The GBike program started in 2007 and today, has over 1,000 bikes in its fleet. According to a Wall Street Journal report, though, over 100 bikes go missing each week from Google’s campus, showing up at local schools, neighbors lawns, and even, one time, on the roof of a local sports bar.
The scattered Gbikes throughout the city could be seen as an eyesore, but according to The Journal’s report, many residents have embraced them and ride the bikes around town themselves. Even Mountain View’s mayor said he once rode a Gbike to the local movie theater after a meeting at Google, according to the report.
The company says each Gbike is ridden for about 3 miles per day.
Other campuses offer eco-friendly modes of transport to employees as well, including standup paddleboards in Seattle, push scooters in New York City, and kayaks in Sydney.