Look at the public bike purgatory in Hangzhou,China


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/06/30/look-at-the-public-bike-purgat.html


#2

There are, you know, 9 million bicycles in Beijing (thats a fact).


#3

bikes? I see no bikes. I loved the accompanying photo of a Matisse, though


#4

This is why we — all humanity — can’t have nice things.


#5

I was seeing a trippy-looking sweater with a hole in it.


#6

I see a pretty butterfly.


#7

The lazy approach to returning the bikes is an interesting development. Don’t most contemporary bike-share companies require a deposit - which I assume is a thing in the US, but who knows about other regions?
I remember Gainesville, Florida tried a “yellow bike” program that utilized the lazy approach for a time in the 90s - grab a bike and ride it to wherever you like, leave it for another person to use - but it failed very quickly because of hoarding by the homeless and parts cannibalism by bike thieves (Of course. Gainesville’s a college town).


#8

Amsterdam brother. Amsterdam.


#9

Came here to say just this. Thank you.


#10

In my Chinese city, you check out your bike electronically with a card. One would presume that if one never checked the bike back in, one could be charged with stealing it.


#11

What about it?


#12

Is there a way around that with throw away or stolen cards?

Or just messing with the security hardware?


#13

I’ve never used the system, so I don’t know. It’s automatic, no one is checking your ID, but I suppose there could be a pass code.


#14

I thought just levering out the pin which holds the bike in place.


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#16

Maybe. The bike depots are generally in well-lit populated places, but maybe one could get away with it in certain locales or at night.


#17

Bike sharing works just fine some places. Down to the local culture if it will work or not, and nothing else. They are only a sixth of, not all of, humanity.


#18

Yeah its failing here in Melbourne because people who want to ride a bike, already have bikes. In London recently I was surprised to see normal people getting around the city on public bikes. They seem to be in competition with rail, taxis and uber.


#19

Nice to see China has their bike problems to counter our horrific unreturned shopping cart epidemic.


#20

It’s worse in Beijing. Whole sidewalks are blocked with bikes and parked cars, e-bikes, and motorcycles.


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