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People ride bikes from Chinese bike-sharing operator Mobike in Washington DC. Mobike launched its service in Washington on Wednesday Washington Wizards Women's Jersey , marking the US debut of its dockless bicycles amid rapid expansion across the world. — Xinhua
THE bike-sharing trend which has taken China by storm has arrived in the US capital with the launch of new services aimed at promoting two-wheeled travel without the hassle of a docking station.

China-based giant Mobike and California-based LimeBike each began deploying hundreds of bikes, which have GPS location tracking and are unlocked with a smartphone app, under an agreement with Washington transport officials.

On Wednesday, the bright-green LimeBikes started appearing in downtown Washington along with the orange-colored Mobikes, both offering 30-minute rides for US$1. A third startup, California-based Spin, is set to begin operating in the capital later this month.

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The new systems will undercut the docked bike-sharing network by offering rides at half the price of the competition and free users from worrying about whether docking stations are available.

LimeBike, which is now in 10 US cities and has raised US$12 million since it was founded in early 2017, aims to be a complement in the transport system and will deploy 400 bicycles in Washington DC.

“It’s all about reducing barriers,” said LimeBike market launcher Jason Wilde, who was showcasing the new bikes on Farragut Square, a few blocks from the White House.

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Until now, the only option for Washingtonians had been Capital Bikeshare, which has 440 stations with 3,700 bikes to be rented from US$2 for 30 minutes.

Wilde said Washington “is home to one of the most successful existing bike-share programs, but it has not reached as many people as it should.”

Washington is the first US city for Mobike, which has distributed some 7 million bicycles in China and elsewhere.

“We are thrilled to call Washington DC Mobike’s first home in North America,” Hu Weiwei San Antonio Spurs Women's Jersey , its co-founder and president, said as the company began deploying some 200 bikes.

“Mobike is committed to developing a global bike-share culture by collaborating closely with cities, and the US capital is key in achieving this.”

Mobike, which faces fierce competition in China, is eying other US cities, said Rachel Song, its US general manager.

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Mobike has recently raised US$600 million to fuel its global expansion.

Its orange bikes feature a chainless shaft transmission and airless tires, aiming to be maintenance-free for up to four years.

The dockless system has become a craze in China, with more than 10 million bikes in use.

But it has also led to a cluttering of city centers with broken or badly parked bikes.

BEIJING, Nov. 1 (Xinhua) -- Manufacturing activities at smaller Chinese enterprises maintained a steady expansion last month, a private survey showed on Wednesday.

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A reading above 50 indicates expansion, while a reading below reflects contraction.

The Caixin survey samples over 500 manufacturers in China and mainly focuses on small and medium-sized firms.

People wave Spanish national flags in a march with the slogan "Enough and let's recover the sensibility", to defend the Spanish constitution and the unity of Spain in Barcelona, Spain, Oct. 8, 2017. (Xinhua file photoJuan Carlos Rojas)

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Protesters carried Catalan, Spanish and European flags in support of Spain. They also shouted slogans such as "Puigdemont to prison", and "no amnesty, no forgiveness", among others.

Former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, along with his government, was dismissed on Friday by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Philadelphia 76ers Women's Jersey , who also called new elections in the region on Dec. 21.

The demonstration was organized by the association Societat Civil Catalana, which claimed that there were 1.3 million people on the streets.

The representative of the Spanish central government in Catalonia said around 1 million people joined the rally. Barcelona police put the number at some 300,000.

The Spanish government on Saturday officially took control of Catalonia's regional government, Generalitat, with Rajoy taking control of the functions of the president of Generalitat.

Rajoy has delegated these duties on Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, who is also in charge of the Catalan vice-presidency.

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These moves followed the decision taken by the Catalan parliament on Friday to unilaterally declare independence of the region in the northeast of Spain.

Catalonia held a referendum on self-determination on Oct. 1, which had been declared illegal by the Spanish Constitutional Court.

The application of Article 155 of the Spanish Constitution,.
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