Ofo’s bicycle-rental feature is expected to be accessible to users within ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing’s app in April, signaling the bike-rental startup’s another step in an escalating race with competitors for market supremacy, our sister site TechNode Chinese is reporting (in Chinese).

Didi Chuxing declined to comment when contacted by TechNode. Ofo has not responded to requests for comment.

Such a tie-up is not unprecedented. Ofo’s arch-nemesis Mobike made a similar move in February when it made an announcement with popular social messaging app WeChat that users can unlock a bike by scanning a Mobike QR code using Wechat on their cellphones.

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Sheila Yu

Sheila Yu is a Shanghai-based technology writer. She brings readers the biggest news from Chinese language tech media. Reach her at sheila@technode.com.