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SHANGHAI: Unlock them with an app, drop them off anywhere, and nip past lanes of stationary car traffic: The humble bicycle is seeing a revival in China as a new generation of startups helps tackle urban congestion and pollution with fleets of brightly colored two wheelers.Key rivals Mobike, Ofo and others are tapping into the sharing economy ethic behind Airbnb and ride-hailing apps such as Uber, and targeting China's 700 million mobile phone users, who increasingly use their smartphone for transactions.Bikes can be left anywhere for the next user.Once emblematic of China's masses, bikes lost ground as economic growth and urban sprawl fueled consumer demand for cars – the nation is now the world's largest automobile market.Ofo, which launched in 2015 as a Peking University student project, claims 10 million users for its 1 million bright-yellow bikes in 33 cities.It plans to add 10-15 million bikes this year, Chief Operating Officer Zhang Yanqi told AFP
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