Bike rental company Mobike has announced complimentary rides and deposit-free use of its bicycle network in Anhui province’s capital of Hefei, local media is reporting.

Unlike other bike rental platforms, users would not need to use Sesame Credit to sign up or use the bikes without paying a deposit. Existing users in the city who have already paid a deposit can be refunded within the app.

Hefei is the first city in China to benefit from the new system but its not clear if or when it will be rolled out to the rest of the country.

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based technology reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.