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Why dockless bikes are the symbol of our future cities

A Paris commuter checks a Velib self-service public bicycle into a distribution point during a continuing transport strike against pension reforms, November 20, 2007. Nationwide protests over issues ranging from pension reform to the cost of living disrupted schools, trains, postal services and airports. They are the biggest threat to Sarkozy's planned reforms since he was elected president in May.   REUTERS/Mal Langsdon (FRANCE) - GM1DWQFWUDAA

Cycle hire scheme are a common theme across many of the world's major cities. Image: REUTERS/Mal Langsdon

Lu Lu
Research Analyst, Transport, WRI China
Su Song
Research Associate, WRI China Ross Center For Sustainable Cities
Hui Jiang
Research Analyst, WRI China Ross Center For Sustainable Cities
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A major benefit of dockless bikes is their ability to connect people to other forms of public transport. Image: World Resources Institute
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Even prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, bikes proved to be a safe and resilient mode of travel. Image: Photo by Thomas de Luze/Unsplash
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Without effective fleet management, overrun sidewalks such as this one can create challenges for cities. Image: Ykanazawa1999/Flickr
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