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Electric Bike Ban Lifted in Beijing
Jamais Cascio, 5 Jan 06

You may recall earlier posts on the decision by Chinese leaders to ban the use of electric bikes in many major cities. Electric bike use is growing faster than auto use in China, and the officials worried about electric bikes as a the threat to the "pillar industry" of auto manufacturing. Word comes from Green Car Congress, however, that the Beijing city government has lifted its ban on electric bikes.

Removal of the ban came as pressure mounts on city administrators to tackle horrible traffic congestion, air pollution and possible fuel supply, caused to a large extent by a rapidly growing number of cars on the road.

It is just part of a series of measures undertaken by the capital city to address traffic congestion. Other major steps include greatly increasing the number of buses and building more urban railways.

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not to sound terribly jaded, but I'd be surprised if anyone ever actually enforced this ban. Keep in mind that centuries of bad decissions have left the chinese more than willing to ignore the communist's parties dictates if it comes between them and their livelihood.

peace.
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Posted by: andrew on 6 Jan 06

There's a group in New York City known as "Transportation Alternatives" who've been campaigning for getting rid of the car and cab traffic for many years. ....Just thought that you'd be interested
Dann Passoja
NY NY


Posted by: Dann Passoja on 10 Jan 06



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