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Sharing is Caring or simply one other Greenwash ??? (Dockless-Bike craze)

Have you ever seen the brand new Bike Sharing Rental craze occurring in main cities all over the world ??? 

Picture – Tommy Alven

This spot above is a photograph of “Stenpiren” (The Stone Pier). A number of boats ferry individuals forwards and backwards throughout the habour in between central Gothenburg and Hissingen with Stenpiren being the newest commuter station to be constructed. They’re attempting to facelift the previous industrial shipyard dock areas. Someplace on the opposite facet of that industrial infrastructure mess is the place I now stay. However now, pay attention to this bicycle docking station rack with all the identical fashion of blue bicycles above. This has been labeled by the brand new inexperienced financial system individuals as a “for-profit sharing” enterprise financial system. However this kind enterprise mannequin will not be new and already has a reputation for the true nature of it is enterprise, it is referred to as “renting” within the USA or “hiring” in Britain. There are different well-known corporations who’ve additionally made advertising makes an attempt at rebranding their enterprise mannequin as a sharing program and other people purchase into ths new public relations scheme which Uber calls “trip sharing.” However Uber will not be engaged in any sort of sharing program, as a result of what they do is management and dealer the platform that permits individuals to hire their private property to different individuals. Uber is nothing greater than one other capitalist taxi firm that has found out the right way to push all of their overhead off onto their workers. The individuals working for Uber aren’t “sharing” something, as a result of they too try to make cash. The individuals utilizing Uber are paying for a service. There isn’t a “sharing” occurring. Uber requires their drivers to make use of their very own private autos as an alternative of offering them with an organization work car, which is just a intelligent option to exploit an inexpensive labor contract. However once more this has nothing to do with “sharing.” Airbnb can also be one other dealer enterprise for individuals to lease or hire short-term lodging together with vacation cottages, flats, homestays, hostel beds, or resort rooms, excursions, and so on. Airbnb additionally doesn’t personal any actual property or conduct excursions. Once more they’re a dealer which receives a proportion of the service charges at the side of each reserving finished via their web site. Airbnb labels it is enterprise mannequin as collaborative consumption and sharing program. However as soon as once more they’re brokers who hire and e-book providers and this will not be “sharing.” 

Downtown – San Diego, CA

So now that we perceive the sharing scheme, let’s return to the identical label used with Experience Sharing Bicycles which is now being promoted as a kind of latest age revolutionary sustainable eco-green enterprise mannequin, which in actuality is nothing greater than extra capitalism being greenwashed. I used to be alerted to this topic by Billy “Lakeside” Ortiz who posted a photograph of a line of  “ofo” bicycle leases parked out in the course of nowhere at a bus prime on previous Hwy 80 east of El Cajon, California. He requested what they had been all about. Final week I had learn an article in, The Atlantic, which blew me away as to the eco-disaster that thousands and thousands upon thousands and thousands of bikes this scheme has produced within the nation of China the place this all originated. However since that article, I google searched extra information gadgets which have appeared exposing the down facet of those dockless bike leases schemes. Listed below are only a few of these examples.

The muddle conundrum: How dockless bike corporations are combating clients’ littering

WSJ: Dockless Bike Share Floods into U.S. Cities, With Rides and Litter

Bike Sharing Is Doomed to Fail in Most American Cities

Armadas of brilliant bikes pop up throughout San Diego, attracting followers, detractors

The Article from “The Atlantic”

Picture by The Atlantic (2018)

2008 Jeffrey Hays

This photograph above is from The Atlantic article on dockless bicycles cluttering which is smothering Chinese language cities. This photograph above from the Atlantic article is of a employee who’s using a shared bicycle previous an enormous pile of unused shared bikes in a vacant lot in Xiamen, Fujian province, China, on December 13, 2017. Bear in mind all these previous 1980s pictures of the large Chinese language inhabitants using thousands and thousands of bicycles in Chinese language cities as their manner of commuting ? That is a kind of scenes on the proper. Through the Mao period bicycles had been thought to be certainly one of “three bigs” together with a stitching machine and wristwatch which individuals most desired. Folks positioned their names on ready lists for years to get them and took out loans kind the factories the place they labored to assist pay for them. Chinese language valued bikes partly as a result of the general public bus system was so dangerous and proudly owning a automobile was unimaginable if not unattainable. Many cities had broad bike lanes, ample parking areas on the sidewalks and bicycles had the proper of manner at intersections. I bear in mind when most of the environmentalist teams all praised the Chinese language commuter state of affairs. However trendy Bicycle commuting instances right this moment have change into madness. Right here is that Atlantic unique article I learn final week and have a look at all these unbelievable pictures. 

TheAtlantic: The Bike-Share Oversupply in China: Big Piles of Deserted and Damaged Bicycles

Under are a few movies from a man I observe on Youtube who’s initially from South Africa, moved to China and married a Chinese language woman and talks about his life in China. These three movies deal strictly with the Bicycle glutter and air pollution downside there.




Think about strolling outdoors and grabbing the primary bicycle you see, and using away. Then, when you attain your vacation spot, merely abandoning it by the facet of the highway. That is the Dockless Bicycle Experience Sharing Enterprise Mannequin.


Cease attempting to park me, and PARK me! – LimeRight park correctly. That is trip share Bike firm, “LimeBike’s”, try at humor as an answer.


Comparability between title manufacturers video  

LimeBikeSPIN, Bounce, ofo, BikeShare, Mobike


No matter the eco-green advertising scheme used within the promoting, most bikeshare remains to be simply Inexperienced Washing. The whole lot touted as eco-greener wants and requires uncooked constructing supplies from Earth. Consumption can’t be halted as a result of that is what runs world economies.

So What’s the Bike Share Greenwashing ???

Illustration – Joanalee 

So what’s Greenwashing ??? The definition is borrowed from one other time period generally known as “whitewashing” which itself is admittedly taken from an historic textual content discovered at (Matthew 23:27). Nonetheless, within the context of “greenwashing” it’s the apply of constructing an unsubstantiated or deceptive claims in regards to the environmental advantages of a product, service, know-how or firm apply. Which qualifies this bicycle dockless scheme as something however eco-green. Right here is one other particular person’s perspective beneath about “greenwashing.”

“Greenwashing is the deceitful apply of falsely promoting the sustainability of a enterprise with a view to mislead customers. With the growing stress from socially aware customers, companies are striving to cut back their environmental impression. Resulting from lax enforcement of restricted and imprecise rules, companies can simply deliberately manipulate client notion for ulterior motives or commit the sin of greenwashing via carelessness. When companies model themselves as ‘inexperienced’, they enhance their model picture and customers are duped into supporting unethical environmental offenses.”

UBC: Joana Lee

Have Enjoyable by yourself bike and take excellent care of it 😁


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