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GoBee is latest bike-sharing scheme in Brussels

10:59 31/10/2017

Brussels has another bike-sharing scheme, with GoBee Bike joining the likes of Villo, oBike and the electric Billy Bike on the city's streets.

A fleet of 200 bright green bikes made their appearance in Brussels at the weekend. Like oBike, the scheme does not use docking stations, with users locating their nearest bike via a smartphone app and scanning a QR code to unlock it.

Prices start at €0.50 for half an hour's use and users must pay a €50 security deposit when they register.

GoBee Bike started in Hong Kong earlier this year and has also expanded to Lille and Paris. Its aim in Brussels is to serve parts of the city where public transport is limited, including Uccle and areas to the north-west.

The "free floating" system has not pleased Brussels' mobility minister Pascal Smet. Singapore-based oBike introduced 500 bikes to the city's streets recently, prompting complaints that they were left in inconvenient places.

Smet said that there is no law banning bicycles that do not have docking stations, but that he is meeting with cabinet members to discuss the situation.