10 May 2009

Enjoy Your Invisible Shit-ass Bikes


I was put onto this brilliant urban sticker campaign by a reader in Ireland. It's a couple of months old now, but brilliant none the less. JC Decaux won the contract for providing Dublin with Vélib' style city bikes, in return for fancy advertising panels around the city.

As I understand it, the lucrative advertising panels went up pretty quick but the bikes were no where to be seen. So a series of stickers started appearing around the city. I'm guessing they weren't put up by JC Decaux - that's how clever I am. Nor were they sponsored by the City of Dublin, who nevertheless got their logo on the top right.

The text above reads "JC Decaux - Give us planning permission or the kittens die."

JC Decaux - We own your fucking town.


JC Decaux - We stole your fucking bikes.

This is now the property of JC Decaux.

JC Decaux - Enjoy your invisible shit-ass bikes.

I picked up these photos in an Irish forum about the issue right here.

If any of our readers can fill us in on the subject and any developments (or lack thereof), add a comment.

13 comments:

David Hembrow said...

Hilarious "advertising".

However, they've actually only missed out on not enough bikes to really make much of a difference. That's the problem with all these schemes. Lots of wishful thinking and councils keen to appear to be doing "something green" without wanting to spend money...

Anonymous said...

If I caught somebody putting fucking advertising stickers on my personal property they'd be sorry. Afterwords, they could file the whole incident under, pranks gone wrong.

What a bunch of dildos.

Anonymous said...

http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?threadid=2055553233

Apparently the JC Decaux bikes will be available from July.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/0501/1224245759208.html

Dermot

Cian said...

As the post above points out, it looks like the system will be soon up and running. The stations -- which look like the ones in Paris -- are currently being installed.

David's comment above may, however, be correct about the Dublin plan, it may lack a real mass. And while it covers most of the city centre there's oversights such as our largest tourist attraction: the Guinness Storehouse :)

anna said...

Hah, great idea. I totally agree with David. I got the very same impression of the Viennese Citybike system. But I still hope for improvements.

Kevin Cannon said...

The whole system is a joke. The Dublin City Council got completely shafted by JC Decaux and got far worse value for money than in other countries. Also, the cycling infrastructure in Dublin City Centre is very poor, so it's going to be a hard sell.

Not only are the bike a year late, but the signage that JS Decaux got 'special planning permission for' are bang in the middle of footpaths, blocking mothers with prams, and in many cases blocking views of traffic lights and pedestrians. I would be shocked if accidents don't happen because of them.

See for yourself:
http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2055329731

Cities by warned, JC Decaux are happy to risk the lives of your citizens in order to make some money.

Adrienne Johnson said...

In San Francisco they only provide toilets. Self cleaning ones. Quite nice, and yet, they are quite unpopular here. I think they have a serious PR problem.

ianworthy said...

The positions of the bike stations are ridiculously biased in favour of the east side of the city centre.

map here
http://www.aaireland.ie/download/bikescheme.pdf

Anonymous said...

At least in Paris the Velib system has inspired a lot of people to cycle on their own bikes, too. Maybe something like that might happen even if the number of rental bikes is small? Dublin would need to invest in bike lanes, though.

Anonymous said...

Some photos here of the JC Decaux bike stands in Dublin.
http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2055571821

Our own inventor of the sideways bicycle makes an appearance.

As for Dublin investing more in cycle lanes, I think the consensus now among people who cycle every day in the city is that we wish they'd never started. They're awful. The road was never remotely as bad. See the recent post about Edinburgh's cycle lanes on this blog. Dublin's are like that: circuitous, slow, inconvenient and largely less safe than using the road.

Dermot

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