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Went Biking Today

I went for a nice long bike ride today with Emma and Bella. It was the first time that Emma was aloud “on the street” and not have to ride exclusively on side walks. We had to be careful with the traffic and get off our bikes to cross the roads and things went very well.

This got me thinking. It seems that with the huge and exponential increase of private car ownership in China that cycling or bicycle commuting is on the decline, traffic jams and car accidents are on the increase (actually the second highest cause of death in China after lunI went for a nice long bike ride today with Emma and Bella. It was the first time that Emma was aloud “on the street” and not have to ride exclusively on side walks. We had to be careful with the traffic and get off our bikes to cross the roads and things went very well.

This got me thinking. It seems that with the huge and exponential increase of private car ownership in China that cycling or bicycle commuting is on the decline, traffic jams and car accidents are on the increase (actually the second highest cause of death in China after lung cancer). I guess this is just “modern development” which has obviously helped the Chinese economy develop so fast and polution levels even faster…

I have decided that I will do my part for the environment and sanity and not own a car during my stay here. There are so many taxies here and they are so convenient to take, price of petrol is sky rocketing, there is a lack of parking everywhere, it just doesn’t make sence to me to go there. I’ve priced it out. The cheapest car I can buy is a Xiali brand for about 40 000RMB (US$5000). Realy a crap car in which I can barely fit in. Their lifespan under normal driving conditions in China would be about 5 years max if I am lucky without having to put major money into it. Also, the re-sell value after that would be basically ziltch. For that price, I could take 4 taxi rides a day for the next 5 and a half years and probably increase my lifespan a bit by having less stress. If I decide to ride my bike once and a while, I may even get a tad healthier in the process…g cancer). I guess this is just “modern development” which has obviously helped the Chinese economy develop so fast and polution levels even faster…

I have decided that I will do my part for the environment and sanity and not own a car during my stay here. There are so many taxies here and they are so convenient to take, price of petrol is sky rocketing, there is a lack of parking everywhere, it just doesn’t make sence to me to go there. I’ve priced it out. The cheapest car I can buy is a Xiali brand for about 40 000RMB (US$5000). Realy a crap car in which I can barely fit in. Their lifespan under normal driving conditions in China would be about 5 years max if I am lucky without having to put major money into it. Also, the re-sell value after that would be basically ziltch. For that price, I could take 4 taxi rides a day for the next 5 and a half years and probably increase my lifespan a bit by having less stress. If I decide to ride my bike once and a while, I may even get a tad healthier in the process…

October 7, 2005 at 6:15 am Leave a comment


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