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    NNC: Literal Mountains of Abandoned Bikes in China

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    Sure looks like China won't have to import steel anytime soon.

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    I guess even the Chinese actually ride the $h!t bikes they make........
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    "Bikeshare." They tried Communism, and it failed.

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    I thought the picture was photoshopped until I read the article. Wow!
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    Amazing.

    Some of those pictures are stunning, with the patterns made by all those bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJay View Post
    "Bikeshare." They tried Communism, and it failed.
    I don't think that was the problem... rather, too many companies jumping into that particular business, plus overcapacity in bike production, all likely fueled by too-easy-credit/questionable loans (a common problem in China).

    As the article states:

    As some of the companies who jumped in too big and too early have begun to fold, their huge surplus of bicycles can be found collecting dust in vast vacant lots. Bike sharing remains very popular in China, and will likely continue to grow, just probably at a more sustainable rate.
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    here in seattle, they're randomly parked everywhere. such an eyesore!

    i miss the old share program, where they were only at select stations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SystemShock View Post
    I don't think that was the problem... rather, too many companies jumping into that particular business, plus overcapacity in bike production, all likely fueled by too-easy-credit/questionable loans (a common problem in China).

    As the article states:

    As some of the companies who jumped in too big and too early have begun to fold, their huge surplus of bicycles can be found collecting dust in vast vacant lots. Bike sharing remains very popular in China, and will likely continue to grow, just probably at a more sustainable rate.
    Or, maybe this is an inherent problem baked into Communism.

    Bike-share fail in Dallas...
    https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/innovat...dallas-n866351

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    Quote Originally Posted by PJay View Post
    Or, maybe this is an inherent problem baked into Communism.

    Bike-share fail in Dallas...
    https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/innovat...dallas-n866351
    Since when does the 'sharing economy' equal 'Communism?' Are AirBnB, Uber, and Lyft 'communist'? Who knew?

    Yes, there are growing pains with anything new... sounds like some folks there in Dallas are not good about leaving the bikes where they should. Also, there may be simply too many of them (bikeshare bikes and companies operating them, that is).

    But, that's not always the case. We have bike sharing here in the Silicon Valley, and I haven't really seen mountains of bikes left all over the place.

    People will figure it out, and will very likely continue using the service. And they won't be 'Commies' for doing so.

    You do know that ppl generally have to pay for the service, right? As in, it's a business, i.e. capitalism? Some example:

    https://bikesiliconvalley.org/2017/1...odes-bay-area/
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    Maybe these are all damaged bicycles, who cares.
    The shared bike magnifies the darkness in people's hearts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ritalalala View Post
    The shared bike magnifies the darkness in people's hearts.

    Uhh... okay.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackfrancois View Post
    here in seattle, they're randomly parked everywhere. such an eyesore!

    i miss the old share program, where they were only at select stations.
    a bicycle left where it was last used is not an eyesore. but an automobile in the downtown of any city is much worse than an eyesore - a major space and resource hog

    having bike share bikes only at a few kiosks has and always will be a bad idea. who wnats to walk 3 blocks in the opposite direction of intended travel to wrestle with a stupid machine and overly-heavy bike?

    we have both kinds of bike sharing here in Victoria. There is no eyesore as there are just not excess numbers of either type.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BCSaltchucker View Post
    a bicycle left where it was last used is not an eyesore. but an automobile in the downtown of any city is much worse than an eyesore - a major space and resource hog. having bike share bikes only at a few kiosks has and always will be a bad idea. who wnats to walk 3 blocks in the opposite direction of intended travel to wrestle with a stupid machine and overly-heavy bike? we have both kinds of bike sharing here in Victoria. There is no eyesore as there are just not excess numbers of either type.
    victoria is beautiful.

    bike paths in seattle have become an eyesore with thousands of ugly âss bike shares scattered everywhere, often lying on their sides.

    i don't know what the solution is. from an aesthetic perspective, the kiosks were far better.
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