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China’s bike-sharing bubble is producing graveyards of bikes

Bike-share overcrowding has gotten so bad in some cities in China, authorities are impounding abandoned bikes, creating massive bike-share graveyards.

China’s bike-sharing bubble is producing graveyards of bikes
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There are dozens of bike-sharing companies offering peddled rides in China, most of them with dockless bikes that the rider can park anywhere. But fears of a bike-share bubble are mounting as the sheer amount of bike-share bikes abandoned on streets, walkways, and corners mount. The BBC has highlighted this problem in a, frankly, surreal video that shows just how bad bike-share overcrowding has gotten in some cities in China and the steps authorities are taking to impound the abandoned bikes, creating massive bike-share graveyards.

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Michael Grothaus is a novelist, journalist, and former screenwriter. His debut novel EPIPHANY JONES is out now from Orenda Books. You can read more about him at MichaelGrothaus.com

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