E-scooters replacing bike-sharing schemes in Brisbane

Trial extended till mid-year after smooth run, with focus on safety after multiple injuries

All across Australia, the mangled remains of brightly coloured bicycles can be seen on footpaths, in rivers and wherever garbage is dumped - a testament to the failed experiment of numerous bike-sharing schemes.

Masses of dockless bikes suddenly arrived in Australia last year but proved controversial because, as in other countries, so many were dumped and abandoned. Eventually, Singapore's oBike, as well as its rivals Reddy Go and ofo, all left Australia or wound back their services.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 10, 2019, with the headline 'E-scooters replacing bike-sharing schemes in Brisbane'. Print Edition | Subscribe