Yellow scan-and-ride bike found painted white in Sheffield

This Ofo bike was found painted white on West Street in Beighton (pic: Andrew Samson)
This Ofo bike was found painted white on West Street in Beighton (pic: Andrew Samson)
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Sheffield's yellow scan-and-ride bikes have already suffered no end of indignities, from being dumped in rivers and stashed up trees to getting flogged on Facebook.

But this is possibly the first time one of Ofo's popular dockless bicycles has been found painted white by vandals, presumably in an amateurish attempt to conceal its identity.

Andrew Samson spotted the bike with its slapdash paint job this morning at a bus stop on West Street, in Beighton.

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Despite the best efforts of a handful of yobs to wreck the successful scheme, Ofo has said it is proving a roaring success.

Thousands of people have used one of the bikes, which can be hired for 50p per half hour, and they have proved especially popular with the city's large student population.

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They have been such a hit since they were rolled out in January that the company has already expanded its fleet, bringing the number on Sheffield's streets to 1,600.

Ofo says while there has inevitably been a 'small amount of misuse', levels of vandalism are low and the vast majority of its bikes are being used in a 'responsible and considerate manner'.