Incredible Pictures of China's Streets Littered With Thousands of Damaged Rental Bikes

This picture taken on June 28, 2017, shows an aerial view of shared bicycles, collected by police after they blocked pavements, abandoned on a field in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.STR/AFP
Bicycles of various bike-sharing services are seen at an urban village in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China, on September 7, 2017. China Stringer Network/Reuters

These unbelievable pictures of mountains of tangled bikes show what happens when competing companies pursue profit with reckless abandon.

China's shared-bike industry is booming, with two dozen companies hoping to get the lion's share of the rental bike pie. But what has been hailed as a transport revolution is now every Chinese pedestrian's nightmare, with old bikes' carcasses rusting away on the country's sidewalks. 

When still in use, the bikes have a rough life and often end up severely damaged. Companies pick up these abandoned bikes and either repair them or scrap them. 

While thousands of bikes remain on the country's streets, manufacturers are still producing new models en masse. 

Shanghai has impounded thousands of brightly colored bikes placed on city streets by cycle-sharing companies, in the latest sign of impatience with an explosion of the haphazardly-parked two-wheelers. Johannes Eisele/AFP
A Chinese man sorts abandoned share bicycles stored at a temporary parking lot in Shanghai on August 24, 2017. Chandan Khanna/AFP
A woman rides past shared bicycles piled beside a road in Beijing on February 21, 2018. China issued national guidelines governing bike-sharing operations in 2017, in an effort to nurture a new industry credited with spurring a transport revolution while addressing mounting complaints about an accumulation of millions of bikes on city streets.Greg Baker/AFP
Abandoned share bicycles are seen at a temporary parking lot in Shanghai on August 24, 2017. Chandan Khanna/AFP
A man walks past shared bicycles on a sidewalk in Beijing on August 3, 2017.Greg Baker/Gettty Images
This picture taken on June 28, 2017, shows an aerial view of shared bicycles, collected by police after they blocked pavements, abandoned on a field in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.STR/AFP
This picture taken on June 28, 2017, shows an aerial view of shared bicycles, collected by police after they blocked pavements, abandoned on a field in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.STR/AFP
A woman rides a bicycle past shared bikes at a hutong in Beijing, China, on November 17, 2017.China Stringer Network/Reuters
A man walks past shared bikes placed at a repair factory in Beijing, China, on April 13, 2017. China Daily CDIC/Reuters
Ofo shared bicycles are seen piled up at a vacant lot in Xiamen, Fujian province, China December 13, 2017. China Stringer Network/Reuters
In this picture taken on March 28, 2017, shared bicycles are seen on a street in Beijing.Nicolas Asfouri/AFP
In this picture taken on March 28, 2017, a worker drives a vehicle loaded with shared bicycles, which will be placed outside a tube station, in Beijing. Nicolas Asfouri/AFP