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Masslive: Worcester’s dockless yellow bikes will soon be no more. The Chinese bikesharing company ofo announced it will pull all 400 of its bikes from Worcester amid a nationwide downsizing. The company is also ending its service in Revere, Quincy and Lynn. When ofo came to Worcester last September with it’s $1 an hour rentals, it was the second U.S. market the company launched in after Seattle.
“As we continue to bring bikeshare to communities across the globe, ofo has begun to prioritize operations in a number of successful markets, allowing us to continue to serve our customers at the high level of quality they have come to expect,” ofo’s head of North America, Andrew Daley, said in a statement.
Ofo came to Worcester last year as the city and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce were actively searching for a bike share program to complement the city’s ongoing renaissance, providing alternative modes of transportation as the city works to install bicycle lanes and get people moving both within and outside of downtown and the neighborhoods. Ofo fit the bill. The company distributed bikes in targeted locations and riders used a smartphone application to locate and unlock the bikes. When they were done, they could leave them in any public place for someone else to find.
Who saw this coming? Oh yea, we did. And so did everyone else except for the mainstream media and the morons who run the City of Worcester (the McGovern Crime Family). Seriously, how can Masslive publish this sentence and keep a straight face:
“Ofo came to Worcester last year as the city and the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce were actively searching for a bike share program to complement the city’s ongoing renaissance.”
Every time I hear the word “renaissance” I wanna laugh. How out of touch can you be? You can put up all these overpriced yuppie magnet loft apartments (which by the way, are at less than 50% capacity because low and behold people aren’t willing to pay Boston prices to live in Worcester) but at the end of the day the Worcester slop patrol isn’t going anywhere. If you took the Green Street junkbox mafia and put them on a one way bus to Southbridge, then we could talk about renaissance. But until then it’s always gonna be Worcester.
If you wanna see why the Ofo bikes failed here in a nutshell, I give you this video we never shared before from last month in Webster Square:
As you can see, this upstanding gentleman has panhandled enough today to be able to afford a bag of smack, and he needs to get to Diego’s spot because word on the street is that Diego just got that reup. But he doesn’t wanna walk there so he takes an Ofo bike. However, since he’s a sewer guppy he doesn’t have a credit card…..or money. But he does have a rock, and he does know that if you smash the GPS tracker in the back then the bike is officially yours.
Of course he likely learned this from watching the Canterbury Street junior cockroaches take this poor bike to poundtown at Maranville Park last fall:
As usual, Turtleboy was right and the people running the city were wrong. But people dismissed us as “hateful” and said we were too negative because we did what we always do – we pointed out the truth. Worcester isn’t a real city because we don’t have REAL traffic and parking isn’t an issue. So the only people riding the yellow bikes are bums, the homeless, and junior hoodboogers doing the Main South 500.
This is the nonsense city leaders tried to sell you on:
Happy looking guys and gals in suits riding around on bikes to get from meeting to meeting.
But anyone who really knows Worcester like we know Worcester, knows full well what was happening to those bikes:
And we know who was riding them:
And these McMuffins swerving into traffic.
At the end of the day it didn’t cost Worcester anything. The real loser is Ofo, who fell for this terrible, short sighted business plan. I feel like they got bamboozled with a set of lies from Ed Augustus and Tim Murray and company. Ofo has worked in cities like Seattle, San Francisco, and Shanghai. Ya know why? Because those are real cities. Sure, they have plenty of slopqueefs too. But there are yuppies everywhere participating in actual commerce there already. And in Worcester they just talk about how 10 years from now we’ll be like that too. But in reality Worcester will always be Worcester and we will never, ever be able to have nice things.
TB called San Fran a real city and sahe. Wow. Go look at how many people shit on the sidewalk everday forget pulling over on 93. They shit all over streets and leave druggy needles everywhere.
