Citizens of Manchester think that 'bike sharing' means 'bike trashing'
"There are Mobikes in the canal, Mobikes in bins and I am fed up with following the app to a residential street where there is clearly a Mobike stashed in someone's garden," Helen Pidd, North of England editor of the Guardian, wrote in an article published Sunday on the newspaper's website.
Steve Pyer, Mobike UK's general manager, said 50 bikes have been trashed so far. He added that many more have indeed ended up on private property, and the bike redistribution team will be knocking on doors themselves to clear up "misunderstanding."
"In Singapore we launched our scheme in March with 5,000 bikes and there have been just two reports of broken locks," he was quoted by the article as saying.
"I would like to live in a city where people know how to share," Pidd wrote. "I hope my pessimism is ill-placed."
On June 29, Mobike, one of China's largest bike-sharing companies, launched its service in the Greater Manchester.
For the special month of July, Mobike will offer a discounted 29-pound deposit to users. Usage is charged at 50 pence per 30mins. ■