China is the most populated country in the world, with over 1 billion residents and counting. Last year, the country's means of transportation was highlighted with bike sharing, where dozens of bike-share companies provided brightly colored rental bicycles.
As The Atlantic reports, the growth of rental bicycles outpaced the demand, and with a number of Chinese cities not up to par with its infrastructure and regulations, most of the country was not prepared to handle the rapid growth of shared bicycles.
Eventually resulting in bicycles piling up and blocking already-crowded streets and pathways, The Atlantic has compiled a variety of stunning imagery showcasing the aftermath, where vast amounts of impounded, abandoned, and broken bicycles have become a familiar sight in many big cities, and essentially collecting dust in enormous vacant lots.
While bike sharing still remains as a very popular source of transportation in China, the growth is expected to progress at a more controlled rate.
In the meantime, enjoy some of the spectacular sights of bike debris in the gallery above. For additional images and the full story, head on over to The Atlantic now.
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