Posts by Paul Campbell

  • Speaker: Shenzen's hire-bike explosion,

    heh – the pile outside HQB wasn’t that big, but really has the same cause, people fed up with all the new bikes blocking the footpath.

    This week it’s probably made worth because people are starting to travel for Chinese New Year, bike use is probably dropping off quickly

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2491 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Shenzen's hire-bike explosion, in reply to BenWilson,

    I think that Wellington should install a bike lift up to Vic, that would make sense

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2491 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Shenzen's hire-bike explosion, in reply to mark taslov,

    Actually in Futian, I've seen only one rental spot, and it's new too, a bunch of orange bike docks and a rental screen, I see very few people riding them, the utility of just grabbing a bike off the street or being able to search for where the nearest one is and "book" it is just too high I guess.

    Maybe you rent one of those to go somewhere and come back

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2491 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Shenzen's hire-bike explosion,

    Oh, and Norway has the whole bikes vs. hills issue solved

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2491 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Shenzen's hire-bike explosion,

    Yes there are yellow bikes at Burning Man, most of them are (I think) bikes people have left in previous years painted yellow ... There aren't enough and some people seem to hoard them (lock them up or hide them) which does rather go against the whole yellow bike ethos.

    Of course Burning Man's culture abhors commerce in any form (except ice and coffee) so a bike rental scheme would never fly, and the alkaline playa is so tough on things you don't take a good bike there anyway.

    (Oh and no GPS, no DNA tester of course)

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2491 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Shenzen's hire-bike explosion,

    Oh and I had intended to add a few more quick notes about all the bikes:

    - no helmets
    - no lights
    - bells (everyone rides on the footpath, ringing as they come up behind you)
    - no "men's" bikes
    - no gears
    - the seats are adjustable if you have a wrench, westerners complain they're too small

    There is one sort of bike that is rented from a kiosk. That limits where you can bike to and from, it doesn't seem very popular.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2491 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Shenzen's hire-bike explosion,

    well the bikes seem to be around work places during the day and where people live at night - that line up in the pic above was gone after work hours .... I think Mobike do move bikes around at night - the tangle at HQB market seems to go every day.

    BTW a quick note about money 1 RMB == 1 yuan == 1 kwai - the distinction between the words is roughly RMB (Remimbi) is the name of the currency (like "sterling"), yuan is more like the name of the unit (like "dollar"), and kwai is what people use (like "bucks")

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2491 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Up Front Guide to Internet…,

    I actually don't think it's appropriate to apologise on behalf of all the other males, there's no excusing it, better to call them out for the slime they are.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2491 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The new Hep C drugs: fresh…,

    Some background: The SDHB isn't actually a board at the moment, no elected members, it's controlled by a Wellington appointed executive tasked with reducing costs any way possible. This means the operating theatres leak when it rains, food is shipped from Auckland, people get served unidentifiable reheated mush.

    And most importantly no real public accountability. It's being run by Wellington accountants, not doctors. If they can avoid short term costs to avoid long term savings it probably looks good on their spreadsheets.

    The underlying problem is a percapita funding system that designed for big cities that falls down with a single board responsible for almost half the South Island

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2491 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Probably "yuge" should be thrown somewhere in the mix, or under a passing bus

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2491 posts Report Reply

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