Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Bikes - The Best Mode of Transportation

Shanghai is known for its crazy drivers and lack of rules on the road.  Our first and strongest lesson to our kids was to make sure that they understood the green walk symbol didn't mean go, it means walk with extreme caution.  There is no yeilding from cars or bikes to pedestrians.
Because of the craziness, my company doesn't allow employees to drive here.  If you are a  certain level then you are provided a car and driver, otherwise an allowance if given for paying for taxis, metro or whatever.  
Cars are very expensive to own, license and insure so as a result every local has a bike or scooter.  These are the common modes of transportation and they use them very efficiently.  These pictures are not strange ones - they are the normal!
Commuting 3 on a bike - Dad (blue shirt), kid in front and mom on the back taking a nap.  Very normal.
Man and his wife transporting a huge load of styrofoam.
The Ying family with our bikes in the foreground
I've been riding my bike to work the last few days and I feel safer on my bike than walking.  The roads all have a very wide bike lanes and everyone just flows.  One of my friends called it 'dancing', everyone on the dance floor knows where to go so no one bumps into each other -- you just have to make sure you know how to dance!

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