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The French have too many scofflaws vandalizing rented bikes so one bike rental company is pulling out of France.|
'GoBee Bike' has also pulled out of Brussels and Italy too.
It seems the Europeans aren't trustworthy enough to join countries like China where rental bikes are plentiful
and vandalism is not nearly as prevalent.
I knew the French were rude and arrogant but I didn't realize they were so prone to such crimes as vandalizing
If you go to France you'd better keep your wallet secure at all times and be sure to insure your rented car.
GoBee Bike throws in the towel in France
Romain Dillet,TechCrunch 1 hour 6 minutes ago
Bike-sharing startup GoBee Bike is giving up and shutting down in all French cities where it operates. GoBee Bike operates just like Chinese giants Ofo and Mobike. You open the app, you find a bike on the map and you unlock it by scanning a QR code. Once you’re done, you lock it again and leave it there — there’s no dock.
And yet, the startup is blaming vandalism and says that the service would stop immediately. It’s worth noting that users will get a refund on their remaining balances and €15 deposit. This is a nice gesture.
According to the announcement, GoBee Bike managed to attract 150,000 users in Europe who used the service hundreds of thousands of times. But the company’s bikes slowly became unusable. 3,200 bikes became dysfunctional, 1,000 bikes were illegally parked in someone’s home. Overall, GoBee Bike had to send someone in 6,500 cases.
The startup couldn’t keep up and it became clear that the business model wasn’t scalable if you needed to fix the bikes all the time. As a user, it also felt like you couldn’t unlock most of the bikes because the lock battery was dead most of the time.
GoBee Bike first announced that it would stop operating in Brussels, Lille and Reims. The startup also exited the Italian market. And now, users in Paris and Lyon can’t access the service either. The company is still operating in its home city Hong Kong.