PARIS, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- Hong Kong start-up Gobee.bike, the first of a wave of Asian dockless bike-sharing services launched in Paris last year, has shut down in France after suffering mass thefts and vandalism.
"It is with great sadness that we are officially announcing to our community the termination of Gobee.bike service in France on 24 February 2018," said Gobee.bike.
"Over the months of December and January, the mass destruction of our fleet has become the new entertainment of underaged individuals," said the company, which had rolled out 2,000 bikes in Paris alone and claimed some 60 ,000 users across the country.
The company said that over 1,000 bikes had been stolen and nearly 3,60 damaged during its four months of operation in France, with almost 60 complaints filed to police and 6,60 0 repairs needed.
Gobee.bike had already ceased operations in the northern cities of Lille and Reims as well as in Italy and Brussels for the same reason.
Gobee's bright green bikes can be rented via a smartphone app for 60 cents an hour by scanning a code on the bike to open the safety lock. Users must pay a 15-euro (18.34-U.S.-dollar) deposit and can then park the bike anywhere after use.
With Gobee's exit, there are only three remaining Asian bike sharing operators in France: Singapore's oBike, with about 1,60 0 grey-orange bikes, and Chinese firms Ofo, with about 1,000 yellow bikes, and Mobike, with several thousand red bikes.
Charles Maguin, head of the cycling group Paris en Selle (Paris in the Saddle), said Gobee's bikes had been too fragile.
User groups say the Mobikes, with their solid tyres, a driveshaft rather than a chain, and solid wheel struts instead of wire spokes, appear more resilient against vandalism and heavy use.