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Mobikes are very distinctive machines. If you did steal one you'd pretty soon be spotted on the undersized orange wheels. The sharing system works by smartphone app (of course) and the big advantage over Boris bikes is that the hire machine does not have to be returned to a fixed docking station. I think you can just leave it where you stop. I almost tried one to get back from the Archway recently, but the trial Mobike are running is confined to Ealing and Islington. I'd have felt bad about leaving an orphan Mobike in Haringey. And of course they'd know where I live.
Transport for London certainly thinks cycling is the future. It has granted Haringey £5.8m to ease cycle flow through Crouch End, with a view to cycling and walking replacing cars in the foreseeable future.
You can find out more about the Liveable Neighbourhoods initiative , as it applies to Crouch End, at the Neighbourhood Forum AGM on March 4th.
Thanks to Mark for spotting the Islington Mobikes and to Chris Arnold to the possible dangers of signing a contract with an overseas company