This city has sucked for the last 75 years if not longer and it will never, ever, ever, ever turn around unless Boston suddenly breaks off from North America and falls into the Atlantic. All of the half-occupied $3,500/month exposed brick wall and wood beam apartments in the World won’t change the fact that it’s 50 miles from anything important and filled to the brim with humanoids, freaks, and Trustees of modern chemistry. Just accept it for what it is – a burnt out mill city best left in the rear view mirror.
Worcester, Revere, Quincy and Lynn?
Who was the dumbass who picked those cities?
In China, they probably took him outside to the back of the building and put a bullet in his head (and billed his family for the bullet) for this asinine business decision.
Would have the same result if they chose Fall River Lawrence Fitchburg or any of the other garden spots in this state
Why shitholes? Several reasons: Democrats love to serve the poor who choose rent, food, drugs etc. over buying a bike, so can rent one. Why would people owning bikes rent a heavy, slow one? So they don’t work in wealthy areas. HubWay/Blue bikes has had taxpayers buy the docks and bikes, so poorer cities rather go with dockless companies which only cost taxpayers in clutter.
LOL Ofo is taking the bikes out of Worcester now.
Hey writer, it’s “yeah”, not “yea”.
Worcester has tried to become something it is not for years and years and years. It’s NOT Boston. There’s not enough going on here. There are really no nice apartment complexes. There are too many thugs hanging out. People hate Worcester. It is a laughing stock.
Of course we had to know that Puerto Ricans would be largely responsible for Ofo being shitcanned in Worcester. Not saying it’s just them, (but you never hear a self respecting Puerto Rican fire back because it’s true.) The PRs and so called hoodboogers of Worcester infiltrated downtown like rats in the sewers. There is no need to even go downtown unless you’re having by-pass surgery at St. Vincent’s. Union station failed. Department stores and jewelry stores failed. Businesses failed. The skating Oval failed. The outlet mall failed. Hotels failed. Clubs, restaurants, bars failed. Even our Lt. Governor failed. The Hanover does ok, but it’s no theater district by any stretch of the imagination. And the DCU doesn’t pull in a fraction of the business it should. Have these places and places like these ALWAYS failed???? NOOOOO!!! Think about it. When did things turn to shit? I think you know the answer.
It was a accident waiting to happen from the start. The city was delusional to even consider it. Must be some areas of the country it would go over. I can’t think of any off hand, just too many homeless and street people out there now.
Really wow how racist are you it is not only puertorican using it and how the f*** would you know if they are just cause he is Hispanic don’t mean they are puertorican smh I’ve seen black white every race on main street that are crack heads using the bikes more whites than any other race fyi
They may fit a Chinese guy, but a 6′ Man riding that looks like a monkey trying to screw a football. Here’s a hint, wing ling….. check the local flea market. They probably get $40.00 for one.
I take great offense to being called a monkey. I was just trying to show every one I can ride a bike with out training wheels now
it is also pulling its service out of Revere, Quincy and Lynn.
From OFOs web site
Where does ofo currently operate?
As of late-2017, our service is available in the US, the UK, Australia, China, Japan, Malaysia, Russia, Thailand, Singapore, Spain, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, Czech Republic, Israel, Austria, and Kazakhstan.
My guess is China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore are the only places where they aren’t getting ripped off.
OFO has 10,000,000 bikes in circulation.
There’s a sucker born every minute. Look at the financing, from Wikipedia
2014–2016: Founding and success in Mainland China
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.
April 2017, 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.
ofo raised an additional $866 million led by Alibaba in March 2018.
Don’t be surprised if down the road the founder disappears but a torso is found in a ditch but no DNA match can be made. That’s a lot of money. I guess all it takes is using the words green and sustainable.
Trash a bike in one of many of those other countries and you might have your fucking legs cut off. But in good ol’ Worcester, MA, they look the other way because….well…fake racism.
I see these and the green bikes all over nashua. They are fucking littered everywhere. Some company must have fell for the same shit as ofo because nashua is a shithole maybe a cunthair less of a shithole than worcester, but a shithole nonetheless. Honestly, these bikes deserved to be stolen or found at the bottom of a river. Nobody wants more bicyclists on the road.
