February 10th, 2009 | by Sarah Jennings News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

French Find a Wrench in their Spokes

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Remember when then-Commissioner Sam Adams and Portlanders were kicking around a rental bike idea.

Well, before re-starting the discussion they might want to read this BBC story.

Apparently, excelling at cynicism, cigarettes, and lovemaking wasn't enough for the French to keep public bicycles in Paris from the grasp of vandalism, theft, and general tomfoolery.

More than half — 7,800 — of the original 15,000 bicycles are nowhere to be found after 18 months. Regular maintenance was hindered greatly by what is called “Vélib extreme” – "Vélib" being the name of the bikes, and "extreme" implying the great lengths people have gone to destroy them, including being “hung from lamp posts, dumped in the River Seine, torched and broken into pieces,” or taking them on an evening of BMX adventures. Here's the video:

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