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

Thousands of abandoned bikes pile on the streets and parkways of China. These unbelievable pictures capture the madness of this cut-throat new market.
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Incredible Pictures of China's Streets Littered With Thousands of Damaged Rental Bikes STR/AFP

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.

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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