“The bike rental service from the Mayor’s office of Rio, which began at the start of the year, has been suspended due to theft. In the last two weeks, 56 bicycles have been stolen and just between the 10th and the 13th of December, 38 of those 56 were stolen.
The service was started in January with 18 stations throughout the Zona Sul. The models are exclusive and the bicylces, indentifiable. Those who are found with them will be accused by the police and denounced by the Public Ministry. The Secretary of Security stated that both the civil and military police are working to identify the theives.” – Source (translated from PT, found on Twitter through Brazil Travel Blog)
Frankly, I’m surprised Rio thought it would work when it failed in another international city, Paris.