A Chinese bike-sharing company, Wukong Bikes, had to close up shop because, according to the BBC, 90 percent of its bikes went missing in the first five months of operation. Why that happened shouldn’t come as a surprise when you hear that, remarkably, Wukong didn’t put GPS systems on the bikes. Oops.
A 25-year-old woman was killed in Chicago Friday morning when a commercial truck crushed the bike-share bicycle she was riding, reports say. She appears to be the first fatality in any bike-share incident in the U.S. since such programs were introduced in 2007.
You've seen all those statistics on people driving less. There hasn't really been an umbrella term for the idea of people cutting back on car use, and relying on different kinds of transportation. Until now.
Well, we sure touched a nerve this week with our innocuous story on bike sharing coming to Columbus, Ohio. It seems Buckeyes don't think of their city as just a college town, and they gave me an earful on Twitter.
To the bike sharing programs in Paris, New York, Chicago and Chattanooga, add Detroit. But only if billionaire Dan Gilbert lets you use it.
People want to hate the French, but it's hard to top Paris for food, fashion and romance. It also can claim to be the most enthusiastic bike sharing city on the planet.
Bike sharing is like anything else on wheels. There are always some problems at the beginning. Things break down. The economics doesn't pan out the way you think. And people often don't have the good sense to wear a helmet.