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Can bike-share boom lead to a less car-dependent future? [Copy link] 中文

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hello999 Post time: 2017-9-29 16:39
But biking is just recreational. It is not an alternative to cars. If it was, cars wouldn't be so po ...

That's why I say less car-dependent.

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ceciliazhang Post time: 2017-9-29 16:46
That's why I say less car-dependent.

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hello999 Post time: 2017-9-29 16:39
But biking is just recreational. It is not an alternative to cars. If it was, cars wouldn't be so po ...



That is a silly bias. You should go to a first-world country to see that bikes can easily be the preferred mode of transport: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Copenhagen and many Central European cities have extensive bike lanes and assorted infrastructure such as parking spaces inside train stations. You can even take a bike aboard commuter trains. In some cities significantly more than 10% of all commuters pedal their way to and fro work.

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Answer to that question is No!  If you understand the Chinese obsession with 'face' you would understnd why.  The car is not just a means of transport, it is a status symbol to the Chinese, they need it to show off to family and friends that they have arrived, can afford a car.  They can't say the same of bikes!

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ceciliazhang Post time: 2017-9-29 16:38
Oh, that's risky. On my way to work, I found a lane using red asphalt has been assigned for bike r ...

You must be living in one of the first tier cities. Red asphalt is rarely seen where I live. People usually ride on the pedestrian walkways, which is also not good. Like you mentioned earlier, cars also park on the pedestrian walkways so bikers have to ride on the road too. If nothing is done about it in all cities, this will become a big problem. There has to be a proper place for parking, biking, and walking. Defaulters should be fined heavily and given demerit points. The police must be more active, not just wait for things to happen first.

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This post was edited by sfphoto at 2017-10-3 02:24

The simple answer is no. Bike-sharing has its own problems: misplaced bikes, stolen bikes, damaged bikes, etc. Also, bikes can't replace cars for one simple reason: modern cities are built for cars not bikes. This is true because bike lanes can not ensure the safety of bikers in cities built for cars. Bike-sharing is good only for small cities but not in a big city because it's simply too dangerous.

The only solution to a less car-dependent future is to ban private ownership of cars and allow only ride-sharing operators to offer private cars for hire. That would reduce car-dependency because most of the time private cars sit unused in a parking space somewhere in a modern city.

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sfphoto Post time: 2017-10-2 18:13
The simple answer is no. Bike-sharing has its own problems: misplaced bikes, stolen bikes, damaged b ...



Reply to the poster whose bias has it that Diesel engines are oh so retro: the only modern city - and no such modern city exists in CHINA thus far and probably never will - is a city with no private motor vehicles. Such a city evidently is based on a more modern economy than the current one that relies on physical goods being manufactured by people in one place and consumed in a wide radius around that production site. A modern city also has to be inhabited by modern PEOPLE who don't want to pollute the air with CO2 and exhaust fumes or discarded batteries that contaminate the environment. Such a modern city exists only on drawing boards and in the imagination of modern people.  These modern people inhabiting such modern cities will ride bicycles or go on foot because that is the most environmentally friendly and healthy form of locomotion. CHina cannot be such a modern place because currently only one in four Chinese owns a car which means that there is no saturation yet. Only if every adult Chinese owns an average of 1.5 motor vehicles will some common sense descend on the good Chinese people making them demand car-free inner cities.

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