Mobike pulls out of Manchester following theft and vandalism

Chris Boardman says the antisocial behaviour is not unique to Manchester and that a hire scheme needs to engage more with the community for future success

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Chinese firm Mobile will remove its machines from Manchester, making the UK city the first that the bike-sharing provider has abandoned due to theft and vandalism.

The company announced its withdrawal on Wednesday, promising that customers would have their £29 deposits and credit refunded. The silver and orange bikes will be moved to London, Oxford, Cambridge and Newcastle where Mobike also has schemes.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.