Chi­nese bi­cy­cles to flood Va­len­cia

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By Joe Wick­man THOU­SANDS of Chi­nese bikes be­long­ing to a bi­cy­cle rent­ing com­pany will take over the streets of Va­len­cia in com­ing weeks.

The com­pany of­fers cit­i­zens the pos­si­bil­ity of pick­ing up and leav­ing be­hind the bikes as they see fit, with­out hav­ing to ac­cess spe­cific hotspots, as all ve­hi­cles are fit­ted with ge­olo­ca­tors and can there­fore al­ways be mon­i­tored.

A to­tal 400 bikes have al­ready dis­em­barked in the city, as the com­pany is ex­pected to be­come op­er­a­tive in a mat­ter of weeks, but the busi­ness can re­port­edly mo­bilise up to 15,000 in a short pe­riod of time if suc­cess­ful.

Coun­cil­lor Giuseppe Grezzi ex­plains that, even with such lofty pro­jec­tions and the tough com­peti­tor it will be­come for the gov­ern­ment-run Valen­bisi and other, smaller com­pa­nies, the Chi­nese busi­ness will sim­ply be ex­pected to com­ply with the same reg­u­la­tions as the rest, to en­sure their bikes are used on cy­cle lanes, that ze­bra cross­ings are hon­oured and the gen­eral highway code is re­spected.

He did, how­ever, warn that there is cer­tain con­cern, as such a free-for-all sys­tem has re­port­edly gen­er­ated a cer­tain level of chaos in other cities.

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