From the article linked above discussing the oBike system in London, I noticed this point:
A council spokesman told the Evening Standard: “We have concerns about the way they had been placed on the streets, and protecting the health and safety of people in the borough.
“Most had been left at right angles to the kerb, partially obstructing the footpath, and creating a potential hazard for pedestrians – particularly the disabled.”
This is quite interesting to me as it foregrounds (in the context of London, of course) the rights of pedestrians, including the disabled.
Now, back in Taiwan, particularly in Xinbei, will such rights be the focus? According to Yingge District Jianguo Borough Warden Lin Ching-te, apparently not (check out the photo at the top of the story):
Yes, these elected officials in Xinbei are apparently opposed to oBikes being parked in public parking spaces:
[Xinbei] city councilors and borough wardens said they have received many complaints about oBikes parked inconveniently or occupying private bicycle and motorcycle parking spaces.
The New Taipei City Government has banned oBike parking in public parking spaces [!!!] in 11 densely populated districts and has towed more than 1,000 oBikes.
To be clear: I am not defending oBike or the ham-handed roll-out of their service, in Taiwan and elsewhere. But the striking differences in the priorities of elected officials--in the UK, and in the outskirts of Taipei--is striking.