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These photos of dockless bike graveyards should serve as omens for Chinese cities

Business Insider | Apr 16, 2018, 07.25PM IST

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A Chinese mechanic works amongst damaged bicycles from the bike share company Ofo Inc. as they are piled up at a repair depot for the company on March 29, 2017 in Beijing, China.

In recent years, several dockless-bike startups have popped up in Chinese cities. Often billed as "Uber for bikes," the companies allow users to unlock GPS-enabled bikes with their smartphones, and then park them anywhere when they're done.

But too many of these startups have launched, and there's not enough demand. As The Guardian notes, after three Chinese bike-share companies -Mobike, Ofo, and Bluegogo - went bankrupt in late 2017, many of the bikes were abandoned in lots in cities across China, including Beijing, Wuhan, and Xiamen.

These bike graveyards, pictured below, should serve as omens for Chinese cities that want to heavily invest in bikeshares:

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