Today, Mobike, the bike sharing service, announced that that they would be pulling out of operating their system in Manchester due to theft and vandalism of their bicycles. You can read more about this sad, but very understandable decision in this article on The Guardian website.
“This is disappointing but not entirely unexpected. I suspect this is why Ofo abandoned their plan to come to Leeds. In European terms UK society is quite unique in its levels of moronic behaviour and barbarism, all following on from toxic choices made from the 1970s onwards to prioritise individual interests above those of society. On a similar note, if you have ever wondered why continental cycle paths and footways are not strewn with broken glass then the answer is simply because it is only in the UK that glass is smashed in the streets for recreational purposes.”
Well said that man. Thank-you for putting it so succinctly.
Another report in today’s Guardian; there’s a big connection, no?
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