The Yellow app, which is available for download on Android and iPhone (iOS), offers users shared bike rentals. The procedure done simply. With the app installed on my phone, I need to locate a nearby Yellow bike, choose a payment method, scan the QR Code on the vehicle and start running. After use, the bicycle can be parked anywhere within the coverage area.
The cost of the service is calculated by time of use and depends on the location of the user. Rates range from $ 1 to $ 2 for an average 15 minute rental. Yellow Bike is available in the following cities: Belo Horizonte, Braslia, Campinas, Curitiba, Florianpolis, Porto Alegre, Recife, Rio de Janeiro, So Jos dos Campos, So Paulo, Ilhabela (summer only) and Vitria. See the step by step elaborated by dnetc to rent a Yellow Bike through the app on your smartphone.
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How to use Yellow Bike in the free app for Android and iPhone Photo: Anna Kellen Bull / dnetc
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The user can login to the Yellow app using a Google account and providing the mobile number Photo: (Divulgao / Maria Dias)
Step 2. A window will pop up asking you to allow the app to access the device location. Click Allow. The home screen shows a map with your location. If the map is gray, you are outside Yellow's coverage area;
The map tells the user when he is in an area out of coverage of the Yellow app. Photo: (Divulgao / Maria Dias)
Step 3. If the map is white, as is usually the case with GPS services, you are in a location within the coverage area and you will be able to see Yellow icons scattered around the map. They show you where the bikes next to you are located. To start a race, access the menu by clicking on the icon in the lower left corner. Tap on the My Wallet option;
In the Yellow app menu you can access functions like My Wallet and Help Center Photo: (Divulgao / Maria Dias)
Step 4. To rent bikes and race, you need to put credit in your wallet. To do this, click Add Value. Choose your payment method: cash or credit card;
To use Yellow app services you need to buy credit with money or credit card Photo: (Divulgao / Maria Dias)
Step 5. Money offers the purchase of credits through physical partners, which are indicated on the map. In these establishments, you pay with cash for your credit purchase. In the Credit Card option, you choose the amount you want to put in your wallet. You can only choose from the following values: $ 5, $ 10, $ 20, $ 40, $ 80, and $ 120. After choosing the value, click Refill Card;
The user can only buy credits in amounts determined by the Yellow app (Divulgao / Maria Dias) Photo: (Divulgao / Maria Dias)
Step 6. Provide your credit card details and click Add. The purchase will be effective and the credits will appear in your wallet within the app. In My Wallet you can transfer existing credit to a friend. To perform the action, just click Transfer to friends, choose the value and generate a code;
After entering the card data, the credits appear to the user in the Yellow app. It is also possible to transfer them to a friend. Photo: (Divulgao / Maria Dias)
Step 7. With the credits in your wallet, the next step is to rent a bike. On the map, locate a yellow near you. When you reach the location indicated by the app, use your phone to scan the QR code of the bike. Just focus your camera on the image located on the vehicle lock on the rear wheel. If you cannot scan the code, enter it manually;
Use the Scan button in the Yellow app to photograph the QR code located on the rear wheel of the bike. Photo: (Divulgao / Maria Dias)
Step 8. A warning to the user appears on the app screen: if the vehicle is returned in an out-of-coverage area, a fee of $ 30 will be charged. The user must accept the return term and scan the QR code again. After identification is made, the bicycle lock is opened and the use of the bicycle is released. The credits you have in the app's wallet will be consumed according to the vehicle's usage time. Every 15 minutes charged the amount of $ 1.50;
The user of the Yellow app must accept the term that imposes a fine on the vehicle made outside the coverage area. Photo: (Divulgao / Maria Dias)
Step 9. If you want to end the trip, you do not need to return the bike to a specific station or location. You can leave it on the street as long as the location is within Yellow's coverage area. To end the race, I need to close the lock located on the rear wheel of the bike, next to the QR Code. A screen with the status of your trip will appear, indicating that the vehicle return has been completed.
App Yellow offers the option to share the status of the completed race and report a problem while using it. Photo: (Divulgao / Maria Dias)
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