Sharing bicycles or bikes is a big business in China, especially after the smog concerns that have been haunting the citizens for quite some time. You don’t have to place the bike in a dock. Instead, you can simply find one with your app, ride it, and leave it by the roadside when you’re done.
While this may be more convenient, there is a significant negative side of it too. The destroying or dumping of these bikes after use is a serious emerging issue.
People have been rather careless with the usage; leaving the bikes on the sidewalks without realizing that they are blocking the sidewalks, and even causing traffic hazards due to their callous attitude.
Several bike-sharing startups have launched a creative protest against the malpractice, They have stacked hundreds and thousands of bikes on the street corners in the hopes of raising awareness about the criminal attitude by the users.
Florian Bohnert, CEO of Mobike which is one of the bike providers, said that the pile is created with the help of a condo facility’s management personnel.
“The Shenzhen government is most proactive in supporting us…This kind of behavior is isolated, but also criminal,” he said.
Social media has also been filled with people uploading pictures of bikes thrown in the rivers or even up in trees. All these incidents have occurred even when the bikes from Mobike, ofo, and Bluegogo are trackable through their GPS units.