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September 28, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A new bicycle-sharing scheme introduced into Australia by a Singaporean company has provoked a massive backlash from some people for reasons that remain unclear.

oBike claims to be “Australia’s first dockless bicycle-sharing system”, “the future of transportation” and the “number-one global dockless bicycle sharing platform”.

Riders download an app to get started. The bright yellow bikes can be seen in inner-city Sydney and Melbourne. Some people, apparently viewing them as visual pollution, have launched a strange vendetta.


Plea on Twitter by Daniel du Plooy, social science researcher, lecturer and PhD candidate at La Trobe University

Melbourne’s Age newspaper reports that contractors working for oBike fished out 42 cycles from the Yarra river within four hours on Tuesday.

A site has sprung up showing oBikes in weird places, like up trees, wrapped around light poles, or on top of bus stops or portable toilets. A few can be viewed on Twitter here.

A popular Facebook video shows Melbourne resident Tommy Jackett fishing for oBikes in the Yarra, like a regular angler.

Fishing For 'O Bikes' In The Yarra River

Chances are you've heard of O Bikes…. but have you heard of O Bike Fishing????

Posted by Tommy Jackett on Saturday, September 23, 2017


OBike is running its dockless bike-share scheme in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and the Gold Coast.

Councils in Amsterdam and London have banned oBikes, claiming they are a public nuisance. London’s Wandsworth Council confiscated 130 oBikes after tangled masses of them were found blocking pavements outside Clapham Junction station. Amsterdam has temporarily banned all “dockless” bike schemes, concerned that they are taking up bike parking spaces.

An oBike executive told ABC Radio Melbourne’s Ali Moore that attacks on oBikes were isolated and “more of a teething issue”.

“The future of transportation” hangs in the balance.

Written by Peter Needham

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