the more notable exception of some Finnic languages where Ruotsi and Rootsi are used, names considered as referring to the people from the coastal areas of Roslagen, who were known as the Rus', through them etymologically related to the English name for Russia; the etymology of Swedes, thus Sweden, is not agreed upon but may derive from Proto-Germanic Swihoniz meaning "one's own", referring to one's own Germanic tribe. Sweden's prehistory begins in the Allerød oscillation, a warm period around 12,000 BC, with Late Palaeolithic reindeer-hunting camps of the Bromme culture at the edge of the ice in what is now the country's southernmost province, Scania.
This period was characterised by small bands of hunter-gatherer-fishers using flint technology. Sweden is first described in a written source in Germania by Tacitus in 98 AD. In Germania 44 and 45 he mentions the Swedes as a powerful tribe with ships that had a prow at each end. Which kings ruled these Suiones is unknown, but Norse mythology presents a long line of legendary and semi-legendary kings going back to the last centuries BC; as for literacy in Sweden itself, the runic script was in use among the south Scandinavian elite by at least the 2nd century AD, but all that has come down to the present from the Roman Period is curt inscriptions on artefacts of male names, demonstrating th
Stockholm is the capital of Sweden and the most populous urban area in the Nordic countries. The city stretches across fourteen islands. Just outside the city and along the coast is the island chain of the Stockholm archipelago; the area has been settled since the Stone Age, in the 6th millennium BC, was founded as a city in 1252 by Swedish statesman Birger Jarl. It is the capital of Stockholm County. Stockholm is the cultural, media and economic centre of Sweden; the Stockholm region alone accounts for over a third of the country's GDP, is among the top 10 regions in Europe by GDP per capita. It is an important global city, the main centre for corporate headquarters in the Nordic region; the city is home to some of Europe's top ranking universities, such as the Stockholm School of Economics, Karolinska Institute and Royal Institute of Technology. It hosts the annual Nobel Prize ceremonies and banquet at the Stockholm Concert Hall and Stockholm City Hall. One of the city's most prized museums, the Vasa Museum, is the most visited non-art museum in Scandinavia.
The Stockholm metro, opened in 1950, is well known for the decor of its stations. Sweden's national football arena is located north of the city centre, in Solna. Ericsson Globe, the national indoor arena, is in the southern part of the city; the city was the host of the 1912 Summer Olympics, hosted the equestrian portion of the 1956 Summer Olympics otherwise held in Melbourne, Australia. Stockholm is the seat of the Swedish government and most of its agencies, including the highest courts in the judiciary, the official residencies of the Swedish monarch and the Prime Minister; the government has its seat in the Rosenbad building, the Riksdag is seated in the Parliament House, the Prime Minister's residence is adjacent at Sager House. Stockholm Palace is the official residence and principal workplace of the Swedish monarch, while Drottningholm Palace, a World Heritage Site on the outskirts of Stockholm, serves as the Royal Family's private residence. After the Ice Age, around 8,000 BC, there were many people living in what is today the Stockholm area, but as temperatures dropped, inhabitants moved south.
Thousands of years as the ground thawed, the climate became tolerable and the lands became fertile, people began to migrate back to the North. At the intersection of the Baltic Sea and lake Mälaren is an archipelago site where the Old Town of Stockholm was first built from about 1000 CE by Vikings, they had a positive trade impact on the area because of the trade routes they created. Stockholm's location appears in Norse sagas as Agnafit, in Heimskringla in connection with the legendary king Agne; the earliest written mention of the name Stockholm dates from 1252, by which time the mines in Bergslagen made it an important site in the iron trade. The first part of the name means log in Swedish, although it may be connected to an old German word meaning fortification; the second part of the name means islet, is thought to refer to the islet Helgeandsholmen in central Stockholm. According to Eric Chronicles the city is said to have been founded by Birger Jarl to protect Sweden from sea invasions made by Karelians after the pillage of Sigtuna on Lake Mälaren in the summer of 1187.
Stockholm's core, the present Old Town was built on the central island next to Helgeandsholmen from the mid-13th century onward. The city rose to prominence as a result of the Baltic trade of the Hanseatic League. Stockholm developed strong economic and cultural linkages with Lübeck, Gdańsk, Visby and Riga during this time. Between 1296 and 1478 Stockholm's City Council was made up of 24 members, half of whom were selected from the town's German-speaking burghers; the strategic and economic importance of the city made Stockholm an important factor in relations between the Danish Kings of the Kalmar Union and the national independence movement in the 15th century. The Danish King Christian II was able to enter the city in 1520. On 8 November 1520 a massacre of opposition figures called the Stockholm Bloodbath took place and set off further uprisings that led to the breakup of the Kalmar Union. With the accession of Gustav Vasa in 1523 and the establishment of a royal power, the population of Stockholm began to grow, reaching 10,000 by 1600.
