Google’s missing bikes
“Google has built a massive business organizing the world’s information, but it’s having a lot of trouble keeping track of its own bicycles,” said Jack Nicas in The Wall Street Journal. To help employees navigate its vast campus in Mountain View, Calif., the search giant maintains a fleet of 1,100 multicolored two-wheelers dubbed Gbikes. Yet the cruisers “consistently go missing”—between 100 and 250 a week. Gbikes have been spotted at nearby schools, on neighborhood lawns, and even on the roof of a local sports pub. After Google added GPS to some of the $300 bikes, they were tracked as far away as Mexico and Alaska. Locals don’t consider themselves thieves, though; they see “the employee perk as a community service.” Sharon Veach, a 68-year-old resident who works at Oracle, rides the bikes several times a week between the train station and her home. “I rent it for a day,” she said.