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Londonlad1985

Dockless Bikes In Norwich!

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I hope that they get more use than the rental bikes in the car park at Horning. I have only seen them taken out a few times this year.

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I was listening to the manager of the scheme on the radio yesterday morning. Whilst the theory is admirable, I found him a bit too evasive on questions such as where the outer limit of travel would be

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I know Joe the UK boss and as this is a disruptive technology i think they are quite nervous about early government intervention as there is little legislation for these types of schemes at the moment. There will be no outer limit on where the bikes can be taken. However app users are disincentivised by a points system. The green boundary (attached) is the outer limit for the points system. 

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Didn't something very similar happen to the white bikes in Amsterdam back in the 'good old days'? Lovely ideas in theory that fell apart once the general public became involved. 

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Amsterdam's hire bikes are relatively unsuccessful due to high private bike ownership. They have many hire shops that hire bikes for tourists. I think it's great that you get piles of un locked private bikes at station during the day and come evening they they are all gone and the systems mostly just works. It's similar in Copenhagen.

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If you look at any city that has mass cycling you get a messy mass of bikes at key destinations. I hope British local councils and the public accept this if they want mass cycling! (I think mass cycling is a good thing) 

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To revive an old thread.......That didn't last long.... what with the Withdrawal of Urbo from London and the notable absence of MoBikes at Manchester's cycle city conference a couple of weeks ago I wonder if the UK is not ready dockless bikes?! 

Bike sharing firm ofo quits Norwich - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-44780649

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I saw one leaning against a bus stop in Brundall  last month.  It was there for over two weeks and nobody nicked at.

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The good people of Brundall don’t steal anything :default_eusa_naughty:

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It's funny how ideas like the "white bikes" (or 'free bikes') which work well in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Vienna and other European cities. When imported into the U.K. always seem to fail and are quickly abandoned, I guess it's the British psyche of 'I want one of my own, not one I have to share'... :35_thinking:

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There was one in Hoveton for a couple of weeks cluttering up the pavement, I've regularly seen then Around Norwich usually abandoned blocking pavements...

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We have the Ofo scheme in Sheffield.

It is a joke. Most of the bikes end up vandalised and strewn in the most inappropriate places, including the cities many watercourses.

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Well it's a sad reflection on the British mentality    ...... it seemed like a good idea to me.

Maybe when we have a complete safe cycle network they will make a return .

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Cycle schemes are fine is cities/towns where it is fairly flat, Sheffield is a none starter with its 7 hills. The likes of Oxford and other similar locations may be a goer. 

Regards

Alan  

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I agree the UK seems to have a more hostile booze culture that likes these mindless acts of vandalism or violance!

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15 minutes ago, Simondo said:

I agree the UK seems to have a more hostile booze culture that likes these mindless acts of vandalism or violance!

As I look from my office window I can see two of these yellow bikes, both vandalised, one hung in a tree and the other strewn across the footpath. It seems Sheffield is not ready for this type of scheme.

A much better scheme is used in Lincoln where the bikes have to be returned to a docking station or the user continues to be charged for the hire. Much more sensible.

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Probably out on a limb here but bicycles and cities are a nightmare to me. They ignore every rule of the road, including pedestrian lights and plague pedestrianised areas  and don't start me with those on a  Deliveroo mission! :default_icon_redface:

Fred

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48 minutes ago, trambo said:

Probably out on a limb here but bicycles and cities are a nightmare to me. They ignore every rule of the road, including pedestrian lights and plague pedestrianised areas  and don't start me with those on a  Deliveroo mission! :default_icon_redface:

Fred

Yes it's the self driving bicycles that are the real menace though! 

 

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1 hour ago, Londonlad1985 said:

Yes it's the self driving bicycles that are the real menace though! 

 

An absolutely brilliant idea, even a complete fool could ride one.

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it could be worse, you could be driving through london and find yourself stuck behind my work colleagues and I cycling round in a pair of these, oh the upset mercedes drivers...

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