The 17th century saw Sweden grow into a major European power, reflected in the development of the city of Stockholm. From 1610 to 1680 the population multiplied sixfold. In 1634, Stockholm became the official capital of the Swedish empire. Trading rules were created that gave Stockholm an essential monopoly over trade between foreign merchants and other Swedish and Scandinavian territories. In 1697, Tre Kronor was replaced by Stockholm Palace. In 1710, a plague killed about 20,000 of the population. After the end of the Great Northern War the city stagnated. Population growth halted and economic growth slowed; the city was in shock after having lost its place as the capital of a Great power. However, Stockholm maintained its role as the political centre of Sweden and continued to develop culturally under Gustav III. By the second half of the 19th century, Stockholm had regained its leading economic role. New industries emerged and Stockholm was transformed into an important trade and service centre as well as a key gateway point within Sweden.
The population grew during this time through immigration. At the end
Ofo is a Beijing-based bicycle sharing company founded in 2014. The dockless system uses its smartphone app to unlock and locate nearby bicycles, charging an hourly rate for use. In 2017, it had deployed over 10 million bicycles in 20 countries; the company has over 62.7 million monthly active users. In 2018, ofo announced massive reduction in operations, including withdrawing from most US cities and from several entire countries; the company was founded in 2014 by five members of the Peking University cycling club as a project that focused on bicycle tourism before deciding on bicycle sharing. It was named "ofo" due to the word's resemblance to a cyclist on a bicycle. Ofo was launched in June 2015 in Beijing, gaining 20,000 users and 2,000 bicycles by October with investment funding from a Peking University alumnus. In 2016, ofo expanded to other cities in China, had a fleet of 85,000 bicycles by the end of the year; the company raised $130 million in funding from tech firms Xiaomi and Didi Chuxing in September 2016, allowing it to expand outside China.
A Series D funding round in February 2017, led by Didi Chuxing and Russian investor Digital Sky Technologies, raised $450 million for ofo and valued the company at $1 billion. Ofo began expanding outside China in 2017, with launches in Singapore in February 2017. In April 2017, it was announced that the United Nations Development Programme has started a partnership to raise public awareness on climate changes; the partnership project, 1 KM Action, lead to another collaboration with the Clara Lionel Foundation, an organisation founded by Rihanna, which aims to provide bikes and scholarships to girls in Malawi. The same month, ofo announced an undisclosed amount of funding from Ant Financial, an Alibaba affiliate. In July 2017, ofo announced $700 million of additional funding in a round led by Alibaba, Hony Capital and Citic PE. In December 2017, ofo launched its service in Paris and progressively deployed 2,500 bikes over the city of Paris and neighbouring Neuilly-sur-Seine, Boulogne-Billancourt and Levallois-Perret.
According to figures communicated by the company in July 2018, the bikes are rented up to four times a day, representing 5,000 to 10,000 daily trips. Ofo says. In February 2018, Texas A&M University partnered with ofo and rolled out a bike sharing platform on campus.ofo raised an additional $866 million led by Alibaba in March 2018. For the US market, ofo hired Uber spokesperson and Mandarin speaker Chris Taylor to run US operations. After missing the opportunity to merge with Mobike and failing to reach an acquisition deal with Didi, ofo now suffers from high operational costs and lack of additional funding to expand its business. In midst of a cash crunch, ofo only ordered 80,000 of its expected 5 million annual bicycles. After Mobike received a US$2.7 billion investment from Meituan-Dianping, ofo began an international and domestic contraction to stay alive. In an internal meeting, ofo's CEO Dai Wei compared the company's situation to wartime Britain, as portrayed in the film Darkest Hour.
He told his staff that they could leave the company if they didn't want to fight until the end. In July 2018, ofo announced that it will leave several countries and reduce the number of cities served in others in order to focus on "priority" markets. Operations ceased in Australia, Germany, Israel and Thailand. In the United Kingdom, the company left Cambridge, Norwich and Sheffield and cancelled its planned launch in Leeds in order to focus on London only, but withdrew from London in January 2019. In the United States, ofo announced the layoff of 70 % of its employees to focus on an unspecified ″handful of cities″. In August, ofo left Dallas, leaving hundreds of bikes at the recycling center and exited Seattle, where it donated some 800 bikes to three nonprofits. In August 2018, China's Didi and Ant Financial weighed a joint $2 billion buyout of ofo, but Dai Wei said he would turn down an offer of US$10 billion. In October 2018 a flood of requests for ofo user deposit refunds started. In December 2018, ofo considered declaring bankruptcy several times over cash flow issues.
It was reported in January 2019 that ofo had dissolved its international division and offered its 50 remaining employees the option to leave or take a 50% pay cut and transfer to the Chinese business. Ofo's former employees in Singapore said in January 2019 that the firm's operations in the country have "practically ceased" as there were no personnel left; as of 3 February 2019, ofo's website shows a plain white page. The ofo app still works and bicycle's location are still shown in the app. On 14 January 2019, Singapore's Land Transport Authority suspended ofo's operating license due to its failure to meet regulatory requirements such as implementation of QR code for parking of bike and decreasing its fleet size. Ofo is required to remove all its bicycles within a month. Customers use the company's mobile app on their smartphones to locate nearby bicycles; each bike has a QR code on the frame. Ofo bike unlocking is available on other collaborative apps such as WeChat and Alipay in Mainland China.
