Just over one year ago, when Chinese bike rental company ofo first rolled out its services in Washington D.C., the company said it was “thrilled” to be in the American capital, a city it described as a “great candidate” for bike sharing.

By summer, the company had announced it was scaling back its US operations as part of a broader retreat from international markets.

In late August, Velocity Bicycle Cooperative, an American cycling co-op posted a sales ad for brand-new ofo bikes at $100 a pop. The Mobike competitor’s withdrawal from the city had left behind “limited quantities” of its trademark yellow vehicles. Velocity did not respond immediately to a request for comment from TechNode.

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Bailey Hu

Bailey Hu is based in China’s hardware capital, Shenzhen. Her interests include local maker culture, grassroots innovation and how tech shapes society, as well as vice versa.