The Independent, November 24
Paris signed a new deal with the firm running its bike rental scheme Monday after thieves and vandals forced the city to replace the entire 20,000-strong fleet within just two years.
[A]dvertising giant JCDecaux, which runs the hugely successful city-wide scheme, was forced to replace 16,000 bicycles after they were returned to rental stations with twisted handlebars, torn baskets and crushed wheels. Some were covered in rust after being fished out of the Seine.
Another 8,000 have disappeared, with some of the easily recognizable grey bicycles spotted on the streets of eastern European cities.