This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of ofo. The opinions and text are all mine.
I’ve got a new ride this Fall! No, I’m not talking about a new car, but a more convenient way to get around the city. I’m talking about the ofo bike share program, now in D.C.! This weekend I had the opportunity to test out the bikes. The experience of renting, riding and returning the bike was the easiest process ever!
Ofo is different from other bike share programs in that there are no docking stations. I located a few near me very quickly, and headed over to try one out. Since there aren’t any docking stations, it was super easy to find an available bike nearby. I downloaded the ofo app onto my iPhone, which provided me the most up to date location info on where to find a bike. I located a few near me very quickly, and headed over to try one out.
Once I got to the bike, I simply hit “Unlock” on the app. It then takes you to a screen where you can scan the QR code found on the back of the bike. Once successful, you receive a passcode to unlock the bike. I entered my code and voila – the bike unlocked and was ready for me to ride! So simple, right?!
Aside from looking stylish (the bikes are bright yellow and black and you know I love anything colorful!), the bikes are comfortable too. It has a basket in the front which is great for resting your bag, water bottle or other belongings while you ride. This was another thing I took note of because other bike share company bikes don’t have anything but a metal grill and elastic cables on the front of the bike. Many a time I’ve struggled to keep my water bottle tied to the front of the bike, and had to keep my bag on while I rode around. I didn’t have those worries with ofo bikes – I could rest my things safely and easily and didn’t have to think twice about them while I cruised around.
Once I finished riding the bike, I took it back to the same spot where I retrieved it, though I could have locked it up and left it pretty much anywhere – just like I would if it were my own bike! When you’re ready to return it, you can either park it in one of ofo’s ‘Preferred Parking Zones’, or any public bike rack. Go into the app to end your ride, lock it, and leave it!
Another cool thing – it’s only $1 an hour! And ofo currently is running a promo in DC for free unlimited 2-hour rides through Oct. 22. With these prices, I can get around D.C. faster, and cheaper than any other form of public or private transportation!
Ofo is a great new way to get around the city. Click here to see if it’s in your town, and try it out– it’s easy, affordable, eco-friendly and fun!