Chinese bike-share scheme launches in rainy Manchester

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Mobike dockless cycle scheme warmly welcomed in Manchester – and the bikes are well prepared for the weather

When China’s biggest public bike-hire operator chose Manchester as the location for their first smart scheme outside Asia, they were cautioned that the weather on the banks of the Irwell differed a little from the Yangtze.

“Everyone warned us about the rain,” said Richard Huang, head of international product at Mobike. He was sheltering under an alcove outside Marks & Spencer on Thursday morning as 1,000 of his silver and orange babies were released into the pot-holed streets of the sodden Cottonopolis for 50p a go.

We wanted a city that would be the most open-minded to work with, and everyone said Manchester

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