Oh, o-bike no more

About a year ago in Munich there was an invasion of about 7,000 yellow rental bikes from Singapore, the o-bikes, stationless bikes with a bluetooth lock system. They appeared overnight and for some reason, not justified I’d say, they aroused an enormous amount of hostility. Soon you could see them hanging from trees, in the Isar, turned upsidedown, or with cut brake cables. Vandalism was rampant. I couldn’t quite understand why. Even “liberal” friends were indignant that the “Chinese” bikes stood on every street corner. The situation has cooled down by now. Apparently, approximately 6,000 of the 7,000 bikes have been collected.
When I was photographing the abandoned Olympic Train Station, I found an o-bike leaning against the fence, saddle and seatpost missing.

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

1 response to "Oh, o-bike no more"

  1. By: Seasidejanet Posted: July 7, 2018

    Unfortunately the idea for these “pick up – go – and drop” bikes is good in theory but we humans have ruined it!! Here too….

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