December 13, 2011 at 11:04 pm #74943
Tonight I saw this Bb locked in a bike stand next to Drury Lane docking station. What really annoyed me was that there were 3 faulty bikes at the docking station and thus none available and some selfish person had made sure they would get a bike by locking it with a bike lock on to the stands right next to the docking station. Shame on you I say…December 13, 2011 at 11:45 pm #85051
I agree it’s bad and not in the spirit of the scheme!! I’d report the cycle number to the customer service desk to see what they say…December 14, 2011 at 12:13 am #85052
It’s actually against the Code of Conduct
I think there’s something about it in the Terms & Conditions but can’t find the info.
Expensive thing to do if it’s for longer than 30 minutes – this is why the access fee rises so dramatically after 30 minutes.December 14, 2011 at 8:46 am #85053
If I came across one like that, I think I’d pop my key in, get the bike out an inch or so, re-dock, and hit the “fault” button. It seems like the easiest way to get the whole thing looked into, and confounds whoever tried to reserve the bike…December 14, 2011 at 10:27 am #85054
Possibly slightly controversial, but I don’t actually see a major problem with this.
The hirer is resposible for the security bike when it is not in a dock & they have therefore taken measures to secure the bike whilst not in use. They may have just popped into a shop to buy something! How long was it there? Did you wait to see if they returned?
The hirer is also liable for hire charges when the bike is out of a dock. So they could be riding it, sitting on it, taking it out for dinner or even riding it from here to Timbuktu – it doesn’t matter. They’ve simply got to be prepared for a hefty usage charge if it’s for any significant length of time.December 14, 2011 at 10:25 pm #85055
@unknownj – The bike is not parked into a docking station it’s locked to a cycle stand with what looks like a d-lock.December 14, 2011 at 10:27 pm #85056
Nothing wrong with this – they are paying for their time with the bike, they can use it as they wish (seems like a big waste of money to me though!).December 14, 2011 at 11:00 pm #85057
The point is the bike was locked in a bike stand approx 4 meters from the docking station. If the person was “popping into a store for a while” they could have just docked it. But instead they made sure that no-one else would be able to take it by locking it in to the bike stand. It surprises me that some here think it is fine when previously I had brought up the five minute wait to carry on using the bike for free (as charges begin after 30 minutes) most here were outraged at the selfishness of that.December 15, 2011 at 10:59 am #85058
BimblesParticipantDecember 16, 2011 at 12:35 am #85059
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