Jun 28, 2017

The bike sharing hype - Overview

13 of the world's 15 biggest bike sharing fleets are in China, but the two others are London and Paris, showing the potential for Western megacities, too. This lengthy article in the Guardian gives a great overview of pros & cons and provides some stunning numbers on how fast the "Uber for bikes" companies have grown, and what effect this can have on mobility in urban areas (spoiler: there are serious cons as maintaining the bikes with human labour might be more costly than just adding new ones to the fleets):

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/mar/22/bike-wars-dockless-china-millions-bicycles-hangzhou?