Huge graveyards of abandoned bikes are piling up in China after sharing craze reaches peak

April 2, 2018 by  
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Bike-sharing took off in China , where many city dwellers battle smog and bikes offered a potential clean alternative. Now, without the infrastructure to support them, and an over-saturation in the sharing market, abandoned bikes have piled into massive graveyards in cities like Shanghai and Beijing  – forcing us to ask: are bicycles polluting metropolises they were intended to aid? The Atlantic reported  bike sharing growth surpassed demand and  Deutsche Welle (DW) said  that bikes are piling up into massive graveyards. 16 to 18 million bikes hit streets in China from around 60 companies, TIME said , and most cities weren’t prepared to handle the influx. There aren’t any set docking stations or bike stands, so most bikes are just parked on the side of the road, according to the publication. Back in December, Fortune reported the co-founder of bike-share startup Ofo , Zhang Siding, said, “The bike-sharing phenomenon has grown very quickly in the last few years, but the layout and infrastructure [of] cities in China aren’t something that can be changed as quickly to accommodate this new trend.” Related: China’s largest bike share launches air-purifying bicycles for 20 million citizens Bike graveyards have grown as some bike-sharing companies fold, and their surplus bicycles sprawl in vacant lots. DW said police now have to gather unwanted vehicles from roads and parks, and pile them in fields out of city centers. According to Fortune, last year Ofo launched a credit score system: users would be penalized for antisocial behavior like traffic violations or bike dumping, and rewarded for positive behavior, like reporting damaged or lost bikes. If users’ points were all deducted, they’d be barred from the service. They were also reportedly working with interest groups in cities to come up with new strategies — for example, in Guangzhou, traffic wardens or local groups can send feedback to the company if bikes are accumulating and Zhang said, “we’ll send people down to deal with it.” Health and air quality benefits are still present with bike-sharing, and The Atlantic said the trend is still popular, and bike-sharing will likely keep growing — just maybe at a slightly more sustainable rate. Via The Atlantic , TIME , Deutsche Welle , and Fortune Images via Philip Cohen on Flickr , Chris on Flickr and Wikimedia Commons ( 1 , 2 )

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London’s Boris bike share program uses lasers to create personal bike lanes

January 19, 2016 by  
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London’s community bike-sharing program, Santander Cycles , is rolling out some awesome upgrades to its bikes in early 2016. Proving that bike safety has never been cooler, the cycles will be equipped with laser lights which project a bike symbol on the road ahead of them, essentially giving each bike rider their own bike lane. Not only will the lasers make cycling safer for nighttime riders, but the timing allows the company to make the inevitable Star Wars comparison, as this video shows. Read the rest of London’s Boris bike share program uses lasers to create personal bike lanes

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2016 Pickathon Music Festival lineup announced – buy your tickets today!

January 19, 2016 by  
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The sustainable, hilltop home in Ecuador built in 75 days

January 19, 2016 by  
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How road salt could turn your city into the next Flint, Michigan

January 19, 2016 by  
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Over the course of the past several months, the lead contamination in Flint, Michigan’s water supply has gained international attention. Flint’s 100,000 residents have been exposed to lead in their drinking water since the city switched its source from Detroit city water to the Flint River in 2014. The lead contamination stems from faulty pipes leaching lead into the water as it flows through them, but the reason for the advanced stage of corrosion in those pipes is something quite startling. According to local environmental experts, the widespread use of salt to de-ice slippery winter roads has led to increased chloride levels in the Flint River , as well as many others in the northeastern United States, where road salt use has risen steadily in recent years. Read the rest of How road salt could turn your city into the next Flint, Michigan

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Morphing XFR Tote makes it easy to carry your stuff when bike-sharing

November 30, 2015 by  
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Bike sharing systems are great for getting around the city, but they suck when it comes to carrying things, particularly since their built-in storage leaves much to be desired. The XFR Tote addresses that with a brilliant solution that converts from bike back to messenger bag, shoulder bag and backpack so you can travel easily with all the things you need. They’re also pretty handsome. The XFR Tote is designed to drop onto and sit securely on the front rack of the most prevalent bike share system run by Motivate London (Citi Bike, Santander, etc.) It is a fantastic system for commuting, but is imperfect in its ability to carry a load. The XFR tote fixes this and takes the hassle out of carrying the things you need. + XFR Tote on Kickstarter The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link. Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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Airdonkey is a revolutionary smart lock and app kit that lets you rent out your bike

October 28, 2015 by  
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Copenhagen-based startup Donkey Republic have built a bike sharing platform that aims to revolutionize bike sharing. It’s called AirDonkey – a smart lock & kit that turns your spare bicycle into a rental bike – taking the AirBnB and Uber model and implementing it for bicycles. Their aim is to empower bike owners and users, creating availability of bicycles which they believe can change both people and cities. Read the rest of Airdonkey is a revolutionary smart lock and app kit that lets you rent out your bike

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6 Awesome (and Unexpected) International Cities That are Great for Cyclists

April 8, 2014 by  
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Read the rest of 6 Awesome (and Unexpected) International Cities That are Great for Cyclists Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alternative transportation , best cities for bikes , bike commuting , bike infrastructure , bike sharing , cities for cyclists , top bike-friendly cities

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Indoor Fish Farms – America’s Next Big Green Industry?

April 8, 2014 by  
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The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization produced a new study that says the United States has the greatest potential for fish farming. While oceanic agriculture has become popular overseas, it still hasn’t taken hold in North America. In a recent interview with NPR , Michael Rubino , the director of aquaculture at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , said this could be because the industry faces heavy opposition from environmentalists and coastal residents, who aren’t willing to give up their unobstructed views. Read the rest of Indoor Fish Farms – America’s Next Big Green Industry? Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Baltimore , Bill Martin , Blue Ridge Aquaculture , controlled environment , fish farming , Food and Agriculture Organization , indoor fish farming , Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology , Martinsville , Michael Rubino , National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration , NOAA , over fishing , seabream , seafood import industry , U.N

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Doctors Now Prescribe Bike Share Memberships to Patients in Boston

April 8, 2014 by  
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The City of Boston has officially enlisted bike sharing in the fight against obesity. Under the recently launched “Prescribe-a-Bike” program, Boston Medical Center doctors can now write low-income patients prescriptions for a $5 subsidized one-year membership to the Hubway bike-share system. The annual subscription would give qualifying patients access to Hubway’s 1,100 bikes at 130 locations. Read the rest of Doctors Now Prescribe Bike Share Memberships to Patients in Boston Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bike share , bike share prescriptions , bike sharing , boston , boston medical center , hubway , kate walsh , marty walsh , obesity , prescribe a bike

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