How ‘dockless’ bike-sharing has flooded China and what happens now

Guardian correspondent Nick Van Mead reports on the scene in the Chinese city of Hangzhou, a 30ft screen in the public bike share office, where a system is tracking more than 40 cycle rentals every couple of seconds, and close to 350,000 transactions occur every day. An hour west of Shanghai, Hangzhou is slightly larger than London, but has a sharing system five times the size. Public bike sharing is one mechanism by which the city aims to reduce air pollution and traffic congestion, it has regularly ranked in the top 10 of China’s most congested cities.

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