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    Clear Channel's legal battle with Geneva, delay free bicycle system there.

    http://www.tdg.ch/pages/home/tribune...ontenu)/149880

    Ad dispute delays bicycle plan
    Geneva’s hopes of copying Paris and Lyon with a free bike rental system are on hold as a US company challenges the city’s way of handling advertising.



    Photo: AFP | A Vélib "station" in Paris: The system allows users to borrow a bike for free for up to 30 minutes at a time.
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    A plan to launch a free bicycle system in Geneva has been held up by a dispute over advertising. Vélib’ in Paris offers thousands of bikes to users at hundreds of hire points through a program financed by a private company in return for a share of revenue from advertising billboards, signs and other formats throughout the city. Geneva wants to follow this model, offering a monopoly on advertising in the city in return for the provision of 500 bikes available at 40 “stations” and a payment of more than SFr1 million.

    SGA, a company with links to the French firm JC Decaux, currently has an exclusive contract to provide advertising in Geneva. (JC Decaux currently finances the Vélib’ system in Paris). But Clear Channel, a media conglomerate based in the US that is competing with SGA for the future advertising rights, has launched legal action against the city saying its requirements are anti-competitive. A lawyer for the company said the city’s requirements to provide bikes and a large grant are “exorbitant” and favor SGA.

    The city’s contract with SGA expires at the end of the year. The dispute with Clear Channel likely means this contract will be extended in the short-term and that a new long-term agreement is not seen until 2009. All this means that Geneva’s Vélib’ system will likely not be introduced until 2010 at the earliest.

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    This is the part that gets to me:

    "A lawyer for the company said the city’s requirements to provide bikes and a large grant are “exorbitant” and favor SGA. "

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    Non Tribuo Anus Rodentum and off to the next adventure (RIP) Stacey's Avatar
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    F**k those arrogant ****** at Clear Channel! They're the same eople who have DJ's that advocate running over cyclist! F**k 'em twice!

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    Awhile back I listened to Clear Channel almost exclusively for a few months while solo on a job site. I never heard any anti-cycling rhetoric, but over all...they stink.

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    Clear Channel is radio Satan. tight-play-listed, voicetracked, no ****ing creativity allowed Satan.
    "Think of bicycles as rideable art that can just about save the world". ~Grant Petersen

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    What? Clear Channel syndicates Lex & Terry.
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

    If your bike has breaks, don't ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan View Post
    What? Clear Channel syndicates Lex & Terry.
    I know, just one more reason to hate them.

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    Words cannot describe how much I hate clear channel. Mainstream music went to **** thanks to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stacey View Post
    F**k those arrogant ****** at Clear Channel! They're the same eople who have DJ's that advocate running over cyclist! F**k 'em twice!
    Yeah, interesting. Coincidence?

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    Yeah, successful companies s**k!

    Get an mp3 player and chill out people.
    Stupid DJs have been saying stupid things for years before conglomerates.
    Good DJs do good work even inside conglomerates.
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    And Bob and Tom
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikephoros View Post
    I know, just one more reason to hate them.
    Why the hate? L&T are about the only ones who get it. Terry is a cyclist himself.
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

    If your bike has breaks, don't ride it.

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