Cycle Industry News)
Nextbike currently holds a contract with the city council, while the dock-free Yobike scheme has been cropping up in neighbouring Bristol. Given the freedom to drop bikes off almost anywhere within a certain radius, Yobike bicycles have now been discovered in Bath on a number of occasions, leading Nextbike to level an accusation of “coming in like a wrecking ball” at the Chinese operator.
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Speaking to local news, Julian Scriven, MD of Nextbike said: “They entered Bristol a few weeks ago and we were pleased to see that as we want to see more sustainable transport schemes.
“Then about 10 days ago we had a call from a customer saying someone had dumped a YoBike at one of our racks and when I logged on the app I saw quite a few popping up in Bath.
“I found out they were encouraging people to use the sustainable transport corridor between Bristol and Bath which seemed a good idea.
“We did get hold of the council to stay they are not supposed to stay in Bath and when YoBikes were contacted they said they would get someone to pick them up.
“We thought it was just teething problems with a new start-up, but the bikes were still there at the end of the week and when we offered to pick them up for them they said they were coming to Bath.