Joyride junk­yard

BBC Earth (Asia) - - Snapshot -

This vast sea of bi­cy­cles have been aban­doned in a dis­used school play­ing field in He­fei, in China’s An­hui Prov­ince.

The bikes started life as part of a num­ber of shared cy­cle schemes, orig­i­nally in­tended to ease the mount­ing con­ges­tion in China’s bustling cities. Com­muters could hire the bikes on de­mand us­ing a smart­phone app, then park them up when they’d fin­ished their ride.

How­ever, mis­use of the sys­tem saw stag­ger­ing num­bers of the shared bikes dis­carded in pre­car­i­ous or ob­struc­tive places, such as nar­row pave­ments, mean­ing many have had to be re­moved by the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

Now, over 10,000 con­fis­cated bikes have ac­cu­mu­lated in the school field, in­ad­ver­tently cre­at­ing the strik­ing ae­rial art­work il­lus­trated here. He­fei’s city coun­cil will now be­gin the la­bo­ri­ous task of re­turn­ing the bikes to their re­spec­tive com­pa­nies.

PHOTO: Eyevine

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