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Auckland bike hire folds

NextBike, a city bike hire scheme operating in Auckland, New Zealand has folded, being unable to meet its costs. It's another case of a bike hire scheme in a country with a helmet law performing badly.

Over its 3 year existence, NextBike says that the number of registered users had grown to 2,500 and up to 50 bikes were being hired a day.

Dublin is only a little larger in population than Auckland (1.7 million people compared with 1.4 million in Auckland) and its bike hire scheme has attracted over 40,000 registered users in only a year with more than 1 million hirings over that time. The maximum number of bikes hired in a day has been nearly 6,000. There is no helmet law in Ireland.

Mon 15 Nov 2010

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