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MUNICH, Germany (29 January) – “The negative experiences don’t change the originality of the idea,” said Wolfgang Ott, a Munich lawyer about the bicycle rental system ‘Call A Bike.’ which was forced to declare bankruptcy at the beginning of this year. Now Ott, who is acting as receiver of the business, is charged with overlooking […]

MUNICH, Germany (29 January) – “The negative experiences don’t change the originality of the idea,” said Wolfgang Ott, a Munich lawyer about the bicycle rental system ‘Call A Bike.’ which was forced to declare bankruptcy at the beginning of this year. Now Ott, who is acting as receiver of the business, is charged with overlooking the currently uncertain future of this innovative “urban mobility system”. According to company research that has studied Call A Bikes’ weak points, Ott is not the only one who is sure that the rental system will keep on going at least until spring. Therefore investors are also being saught and both the receiver and the company which carried out the study are sure that Call A Bike will get a second chance. Should this happen, it is already planned to bring this environmental-friendly rental system idea to other cities as soon as possible. A possible financial investment by the City of Munich has been ruled out. According to the city council this “official investment” is against any EU fair trading law. Several local politicians are, however, not accepting this excuse. “Call A Bike stands for increasing quality of life and urban mobility in downtown Munich,” said Thomas Hanna, member of the Munich city council. Hanna claims that financial subsidies from the Munich employment center are possible if the Munich bicycle rental company hires long time unemployed people for Call A Bike’s call center and repair service. (JB)

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