Back again with yet another bike sharing app! This time, we’ll be signing up for QuickTo, my bike sharing app of choice. QuickTo, called 快兔出行, or Fast Rabbit Bike Rental, in Chinese, is the app associated with the green bikes you can see around Guiyang. I’m not sure why it has a low rating on my app store, because the app ran smoothly and the bikes are nice and readily available around town.
- A phone with internet access, GPS and Bluetooth
- A Chinese phone number
- WeChat Wallet
As per usual, to sign in to the app, you’ll need to verify your phone number. Put your phone number into the first box, hit the green button next to the second box, and wait for a verification code to be sent to your phone. Once you’ve got it typed into the second box, hit the green button below and head to the next step.
If this screen doesn’t come up automatically, you can find it by attempting to hit the rental button at the bottom of the map screen.
On this page, you’re being prompted to pay a deposit of 99 RMB. Tap the green button at the bottom of the screen to initiate the WeChat Wallet payment process.
In the other apps I’ve used, I’ve been prompted to verify my identity with pictures of my passport. With QuickTo, I didn’t even have to do that. Once my phone was verified and the deposit was paid, I was free to ride.
If you have a different experience, please contact me so I can update this article. I found it pretty strange that I didn’t need to verify my identity, and I’d like to keep these guides up to date and accurate. If you are asked to verify your ID, I’d appreciate a screenshot of that page so I can update with a photo. Feel free to obscure any identifying info, or I will do it myself before posting.
Locate the QR code behind the seat of the bicycle. I haven’t had much luck scanning the QR codes due to the reflective surface of the plastic covering the code. Instead, I’ve been selecting the manual input method and typing the number below the QR code in myself.
If your Bluetooth isn’t turned on, you’ll be prompted to turn it on. A few seconds later, the lock on the rear wheel will snap open and you’re ready to hop on.
Out of the three bike sharing apps I’ve tried thus far, QuickTo is my favorite. It’s easy to sign up for, the deposit is one of the lowest, and they’re readily available around Guiyang. Some bikes have baskets, some don’t, but they are all a pretty nice ride. They’re lightweight one-speeds, good for city cycling on a nice day.
Always check the bike out before you rent it. I saw one that had a wonky basket, scanned it to rent it, and when I tried to ride it I realized it also had a missing pedal! I ended the ride immediately in-app and notified the company of the damaged bike, but I was pretty worried for a couple days that I’d be held responsible for the damage. Even if the bike looks fine, once you’ve started the rental, test the brakes as well. You don’t want to get in an accident because you don’t realize you’ve got weak brakes until you need them.
I have also gone through the refund process, and the deposit was refunded to my bank account within about 20 minutes. Afterwards, I signed back into the app and paid the deposit again, because it’s a great service.
If you’d like to try out another bike sharing app, take a look at the guides to Ofo or Mobike, the other two companies that are well-represented in Guiyang. They have their benefits and drawbacks, so it’s a good idea to check them all out before committing to one.