pro tip: just because you see a YouBike with a seat turned around, don’t automatically assume it’s broken. From anecdotal experience at least, there is like a 30% chance nothing is actually wrong with it…really weird.
I guess most people are well intentioned with turning the seat around, and just erroneously think something is wrong with the bike. I would not be surprised though, if at least a few of these cases are people trying to “reserve” a bike and increase there chances of it being there for themselves or a friend at a later time.
Not sure if they set a date for taking out YouBike 1.0 in Taichung, but every station that I’ve been to that has 1.0 has plenty of 2.0 bikes so I seldom see people ride the 1.0 anymore. Also now have the 2.0 Electric bikes which is a nice addition as well, although I think at the moment only a few cities have the electric YouBikes.