Saturday, October 31, 2009

Vandals a challenge to Paris bike-sharing

The Parisian bike-rental scheme that inspired imitation in Washington and Miami Beach is having hard times. It may not quite be running on the rims, but much of the promise has flown as destructive human nature asserted itself.
"this latest French utopia has met a prosaic reality: Many of the specially designed bikes, which cost $3,500 each, are showing up on black markets in Eastern Europe and northern Africa. Many others are being spirited away for urban joy rides, then ditched by roadsides, their wheels bent and tires stripped."
Read more at The New York Times.

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