Controversy surrounding bicycle sharing scheme oBike continues to grow after more than 40 rental bikes belonging to the company were fished out of the Yarra River.
A contractor for the Singapore-based company took to Melbourne waters on Tuesday and managed to recover dozens of the bikes, with most recovered between Charles Grimes Bridge and Kings Bridge.
The action comes after Parks Victoria's head of waterways Lucy Nicholson had met with oBike representatives asking for the bikes to be retrieved.
“We want a safe and accessible waterway and asked them to be removed,’’ Ms Nicholson told Herald Sun.
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Over 40 oBike branded bicycles were pulled out over the course of the operation, bringing further unwanted attention to the company.
It is believed that calls to remove the bike share scheme from the city altogether will only strenghten with this latest development.
The company has previously faced a backlash after bikes were left cluttering city streets and in inappropriate places, including up trees and flung onto the road.
But Chethan Rangaswamy, marketing head of oBike Australia, believes it is only a matter of time until the nation begins using the bicycles in an appropriate manner.
“We are trying to raise awareness and we do believe we can change the mindset but it’s a slow process,’’ Mr Rangaswamy said.