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Mobike crowned an earth champion

Mobike was recognised for its achievements in applying its innovative business model to improve urban eco-mobility while addressing environmental challenges



Hu Weiwei (centre) with Ibrahim Thiaw (left) and Erik Solheim (right) of the United Nations
Hu Weiwei (centre) with Ibrahim Thiaw (left) and Erik Solheim (right) of the United Nations

Dockless bikeshare company, Mobike, has scooped an environmental award in recognition of its company’s transformative contribution to the advancement of low carbon public transport.


The Champions of the Earth award is the United Nation’s highest environmental honour. It celebrates outstanding figures from the public and private sectors and from civil society whose actions have had a transformative, positive impact on the environment.


Mobike was named in the entrepreneurial vision category, in recognition of its achievements in applying its innovative business model to improve urban eco-mobility while addressing the challenge of urban air pollution and reducing carbon emissions.


“When we first started Mobike, our goal was to change cities by making bikes available to everyone. The humble bicycle can not only change people and cities, but can also help change the world -- both as a universal symbol of peace, and as a weapon in the fight against climate change,” said Hu Weiwei.


“Indeed, we believe that innovation, technology, and public participation are essential to meeting the United Nations sustainable development goals,” she continued. “That is why we would like to invite governments, NGO’s, cities, communities and businesses to join us at Mobike --- together with the United Nations -- to embrace bike-sharing, and create a pedal-powered green economy for the future.”


Over the past 19 months since it began operating, Mobike claims its 200 million users worldwide have collectively cycled over 18.2 billion kilometres, equivalent to reducing CO2 emissions by more than 4.4 million tons, or taking 1.24 million cars off the road for a year.


In early 2017, Mobike published its first bike-sharing industry white paper with Tsinghua University and the Beijing Tsinghua Tongheng Design & Research Institute. The research drew on quantitative and qualitative analysis of Mobike users’ behaviour over the last year and a survey of nearly 100,000 users across 36 cities.


The findings highlighted how the return of bikes to China’s cities is transforming urban transport patterns and lifestyles. Bike-sharing has helped double the rate of cycling, which now accounts for 11.6 per cent of total transportation versus just 5.5 per cent 12 months earlier.


The award was presented to Hu Weiwei, founder and president, Mobike. Since it was founded 14 years ago, the Champions of the Earth awards have recognised over 80 laureates -- ranging from leaders of nations to grassroots activists -- in the categories of policy, science, business and civil society.


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