The community of Mountain View, California — where Google is headquartered — has caught on, forcing Google to rethink just how “free” its bikes really are, The Wall Street Journal reports.

So it’s no wonder that the people of Mountain View see the bikes as a “friendly gesture” from the company to residents of the city.

Mountain View Mayor Ken Rosenberg told The Journal that he used one of the bikes after a meeting on the Google campus, and Sharon Veach, a 68-year-old Mountain View resident, said she sometimes borrows one on her commute to work at Oracle, a Google competitor.

Veach told The Journal that the bikes are “a reward for having to deal with the buses,” referencing the hundreds of so-called Google Buses that employees living in San Francisco and surrounding cities use to get to work.


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