Manchester’s bike-share scheme isn't working – because people don't know how to share
I really wanted to believe that Mancunians could be trusted with nice things. Just over a fortnight ago, a Chinese company called Mobike brought 1,000 shiny new silver and orange bikes to my city. Unlockable with a smartphone and available to rent for just 50p for half an hour, they could be ridden wherever you liked within Manchester and Salford and, crucially, could be left anywhere public once you were done.
I was an immediate convert, boasting about the superiority of our new bike-sharing system over London’s, pitying sadsacks in the capital who had to trundle around looking for a docking station. One sunny evening shortly after the launch, I rode a Mobike to Salford Quays, where I swam a mile in the filtered water of the glistening Lowry, reflecting as I did my backstroke that Manchester was starting to feel rather European. I had always fancied living in Copenhagen, where the cyclist is king and the harbour has been turned into a lido. Was I now living that continental dream?
I decided to dob him in instead, hoping that Mobike would ban him from renting another, as is supposed to happen to anyone with the brass neck to take the bike out of circulation for their own personal use.
Has been thus all over the UK, ever since May 1979.
No it's true.
No, it's not. Thatcher came in and dismantled the over powered Unions, and nationwide reliance on outdated industry. She changed this nation for the better, and enabled it to go into the 21st century on the crest of a wave of economic strength.
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