In yet another masterpiece of modern Chinese art, some 20,000 shared bicycles fill a lot on the outskirts of the city of Wuhan, waiting around to die.
China’s great shared bike boom of a couple of years ago saw millions upon millions of brightly-colored bicycles being introduced to cities around the country. While this new twist on an old form of transportation had its obvious advantages for the environment, it also brought a fair share of inconveniences as well with bikes left parked haphazardly on the street and sidewalk.
City officials generally store impounded shared bikes together in vacant lots in the suburbs, creating some rather vibrant illustrations of waste and oversupply. This particular “bike graveyard” in Wuhan is comprised of excess bicycles from industry leader Mobike or, as it has been recently renamed, Meituan Bike.