Paris Velib Crushed by Vandalism?
J C Decaux the company that runs the popular rental program in Paris cannot continue with the current level of vanadalism. The City of Paris takes EU20m (CAN$32m) out of the bike scheme but is seemingly not interested in a bail out. But it ” is considering launching an anti-vandalism public awareness operation” which does not sound like much effective action to me.
According to JCDecaux 7,800 of the original 15,000 bikes have disappeared or [been] stolen and 11,600 have been vandalised. Since the start of the program the bikes have been used 42 million times, or an average every bike 2,800 times!
This is really sad that the people of Paris and their city politicians seem incapable of keeping a very valuable service going. Unfortunately this has been the case elsewhere – for example a much earlier low technology trial of free “white bikes” in Amsterdam, nearly all of which simply ended up being thrown into the canals.