Bike share organization expels Ofo because of Florida lobbying

By Stephen Frothingham

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (BRAIN) — The North American Bikeshare Association has expelled Ofo US Limited from its membership. The company is the U.S. operation of China’s Ofo, one of the world’s largest dockless bike share companies. In the U.S., Ofo operates dockless systems in several cities, including Miami and San Francisco.

The organization said Ofo failed to comply with its code of conduct, specifically by lobbying for passage of Florida legislation that the NABSA opposed. The legislation, which was defeated, would have given the state, rather than local communities, control over bike share programs.

“As the leading authority for the bikeshare industry, our Code of Conduct encompasses the values that are most important for the success of systems across the U.S.,” said NABSA’s executive director, Samantha Herr. “All members are expected to adhere to these guidelines to keep bikeshare systems safe, equitable, reliable and supportive of the existing transportation landscape.”

According to NABSA, a member complained to the organization in January regarding Ofo’s lobbying efforts in Florida. NABSA said ofo’s lobbying activity was in violation of its code of conduct “because the bill pre-empted local control over bikeshare implementation, undercut years of hard work, investment and success of current bikeshare …read more

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