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More Secure Rent a Bike System

Sat, 3rd Aug 2002

Part of the show How Acupuncture Works

Anyone remember the Cambridge Green Bike idea ? Great though the idea of a borrow-a-bike scheme was, it was hampered by the fact that all of the bikes were rapidly stolen. So how do you stop them being stolen ? Londoners will soon be able to use their mobile phones to hire bikes which are locked up in racks dotted around the city. Each bike lock has a number. Dial it into your phone and you'll be sent back a code that will allow you to unlock the bike. Your phone account will be charged a fee until the bike is returned.

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