A heap of Ofo bike share bicycles have been piling up at the Dallas recycling center since the Beijing-based company recently abandoned the Dallas market.
According to reports, Ofo is one of three bike share companies that have left Dallas since late June, when the City Council approved regulations that require companies to get permits and pay the city per bike or scooter. Now, the city is trying to figure out who is responsible for the abandoned bikes.
NPR has more:
Bike share company Ofo left an unwelcome parting gift as it exited the Dallas market: a heap of hundreds of its banana-yellow bikes. A photo of the massive pile went viral, prompting questions about who is responsible for the rental bikes — and the fate of similar bike-share ventures in other cities.
"Terrible," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said in a tweet that featured a photo by Robert Vandling, who spotted the tangle of bikes at a collection center run by CMC Recycling American.
The recycling center "purchased the irreparable bikes as scrap metal," CMC's Public and Investor Relations Manager Susan Gerber said in a statement to NPR.