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  • I'm seeing a lot of Ofo bikes that have been nicked. A reasonable number with a shit respray, others just ridden as are.

  • Bikeshare in London, now. Yellow = Ofo, orange = Mobike, blue =
    Santander Cycles. Essentially the Ofo/Mobikes have (a) profitable core
    competing directly w/ San. Cycles, (b) slight extensions N, W & SE -
    places San. Cycles should expand to. Rest of London = bikeshare
    desert.

    https://twitter.com/oobr/status/10569020­17065594881

  • Live in Glasgow and the next bike scheme is not quite dockless, you have to leave it at a stand but the locks are low quality combination cord things. In the 3-4 years they've been here I've seen very very few that have been vandalised or hijacked. It's been a slow methodical roll out with lots of community engagement, maybe that's a large part of why it's been more successful? (I won't say super successful, you don't see them getting used a huge amount, I stopped using them two years ago when was nearly ended by a wheel falling off one, accidents happen, but the company then tried to charge me for not parking it properly did not score well with me.

  • I've seen very very few that have been vandalised or hijacked.

    Come East Bricky, I'll show you things.

    The new ones seem to be more secure, when it was just the combi locks you could go a 5 minute walk from the velodrome and find about a dozen in gardens, abandoned against walls, in various states of being stripped etc.

  • Shows I spend most of my time in city and West.
    Read a few articles some current some years old and all saying similar stuff that the UK is the absolute worst for people abusing and destroying public / communal property.

  • They're pushing hard to eat everyone else up. Look at their careers page; Hiring in the Hundreds. They seemed to be everywhere in Madrid

  • How does a dockless ebike get charged?

  • My guess would be that they collect the bikes and charge them at their depot. They probably have a 'smart' unit that reports the status of the charge.

  • Each model has a 62-mile range and airless tyres to prevent punctures, with bike batteries monitored remotely and swapped when charge is low.

    With average journey <2miles that gives them a week or so between charges. They probably have a van carrying charged up batteries to swap when necessary.

  • Hot swapping seems to be the to-go techique.

    There's a similar method run in China with scooters, whereby the user simply stops at random battery charging docks, scans their ID, and out pops a freshly charged battery to be swapped with your dead one. Done.

  • Battery unplugs so someone drives/rides around swapping battery packs all day long.

  • Does anyone know the best way to report mobikes that are blocking a route that doesn't involve downloading their app or social media? There's been a whole load of them placed on Bream's Buildings in front of the bank bikes making it pissing annoying to get through, especially if there's people also travelling the other direction and it's an areseache navigating off chancery lane, through the bollards and then into the mass of unused bikes.

  • Report them to the council?

  • Any recommendations for somewhere in North London to hire a road bike? I want to hire one for my wife for the weekend. onyerbike seems recommended elsewhere but it's south/ central

  • This is interesting.

    https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/j­un/03/lime-e-bike-company-wont-pay-for-9­00-damage-to-my-car

    So who's really liable? The company that uses the public realm to place its product for people to use, or the users?

  • Sounds interesting so without proof of the damage taking place(witness/cctv/whatever) does this make all carpark damage just the nearest car/bike when you get back to the car?

    Also if you do damage to a car just plonk a dockless hire bike near and say it was that?

  • I don't know the answer. :)

    I doubt that existing legislation can help with it. We have companies placing their property in the public realm with the permission of councils, which have powers to deal with street clutter like tables and chairs or A-boards advertising businesses (and I assume the same powers apply to hire bikes, which are mobile like other items placed on the public highway).

    People turn up and start to use the items, then stop using them. Whose responsibility are they in between being used by people? Obviously, were someone else to come along and blatantly knock one of the bikes against a car, they would be responsible, but if the bikes are parked badly? Is it negligence by the previous user if they fall over, or is the company to blame for not making them sufficiently stable when propped up? What counts as a standard of stability?

    I think it's all a bit untested and we probably need legislation generally about the use of the public realm for these overtly 'environmental' (getting more trips to be made by bike/e-bike) and covertly commercial (data harvesting) purposes.

    Using the public realm in this way hasn't historically been possible for private companies--they've had to pay for advertising space, go through lengthy processes to have advertising sites established, etc., so now to be able to profit from it with the minimal investment (we are, of course, talking about large companies backed by massive investment) of a couple of thousand bikes, is very convenient for them.

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