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Southern Metropolises Tell Bluegogo to Stay Off Didi’s Platform

Bluegogo bicycles sit in a heap in Beijing on Nov. 30. The company, one of dozens of bike-sharing startups that have mushroomed in Chinese cities in recent years, was hit by a capital crunch late last year, with reports emerging that it owed its suppliers more than 200 million yuan ($31 million). Photo: IC
Bluegogo bicycles sit in a heap in Beijing on Nov. 30. The company, one of dozens of bike-sharing startups that have mushroomed in Chinese cities in recent years, was hit by a capital crunch late last year, with reports emerging that it owed its suppliers more than 200 million yuan ($31 million). Photo: IC

Just weeks after cash-strapped Bluegogo tied-up with the country’s largest car-hailing service, two of China’s largest cities have announced the bike-sharing startup was banned from operating on Didi’s platform.

On Friday, Shenzhen, followed by Guangzhou on Monday, announced that it would be “illegal” for Bluegogo, which just formed an alliance with car-hailing firm Didi Chuxing Technology Co. Ltd., to offer any of its services on the other firm’s platform until “it has dealt with the deposit and debt issue.”

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