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by Shane Stokes
February 28, 2018
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Citing vandalism and theft as the reasons, the Gobee.bike hire service has confirmed that it is closing down the French wing of its business.
“It is with great sadness that we are officially announcing to our community the termination of Gobee.bike service in France on 24 February 2018,” stated the Hong Kong-based service, according to the Guardian.
“Over the months of December and January, the mass destruction of our fleet has become the new entertainment of underaged individuals,” said Gobee.bike. It said that almost 3,400 bikes had been damaged throughout the country and more than 1,000 stolen. It also stated that nearly 300 complaints were made to police and a total of 6,500 repairs were needed.
The company had previously ended its service in Lille and Reims plus Belgian capital Brussels because of the same issues. “It was sad and disappointing to realise that a few individuals could ruin such a beautiful and promising project. We had to come to the conclusion that it could not be viable and there was no other choice for us than shutting down, nationwide.”
Such bike hire services have been major successes in locations across the world. Gobee.bike charged 50 cents an hour to rent its bikes, with a €15 deposit required. The bike locations were displayed on an app and renting the bikes would cause its lock to open.
Click through to read more at the Guardian.