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Side effect: how bicycles flooded China

Alene Cooley 3 months ago

Last year in China, with great success, the program of urban bike rental and dozens of specialized companies filled the streets with millions of brightly colored bicycles. However, the rapid growth in supply was far ahead of demand and pedal transport flooded the Chinese cities, where infrastructure and regulations were not ready for a sudden flow of millions of rental bicycles.

Riders parked bicycles anywhere or just left them, as a result of which they accumulated and blocked crowded streets and paths. In the cities, thousands of abandoned bicycles were confiscated. Huge piles of seized, abandoned and broken two-wheeled vehicles have become a familiar sight in many large cities.

Some companies in advance and with a large surplus produced huge batch of bicycles, which turned into dust collecting piles on vacant lots.

In China, the popularity of sharing bicycles remains and, probably, it will continue to grow, writes The Atlantic. Meanwhile, you can watch an incredible crowd of bikes, made on the wave of bike ride popularity.

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A worker drives a bicycle ride past a huge pile of unused bicycles in the wasteland in Xiamen, Fujian Province, December 13, 2017.

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Due to the excess capacity at the start, more than 10,000 bicycles were on the bicycle cemetery on January 13, 2018 in Xiamen, Fujian.

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Bicycles for joint use are stored and stored in Shanghai on February 1, 2018.

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The worker unravels the rope among the dumped bicycles in Xiamen, Fujian Province, December 13, 2017.

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At the parking lot in the Chaoyang district of Beijing, tens of thousands of bicycles belonging to the Chinese bicycle rental company Bluegogo are in a tight ranks, on March 5, 2018. Bluegogo was the third largest in its industry in China, but in November of last year it ceased operations, as the finances were exhausted, and tens of thousands of bicycles remained in limbo. Recently Bluegogo acquired Didi, another bicycle company, which announced that it plans to replace some of the old Bluegogo bicycles with its own.

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Confiscated bicycles of different brands in the parking lot in Huangpu district in Shanghai, February 28, 2017.

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Thousands of improperly parked and temporarily withdrawn bicycles on the sports ground in Hefei County, Anhui Province, August 17, 2017.

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A view from above of thousands of unused bicycles in a field near Shanghai.

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This is not a tulip field, but a view from the top to tens of thousands of unused bicycles lined up in rows in a field near Shanghai.

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Another shot from the drone, which captured thousands of unused bicycles in a field near Shanghai.

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Bicycles from various bike rental services have accumulated in huge quantities in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, September 7, 2017.

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A man walks past a pile of bicycles near a repair shop in Beijing, April 13, 2017.

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A worker repairs a rental bicycle at a service center in Beijing, April 6, 2017.

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Aerial photography of bicycles that the police gathered, discovering that they blocked streets and sidewalks. The field in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, June 28, 2017.

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The Chinese pass by abandoned bicycles stored in temporary parking in Shanghai, August 24, 2017.

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The abandoned bicycles of various companies in the thickets in Shanghai, November 3, 2017.

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Thousands of improperly parked bicycles are collected on the sports ground in Hefei County, Anhui Province, August 17, 2017.

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Thousands of improperly parked rental bicycles were on the sports ground in Hefei, August 17, 2017.

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Bicycles rental company Ofo lined up in the street in Beijing, November 23, 2017.

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In this photo taken February 20, 2017 in Shanghai, a parking service employee loads bikes from Mobike and Ofo into the truck.

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On April 13, 2017, the worker moves frames for the new Ofo bicycles at a factory in Handan, Hebei Province.

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Rented bicycles blocked the road in Chaoyang District, Beijing, July 14, 2017.

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In a photo taken on March 1, 2017, confiscated bicycles from the rental services Mobike and Ofo in Shanghai are sealed.

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Bicycles from various bike rental services in Shanghai, November 27, 2017.

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Confiscated bicycles from bike rental Mobike and Ofo in Shanghai, March 1, 2017.

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A worker from the bicycle company Ofo puts a broken bicycle on a pile next to an improvised warehouse, March 29, 2017 in Beijing.

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Bicycles lie near the entrance to the park of Shenzhen City, Guangdong Province, January 16, 2017.

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The batch of abandoned bicycles at the temporary open storage in Shanghai, August 24, 2017.

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Nature begins to absorb bicycles in the temporary parking in Shanghai, August 24, 2017.

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Bicycles of different companies completely filled a large area in Shanghai, on November 23, 2017.