Each yellow bicycle reports its location via satellite positioning, allowing users to see which bikes are available nearby. Users pay within the app with
Mobike known as Meituanbike, founded by Beijing Mobike Technology Co. Ltd. is a station-less bicycle-sharing system headquartered in Beijing, China. It is, by the number of bicycles, the world's largest shared bicycle operator, in December 2016, made Shanghai the world's largest bike-share city. In June 2017, Mobike raised $600 million in Series E funding led by Tencent, bringing the firm's fund raising in 2017 alone to nearly US$1 billion. In the same month, the company was valued at US$3 billion. In April 2018, Mobike was acquired by Chinese web company Meituan-Dianping for US$2.7 billion. In August 2018, Mobike launched an electric version of their orange bicycle; as of 2018 Mobike operated in over 19 countries around the world. Chinese cities with Mobike include but are not limited to Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Ningbo, Foshan, Changsha, Shantou, Deyang, Guiyang, Xi'an, Wuhan. Operations in Singapore, the company's first overseas market, started on 21 March 2017. Mobike Japan was launched on 22 June 2017, Fukuoka being its first recipient.
In Osaka, to gain traction for its e-bike business, Panasonic partnered with Chinese Mobike to explore the possibilities of an electric-bike-sharing service in Japan. In 31 August 2017, Mobike announced its official launch in Thailand with its partnership with AIS, Central Pattana and Kasertsat University. In the beginning of 2018, Mobike Thailand team launched its second city as Chiang Mai – Northern Thailand’s largest city. Mobike's launch is directly in line with the city government's "Non-Motorised Transport" initiative, which focuses on promoting ecotourism through the development of a sustainable urban transport system. Mobike launched in Malaysia on 6 September 2017, with the first bikes being rolled out in Setia Alam and Cyberjaya just a month later. In Australia, the service was launched in Sydney in November 2017 and the Gold Coast, Queensland in February 2018. In May 2018, Mobike launched its operations in Israel in cities including Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, Givatayim and Kiryat Bialik.
On 11 March 2019, Mobike requested to surrender its bicycle sharing license and cease all operation in Singapore. The fate of the 25,000 bikes are still unknown. In the summer of 2017, Mobike launched its service in Manchester, UK, it was Mobike's 100th city, the first outside of Asia. In September, Mobike extended its service to London followed by launching in Newcastle. In October 2017, Mobike entered Oxford. In June 2018, Mobike launched in Cambridge. In September 2018, Mobike announced; the company said that it had suffered increased bike losses dues to vandalism in the city. In 2019, Mobike continues to operate bikesharing in London, Newcastle and Cambridge. In Italy, Mobike began operations in Florence in July 2017, followed by Milan in August and Bergamo in November and Mantova in March 2018, Reggio Emilia in May and Bologna in June. On 9 November 2017 Mobike launched in Rotterdam, The Netherlands; the ceremony was attended by the 2017 world champion cycling women's road race. Mobike extended its service in the Netherlands in June 2018 with the launch of Mobike in Delft.
In March 2019, Mobike launched in The Hague. In Germany, Mobike launched its operations on 21 November 2017 by deploying 700 bicycles in Berlin, making it the 200th city worldwide with Mobike's bicycle sharing operations. Mobike expanded in Germany by launching in Dusseldorf in May 2018, followed by Cologne in July 2018 and Hannover in September 2018. In France, the service was launched in Paris on 24 January 2018. In December 2018, Mobike and Transdev announced an exclusive partnership aiming at proposing Mobike to other French municipalities as complementary offer to public transport networks managed by Transdev. In Spain, began its first operations in Madrid on 18 June 2018. Spain was Mobike's 19th country of operation, was in support of the city’s urban mobility strategy, calling for increased use of low carbon transportation. In September 2018, Mobike entered the l'Hospitalet de Llobregat thanks to an agreement with the city council. L'Hospitalet is a neighboring city to Barcelona. On 26 September 2018, Mobike launched in Zaragoza.
In February 2019, Mobike was awarded permission to launch electronic scooters in Madrid. In Albania, this bike-sharing system was launched in Tirana on 8 June 2018. On 20 September 2017, Mobike's first bike-sharing service in the United States started from Washington, D. C.. Mobike however pulled out of Washington, D. C. after less than a year of service, in July 2018. Mobike launched in Charlotte, North Carolina on 22 December 2017 and in San Diego on 23 February 2018. Operations in The Woodlands, Texas started in January 2018 and ceased in October 2018. In February 2018, Mobike launched its operations in Santiago, Chile; as described by the company, Mobike is intended to solve the last mile issue in which commuters face the problem of being stuck a bit too far from their destination to walk, but too close to justify the cost or delay of finding a taxi. Similar to Call a Bike in Germany, every Mobike bicycle comes with an internet-controlled electronic wheel lock that automatically unlocks but requires manual locking after use.
Mobike bicycles are powered by a small generator installed on the rear wheel hub to power the lock, or by a PV panel in some bike models. The patented disc brake is said to withstand over 10,000 kilometres of riding without failure. Mobike has partnered with Qualcomm (using their I