The globalization competition between ofo and Mobike, two of China’s top bike rental giants, is reaching a feverish pitch. Instead of revealing the entrance to overseas markets one by one, ofo announced today that it will be launching in a cluster of four European countries of Russia, Czech Republic, Italy and Netherlands on the September 22nd World Car Free Day.

Tapping into these new countries, ofo is launching its service in Moscow (Russia), Prague (Czech Republic), Milan (Italy), as well as Groningen & Rotterdam (Netherlands) gradually, according to a company statement.

The launch process and model in each city vary. Through a partnership with local firm Velobike, ofo’s signature yellow bikes are expected to appear on the streets of Moscow in spring of 2018 when the trial launch starts. The bikes will be customized to meet the high Moscow standards and equipped with GPS/Glonass trackers.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.