I'm not endorsing any of these dockless bike companies, you understand. I just think it's interesting how their bikes are showing up now on our streets and in places I wouldn't necessarily expect, like here at this dead-end street in Georgetown. I'm fascinated, too, by the business models behind them and the technology.
Like Mobike, Ofo is a Beijing-based company. According to Wikipedia:
"Customers use the company's mobile app on their phones to locate nearby bicycles. Each bike has a code on the frame, which the customer scans to unlock the bike. They use the bike and when they are finished, they leave it on a public bike rack and lock it."