How intolerant of you. Those puke green bikes are lovely and Nashua is way hipper now for it..
Jason April, it’s ok to be white.
Worcester. Building 3-or-4 story buildings in the heart of downtown. Yup. Big city.
They will be lucky to find 10 of those bikes. 400? LOL
Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, ding, !!!!!
We have a winner!!!!!
We will never hear how many bikes got loaded back on the truck. But, for sure it’s not going to be 400.
The Chinese live in a police-state, cameras are everywhere. They are also going big-time into facial recognition. Steal something and even if it wasn’t a police-state 50 people would probably turn you in about a stolen bike.
There’s a youtube channel called Strange Parts. The guy who makes the videos live in China. He just did one about a convenience store with no employees. You use your cell phone to get in. So, right off the bat, they know you via the phone and they are recording who enters. Everything has an RIFD tag. You take what your want and stick them on a counter. The tags are read, you pay by phone. You take your stuff. I believe the RFIDs are read again at the door, the door opens if you have nothing extra. He said if you walked out with something not scanned the cops would be on your butt in a couple of minutes. And if they couldn’t find you, they could backtrack to where you came from.
I think OFO thought their way of doing commerce would work on the street level in the US, honor system and a police presence. They learned the hard way. The cops are useless. The fucking bikes are yellow. Should be easy to spot. Also one would think an ass-clown riding one on the highway would raise some eyebrows.
They get back to China and tell their bosses:
Not all Americans are thieves. It’s mostly the urban Democrats.
Cops can’t do anything. Stop a Puerto rican for riding an Ofo bike to check to see if it’s rented, and he will scream racism while all the SJW hold a march in support.
Amazon is hiring engineers now to do software and hardware for their upcoming no cashier/checkout stores. Everything in your cart is automatically scanned and your credit card is billed as you exit the store with the receipt emailed to you.
I drove around looking for one to snag today……nope
Adding bike lanes on city roads is because they get more money for the project from the feds to do so.
This thing with bicycles becoming a major mode of transportation is a fantasy of Maoist wannabes.
Yeah bikes don’t have windows to put up when you want to avoid interaction with the panhandlers.
I feel safe and comfy in my car. No way am I going out in the wild.
Roads are getting more bike lanes because MassDot and the state MPOs decided not to fund any local projects which don’t have bike lanes in them. Did they ask the public if that’s how we wanted our tax money used? No, not really unless you are a white, male, privileged cyclist who heard they wanted input over social media and responded. The majority motoring public was too busy with work, life to notice/respond.
The essence of the socialist bike programs are to remove road lanes for cars. Adding a bike lane makes a brutal commute. It is a form of coercion to force people to bike to work. The fact that New England winters are brutal only adds to the misery that the socialists are attempting to impose. Their wish is to see millions of Americans subjugated just like Chinese peasants !! The liberals and sjw’s that push for these asinine projects don’t “work”
It’s weird how they just add bike lanes in areas that make little to no sense too. You have the hill section of May St and Belmont St. (the only people who would go up such an incline are people who love to hillclimb – which are few and far between); or US Route 20 – the high speed four lane section next to the Rte 146 Junction. Like who in their right mind would want to ride their bike along these particular roads??
For many of these tick turds who are f-ing up traffic during rush hour and forcing you to swerve into oncoming traffic, the bike is much more a symbol of how self-righteous and superior they are and much less of a last resort mode of transportation. When I’m in my car with the wife and kids and there’s barely enough room to move past some Lance Armstrong wannabe and an oncoming car, you can bet your @ss I’m not risking getting dead by swerving 8 feet over to the left.
This ended up as a free bike program for the true pillars of Wormtown’s “Renaissance”.
Once again, TBS was right.
It’s such a fucking shit hole.
I’m gonna find a way to make this article racist.