Regarding the Dec. 3 Metro article "Dockless bikes race in as new travel option":
It is assumed that dockless bike systems will improve travel. Having lived in Europe for more than 12 years, I can attest that this bike-share system is not as attractive as depicted in the article.
When I lived in Rome, I saw that many bike-share bicycles were stolen and damaged. Berlin has issues with bike theft. This issue is widespread throughout Europe and will be a problem in the United States.
My time overseas also taught me that because these bikes are not private property, riders are less likely to take care of the bikes than if they were their own. Further, because dockless bikes have no precise holding areas, this method of transportation is unreliable.
The European experience with bike-share systems suggests the United States will experience the same problems.
Franziska Lois Harrison, Washington