The sight of yellow bicycles up trees and abandoned in rivers could become a thing of the past in Melbourne, after oBike announced it would abandon its problematic local hire scheme. The Singapore-based company introduced the dockless bike hire service in Melbourne a year ago, in competition with the Melbourne Bike Share program, which requires riders to pick up and drop off bikes at stations dotted around the city.
But the distinctive yellow bicycles quickly caused headaches as people dumped them on footpaths and streets. Others have been thrown into waterways, including the Yarra River, found up trees and on roofs, and been converted into street art. Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the City of Melbourne was now working with the company to remove the bikes. She recommended people stop using the service.
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