Saturday, November 25, 2006

Cycling Banned!

Guangzhou, Capital of Guangdong in Southern China has banned use of the electric bicycle, in favour of cars which are growing in number by 150,000 per year.


  • Riders caught using an electric bicycle, are to be fined and bike confiscated.
  • Authorities cite untrained riders and disposal of the battery as the reason for the ban.
  • Ahem, don't cars have batteries too? What a lame argument!
  • If the riders are so bad - then train them!
  • Powerful car lobby, exerting its wishes.

Seems like this emerging stupor-power is dazed by economic growth, just oblivious to the irresponsible policy decisions being made.


http://news.independent.co.uk/world/asia/article2004228.ece




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3 comments:

Matt Burge said...

Back in 1990 I had a fantastic experience riding a bicycle around Beijing with 1000s of locals going about their business. It was mad. Shame cars have taken over in urban China.

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monty said...

They have banned all bikes because of snatch and grab raids by thieves. The bike riders have been compensated for their loss. They now use the upgraded Metro system which is also getting further upgraded. We refer to the electric bikes as whispering deaths as you can easilly get injured by one as you can't hear it coming. The lack of bikes will not cause any increase in cars that wasn't going to happen anyway.

mark said...

Electric Bicycles and Electric Scooters

Elmo The Electric Bike and Electric Scooter Guy

This is an excellent blog for electric bicycles. There are not too many around like this. Thanks for making this such an interesting subject. Oh, by the way, Wired Magazine has a great article on hybrid cars this month. (Jan 2008 issue).

God Bless,
Elmo

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