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Old May 15th 18, 08:53 PM posted to misc.news.internet.discuss,rec.bicycles.misc
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Default [M] dockless bikes compete for marketshare

RS Wood writes:

From the «but do they blend?» department:
Title: How cheap dockless hire bikes are flooding the world
Date: Mon, 14 May 2018 19:12:09 -0400
Link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44066083

Dockless bike tech has massively boosted bike-sharing. Is it the future of
two-wheeled transport?

In Finland there's now a semi-docked (meaning you can leave a bike near
the dock even if it's full) bike system in the capital Helsinki and
adjacent Espoo. Heavily subsidized by the towns of course but apparently
fairly popular. Lots of trucking the bikes around too.

I wonder how the dockless systems fare with this, picking up individual
bikes from where ever people drop them has to be more expensive than
moving them between docks. And of course, in Finland this service is for
the warmer half of the year. While some people say weather is just a
matter of dress it takes a fairly hardcore biker to ride in ice and

Personally, if I went about three clicks from home to a train stop in
Espoo, I could take a local train to near my office in Helsinki and use
one of those bikes or walk the kilometer or so to the
office. Unfortunately it's a slow train so this takes two to three times
more than going by car and doesn't give much exercise benefits either.

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