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10-01-2018, 14:47   #41
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just seen a yellow "ofo" bike abandoned on abbeydale road nr bottom of carterknowle, lent halfway down a wall on the pavement blocking it somewhat for pedestrians! not a good start is it?

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10-01-2018, 14:56   #42
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So, it's parked on the pavement, within the geocached area.

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They have your tel no and email addy. OK, that can be sold onto the various scammers such as PPI, ambulance chasers etc.
Sure, if they want to get slapped down hard, legally speaking.
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Make sufficient journeys and they have a good idea where you live and work as patterns start to arise. Suddenly adverts relevant to those areas start to appear in your inbox and on the app.
If they email you without permission then that's going to land them in hot water as well.
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The bike is GPS tracked so now they knows the route you take to work, time for the targeted adverts along your route
Targeted adverts where? I don't look at my phone whilst I'm cycling.
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ANY data is valuable in sufficient quantity, even better when you give it away
Yes, I'm sure the data will have some value.
But at the moment the suggestions are mostly criminal uses of the data for it to be of much use.
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10-01-2018, 14:58   #43
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just seen a yellow "ofo" bike abandoned on abbeydale road nr bottom of carterknowle, lent halfway down a wall on the pavement blocking it somewhat for pedestrians! not a good start is it?
use the app to report it and get some points
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10-01-2018, 15:26   #44
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I don't understand why he thinks it's 'abandoned'. The point is that you can park them anywhere when you're done with them (inside the area limits).
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10-01-2018, 15:35   #45
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Google 'Lime Bikes' in Key Biscayne Florida, just been there and tried their docking bikes (cool green bikes with limes on). The whole system/infrastructure works like a dream...pity Sheffield doesn't have a beach cycle route...or a beach come to that!
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10-01-2018, 15:52   #46
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saw a programme last week and there were thousands of bikes everywhere in canals,tips,just piled high,hope it works but if they have huge problems in china ,I suspect there will have problems here.
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10-01-2018, 17:38   #47
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I don't understand why he thinks it's 'abandoned'. The point is that you can park them anywhere when you're done with them (inside the area limits).
the app says they have to be parked off the highway and considerately? i am sure the council will have something to say and their insurers ? this one was half against a wall propped up with wheels halfway across the pavement which is for pedestrians.
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10-01-2018, 17:52   #48
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the app says they have to be parked off the highway and considerately? i am sure the council will have something to say and their insurers ? this one was half against a wall propped up with wheels halfway across the pavement which is for pedestrians.
i can see the where theres a blame claimlot coming on soon
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10-01-2018, 18:11   #49
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Most of these bikes will end up chucked in rivers, sold for scrap or nicked I'd be willing to wager.

I give the scheme 6 months.
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10-01-2018, 18:13   #50
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That's not what's happened in Manchester.

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the app says they have to be parked off the highway and considerately? i am sure the council will have something to say and their insurers ? this one was half against a wall propped up with wheels halfway across the pavement which is for pedestrians.
So it was off the highway then, sounds like people could easily get past, you get cars parked on half the pavements in Sheffield, so a bike really isn't a problem.
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10-01-2018, 18:17   #51
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Am I right in thinking you have to leave the bike within certain areas? i.e. - I couldn't pick one up in town, and ride it home to Woodseats?

If that's correct, the scheme is pretty useless to me, and many others, unless we want to paddle around town a bit!

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10-01-2018, 20:02   #52
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I saw three leaned up to a wall near park square last night and this evening when i went past the rack opposite the station there was just one of the older bikes there.But i saw somebody riding one of the yellow ones later on.Being a bit cynical i do wonder how many will end up in the canal.
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10-01-2018, 20:23   #53
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I've seen a few of them whilst out and about today - they appeared outside Zest while I was in a meeting, then there were lots outside Pond's Forge tonight!
They seem much lighter than the blue ones. Lets hope the gearing and the brakes are better...

Maybe I've not thought this through and am missing something but it occurs to me that you could pick one up, ride it somewhere to do some shopping, for example, (and end your journey so you're not still paying for it), but whilst you're in the store another user comes and picks it up, you're left with no transport back from where you've ridden it to!
I suppose you could not end the ride and lock it up ready to use to go home again, but that means you'd have to take your own lock, reducing the convenience somewhat.
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10-01-2018, 20:25   #54
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What about cycle helmets ? .... I presume you have to provide your own if you want to wear one.
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10-01-2018, 21:10   #55
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Yes, exactly.

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Am I right in thinking you have to leave the bike within certain areas? i.e. - I couldn't pick one up in town, and ride it home to Woodseats?

If that's correct, the scheme is pretty useless to me, and many others, unless we want to paddle around town a bit!
You can check the geofencing location using the app, it doesn't go far enough for me, stops 1km short of getting home at the top of Dixon Road.
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10-01-2018, 21:20   #56
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Yes, exactly.

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You can check the geofencing location using the app, it doesn't go far enough for me, stops 1km short of getting home at the top of Dixon Road.
Right. Absolutely useless to me then. As it will be to a huge amount of people in Sheffield. Marvelous!
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10-01-2018, 21:39   #57
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Talking of bikes just being thrown around on pavements reminded me of when I used to cycle as a kid.
We were shown a method of parking on the road at the kerb edge - wheels parallel to the kerb, bike leaning slightly towards the footpath, with left pedal moved round so that the pedal itself rested on top of the kerb stone....and there it was.
"Parked" and upright.
Haven't seen it done in years.
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10-01-2018, 21:44   #58
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data tonight...walked up to top of Fir street to find nearest one (google probably knows this) rode to Closed Shop (probably don't know what I bought as I used cash rather than google pay), rode back to Gerry's bakers. Left it for next punter. Solid tyres not much fun on Heavygate
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10-01-2018, 22:00   #59
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Out of interest, are these things insured?
Are the riders?
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Out of interest, are these things insured?
Are the riders?
I'm sure the bikes will be covered by insurance for loss.. .that is Ofo's interest. Their FAQs state that liability cover is in place for accidents.
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