Ofo, China’s leading bike rental company, announced October 10 its launch in Washington, D.C., following Seattle and Massachusetts.

The fast-expanding firm will deploy 400 of its yellow bikes over the course of its first week, as the local government only allows 400 bikes on the streets during the “demonstration stage.” The local regulator appears to be extra cautious with the bike number, especially when ofo’s rival Mobike also launched in the same city last month.

“The US government is taking a more careful approach,” Grace Lin, Vice President of ofo US, told TechNode during a phone interview. “[The local government] want to make sure the dock-less operators can be a major part of the city instead of bringing in something they can’t control,” she said.

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