There is a bike sharing service planning on setting up shop in Lagos, Nigeria, and when I ran into this bit of news that a Paris bike sharing service has lost 3400 bikes to vandalism and decided to exit, I thought, Aha!
Gobee.bike says that over 1,000 of its bikes have been stolen and around 3,400 more vandalised in the city of Paris. The start-up’s statement says, “Over the months of December and January, the mass destruction of our fleet has become the new entertainment of under-aged individuals, encouraged by content broadly shared on social media.”
But the bad behaviour isn’t limited to Paris. Add Brussels, Rome, Milan, Turin, and a few other cities in and around France to the list. Gobee.bike have had their bikes stolen and vandalised in those cities as well. Gobee.bike’s decision is that their operations are not sustainable in these cities and so have pulled out.
Gobee’s Paris Bike Sharing Service
Goobee launched operations in Paris on 2017 and has acquired up to 150,000 users across France since then. The service works similar to Uber; users locate bikes for pick-up via a smartphone app. As Gobee leaves Paris, three other bike services, oBike, Ofo, and Mobike, are reported to still be in operation there.
Smoove Bike Sharing Service in Lagos
So, another bike sharing service named Smoove is reported to be bringing bicycle sharing service to Lagos roads. You can imagine what is going through my head as I read the news of Gobee.Bike’s experiences in Europe from The Telegraph.
What is a service like that going to experience in Lagos? This is the city where bridge hand railings disappear overnight, victims of vandalism. Sometimes, street light parts disappear too. And outside Lagos, if you care, petroleum pipelines get vandalised and huge barrels of oil disappear into thin air.
What do you think? Does a bike sharing service stand a chance in Las Gidi? Will the bikes last?