For tourists that are staying at comfort hotel in Sukhumvit, they might find it easier to go around the area using bicycles rather than commuting all the time. This is one of the reasons why a start-up company from Singapore decided to launch the o Bike. It is a bike sharing service with no stations. It was introduced in Bangkok last month and their major reason for doing so is to lessen the traffic congestion that is currently plaguing the city due to the large number of locals and tourists that go about their business every day.
It is now obvious when you do around the stations of the skytrain in Bangkok that the orange bicycles are starting to grow in number. This is something new since Bangkok used to have very few bicycles on the road.
The orange bicycles that you might see are different from the regular bikes that can be found in the city. These are operating under a bike sharing scheme that originated in China. The good news is that it can be picked up at any location and left whenever it is not needed anymore.
The operation of the orange bicycles is all dependent on a mobile application. As soon as riders want to use a bike, all they have to do are unlock it by scanning the QR code located in the frame of the bicycle. When they are done, they can leave the bike anywhere by locking it again through scanning.
The payment is deducted from the rider’s credit card. For first time users of the bike sharing scheme, an initial, one-time deposit must be paid worth 899 baht. The service fee for every use is around 10 baht for every 15 minutes. These fees are not fixed and are subject to change in the future.
oBike said that they have already placed a number of bicycles near Sukhumvit Road where comfort hotel in Sukhumvit is located. This is necessary because of the traffic congestion in the area. They have also placed bikes in other congested locations such as Lumpini Park and Chulalongkorn University.