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Bike-sharing companies roll into St. Louis



A total of 1,500 new bicycles will hit the streets of St. Louis on Monday as two bike-sharing companies bring a growing trend to the city.

The rival companies, California-based LimeBike and China-based Ofo, both have permits to offer 750 bikes, rented out using app-based systems.

Those numbers could expand later in the year.

Both companies operate without docks for the bikes. Instead, the apps use GPS to help riders find bikes. Then the riders scan a code to unlock the bikes, and they lock the bikes again when they arrive at their destination. Users are automatically charged based on the time they use the bike.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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