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oBike found in water

02 Aug 2017

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A bike from Melbourne’s new bike sharing program, oBike, was found “not properly parked” at Victoria Harbour in June.

A Singaporean company launched oBike in Melbourne in June.

Different from the RACV-managed Melbourne Bike Share, it does not require a bike parking dock and can be parked at any permitted location.

Members use their smartphones to unlock and manually lock the bike at an appropriate place after riding.

But the acceptable bike parking location obviously does not include in the harbour, as one sharp-eyed user quickly snapped the photo and sent it to oBike on Twitter.

Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said he hoped to work with oBike’s operator to regulate the dock-less system.

“Their particular model, where they’re sort of thrown around by a giant’s hand, is not something that I am too keen about,” he said.

“I’m not too keen that they take up all the bike hoops so private users can’t use them. I’m confident we can work with them to do it in a much more regularised way.”

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