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Last Updated : Apr 24, 2018 10:16 AM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

This green initiative is creating massive bicycle graveyards in China, here’s why

Rental bicycles grew in popularity in China last year. But take a look at the bicycle graveyards that were created after supply exceeded demand.

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In the past two years, bicycle sharing, or bike sharing, has become extremely popular in China's cities. Now as supply exceeds demand, the cities’ infrastructure is incapable of handling the sudden increase in the bicycles. Therefore, bicycle graveyards are cropping up in different cities. (Photo: Reuters)
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In the past two years, bicycle sharing, or bike sharing, has become extremely popular in China's cities. Now as supply exceeds demand, the cities’ infrastructure is incapable of handling the sudden increase in the bicycles. Therefore, bicycle graveyards are cropping up in different cities. (Photo: Reuters)

In fact, Chinese police have an extra job at hand now — picking up unattended bicycles as riders park or abandon bicycles at random spots on the streets The rise in bike sharing has added to the woes of local governments and law enforcement agencies. (Photo: Reuters)
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In fact, Chinese police have an extra job at hand now — picking up unattended bicycles as riders park or abandon bicycles at random spots on the streets The rise in bike sharing has added to the woes of local governments and law enforcement agencies. (Photo: Reuters)

How it works | Users download an app, pay a small fee to unlock a bike and then lock it back up upon reaching their destination. Some cities have designated parking places but many shared bikes can be left anywhere. Thus many bikes are simply abandoned. (Photo: Reuters)
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How it works | Users download an app, pay a small fee to unlock a bike and then lock it back up upon reaching their destination. Some cities have designated parking places but many shared bikes can be left anywhere. Thus many bikes are simply abandoned. (Photo: Reuters)

Chinese bike-sharing giants such as Ofo and Mobike have grown by offering extremely low prices. This has meant markets flooded with cheap bikes and thereby the subsequent abandoning as well. (Photo: Reuters)
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Chinese bike-sharing giants such as Ofo and Mobike have grown by offering extremely low prices. This has meant markets flooded with cheap bikes and thereby the subsequent abandoning as well. (Photo: Reuters)

Cities such as Shanghai have regulations to prevent discarded bikes accumulating on sidewalks — but not quickly enough to prevent them from heading to bicycle graveyards. (Photo: Reuters)
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Cities such as Shanghai have regulations to prevent discarded bikes accumulating on sidewalks — but not quickly enough to prevent them from heading to bicycle graveyards. (Photo: Reuters)

In megacities such as Beijing, millions of these bikes are said to trundle along the streets. (Photo: Reuters)
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In megacities such as Beijing, millions of these bikes are said to trundle along the streets. (Photo: Reuters)

Bicycles of various bike-sharing services are seen at a vacant lot in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. (Photo: Reuters)
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Bicycles of various bike-sharing services are seen at a vacant lot in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. (Photo: Reuters)

Bicycles of various bike-sharing services are seen at an urban village in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China. (Photo: Reuters)
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Bicycles of various bike-sharing services are seen at an urban village in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China. (Photo: Reuters)

Another bicycle graveyard in Shanghai, China. (Photo: Reuters)
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Another bicycle graveyard in Shanghai, China. (Photo: Reuters)

First Published on Apr 24, 2018 09:38 am
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