A word of warning for those idiots who want cycle sharing schemes

The Green party wants us to all cycle more. The road maggots push for increasing participation in cycling and advocate for the stealing of road space for their hobby. Council wombles like Ludo Campbell-Reid want to have bike sharing schemes put in place in Auckland.

Then there are the fools who think they can make money at it as Simon Wilson, a pinko journalist who also thinks Auckland needs a bike sharing scheme too, highlights at the pay-for-play site The Spinoff:

Auckland needs a decent bike-share scheme and this one is easy to use. The rental is cheap, and with very few people using them on day one, the bikes downtown were plentiful. If you wanted a cheap fun way to get from Queen St to Wynyard Quarter, say, they might be just the ticket.

He also explains that AT is into this big time too:

Actually, a bike-share scheme, probably including e-bikes, is also on the plans: AT is unlikely to run such a thing itself, but it?s investigating the options now and a contract might soon be on offer.

AT, Simon Wilson and every other womble road maggot cycle pusher should be very wary about cycle sharing schemes…or should that be scams.

At first glance the photos vaguely resemble a painting. On closer inspection it might be a giant sculpture or some other art project. But in reality it is a mangled pile of bicycles covering an area roughly the size of a football pitch, and so high that cranes are need to reach the top; cast-offs from the boom and bust of China?s bike sharing industry.

Just two days after China?s number three bike sharing company?went bankrupt, a photographer in the south-eastern city of Xiamen captured a bicycle graveyard where thousands have been laid to rest. The pile clearly contains thousands of bikes from each of the top three companies, Mobike, Ofo and the now-defunct Bluegogo.

Once hailed as ?Uber for bikes?, China?s cycle hire startups allowed users to unlock GPS-enabled bikes with their smartphone, and drop them off anywhere without the need to park it at a dock.

Bluegogo?s bankruptcy last week sparked questions about the future of dockless bike sharing in?China, amid concerns there are too many bikes and insufficient demand. In an open letter apologising for his missteps, Bluegogo?s chief executive said he had been ?filled with arrogance?.

Customers are charged just pennies per 30 minute ride, but competing companies have flooded cities with bikes to ensure cycles are always available. The?top two firms?have each raised more than $1bn (?750m) in funding.

Shanghai currently has?1.5m shared bikes?on the streets, and despite its population being three times greater than London, that number far outstrips the 11,000 Santander Cycles peppered throughout the UK capital.

The large number of cycles on Chinese streets have led to scenes of clogged sidewalks no longer fit for pedestrians and piles of mangled bikes that have been illegally parked.

If bike sharing schemes don’t work in China, with their massive population, then they are never going to work in hilly cities like Auckland or Wellington. They certainly won’t work in flat cities in NZ where there is almost no desire of the very small population to cycle.

The folly is still being pushed however, despite the obvious evidence of market failure.

 

-The Guardian, The Spinoff

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