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This UK city is having trouble sharing bikes

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Chinese bicycle-sharing service Mobike made 1,000 bikes available in Manchester in June. In just two weeks, 50 were trashed, some beyond repair.

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It sounds low but that amount of vandalism is bigger than in other cities where the firm operates. People in Manchester are also taking the bikes inside their houses or removing the GPS that allows them to be found.

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Mobike only registered two broken locks out of 5,000 bikes in four months of operation in Singapore.

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But vandalism with Mobikes is not that rare. And it could be that people in Manchester are learning how the service works. Users unlock the bikes using an app and can leave them parked anywhere.

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Founded in 2015, Mobike started in China and expanded to Singapore in March and to Manchester in June. The company has 5 million bikes in about 100 cities.

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