I can’t believe that governments are allowing and even encouraging use of these for transportation, without regard to local communities and the damages they suffer. Problems include:
- parking in inappropriate places
- parking for free with no regard for other people’s use of the public domain
- blocking pedestrian right-of-way
- terrorizing pedestrians on the sidewalk
- leaving them in yards where they are an unsightly mess
- abandoning them to collect dust and spider webs
- they routinely get vandalized and stolen
- lazy people use them for ridiculously short trips
- there are far, far more of them than can be justified by the number of users
- the environmental impacts of production and end-of-life cycle are being ignored
- huge corporations with deep pockets, particularly from the Far East, are largely responsible for this mess
- they are completely out of reach for many low-income people
- a clear sign of rich people invading historic neighborhoods – gentrification!
No, no bike share, cars!
Yes, snark. These are all criticisms that that being routinely made of bike share systems, with no apparent sense of irony.