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Yeah I suppose that is a problem. But doen’t all publicly available transport (e.g. buses and trains) operate at a loss which is subsidised by the government? The tube and bus fares don’t by themselves pay for the tube and bus services. Since BCH is providing a form of public transport, it should therefore be entitled to the same principle of government subsidy (perhaps) rather than being self-sustaining? Moreover, since BCH is providing a form of public transport which helps two key government aims (lowering CO2 emissions and making people healthier/fitter) there is all the more reason for the government to feel it is worthwhile funding.
Also, I don’t know the answer to this question, but I would imagine that it is the norm for cycle-hire schemes to operate at a loss? The Velib in Paris almost certainly operates at a considerable loss given how many bikes they have had to replace due to theft or vandalism since 2007 (tens of thousands I believe… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V%C3%A9lib'#Theft_and_vandalism)