“This sort of behaviour is frankly so passe … really?” Cr Capp said at the launch of the Moomba parade on Friday.
“We are a global city that wants to be able to operate a shared bike system. They are absolutely fantastic ways for people to get around our city.”
Cyclists trying to park in undesirable locations will receive a notification on the Uber app and will be fined $15 by Uber if they ignore it.
Another disincentive is the threat of Uber withdrawing access to its other apps for rideshare and food delivery.
Cr Capp said that she hoped the person responsible would be stripped of those privileges to show them the behaviour would not be tolerated.
“This is something we want to see happen in the City of Melbourne, please everyone respect the bikes, use them as they are intended,” she said.
“Let’s be the type of city that can have a shared bike scheme. It seems ridiculous that we can’t.”
The weight of the bikes, 32 kilograms compared to about 20 kilograms for the oBikes, has been cited as one reason why they would be harder to vandalise.
The bikes also have GPS technology and Jump has said it would check them every 24 to 48 hours to ensure they are charged and haven’t been damaged.
Jump said the bike had been located using GPS and returned to its warehouse.
“Across hundreds of rides there has been just one incident of vandalism” said spokesman Nick Vindin.
The e-bikes are serviced and maintained by Good Cycles, a Melbourne-based social enterprise which employs vulnerable young people.
The bikes are bookable through the Uber app and cost $1 to unlock and an additional 30¢ for every minute of riding. A 10-minute ride costs $4, while an hour-long ride costs almost $20.
The scheme is operating on a trial basis for one year.
Tom Cowie is a journalist at The Age covering general news.