Did I see Obikes on my way through town today?

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no it looks like they were OFO bikes.

I'm not sure how to feel about this bike sharing scheme here?

Might have to download the app and give it a try! Though I usually have my own bike with me.

Incase you missed this video on the Melb Obike fishing here it is.

Luckily for us Adelaide doesn't have a river near the city like Melbourne :-)

Isn't that just because Adelaide has turned it's back to the river and no iniative so far has managed to 'open' op the connection between the city and the river? The closest being a bridge to walk over it. I guess that is how lack of progress succeed by focussing on the downsides that doesn't eventuate

From InDaily:

He said users in Adelaide were bound by a “geofence” – a virtual boundary containing the CBD and North Adelaide – and that they would be deducted “20 points” in the app if they leave a bike outside the zone for more than 12 hours. New potential customers are unable to use the bike if it is outside the geofence.

Damn, I wanted to ride one to the airport instead of taking a taxi/Uber!


Might still be possible if you were flying out somewhere and back in the same day. 

If the scheme is used well it may be expanded to selected other inner suburban areas, probably subject to funding from the state or those other councils. 

neither oBike nor ofo require public funding! ofo is a 'unicorn' company, currently worth more than $1B. The economics are fascinating, and the companies backing them are quite interesting too.

Who cares about need, I'm talking about profits! Just dangle the possibility of a few jobs in front of the government and they'll subsidise anything.

On the topic of subsidies, free kicks and kickbacks - I notice that Garden Grove made the news yet again yesterday and DPTI has still not done anything about them.

I saw one in Norwood.  It was there the next day too.

By the way, we ride our bikes to the airport and lock them up on the racks next to the lockers.  Works fine if you are only away for a few days.

Thank you for the tip, it is nice to know it’s safe to leave your bike there for a while!
I think I may just try riding an OBike (not ofo) there. I don’t think the OBikes are geofenced to the City of Adelaide....?


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