TylerDurden wrote:Lock wrote: Sadly, they have learned nothing from western experience with the 20th-century automobile, and are giving up the Victorian pedal bicycle.
Cars in China are pouring out like model-Ts.
Young couples in Beijing all want sedans, not bikes.
It is now too dirty/smoggy in big China cities to enjoy biking.
(As per a Beijing dude I spoke w/ last month)
(Mighta posted this some other place too)
All true, though it's been like this in China for some time now... exchanging the 20th-century auto for the Victorian pedal bicycle will just make things a lot worse...
Something like 70% of China's electricity comes from (old, inefficient) coal plants. Steel and concrete production are heavy polluters, and of course a lot of this pollution is exported from North America etc. Chinese industries busy making all the crap they export (10% of exports to NA are sold to WallyMart) are very energy-inefficient.
Good article here by a Yale prof, from Fortune Magazine this month:
From that article:
"But China's leaders have also come to realize that pollution can undermine social stability. Other than corruption, no issue draws more public ire. Last year 600,000 complaints were filed with the state environmental agency, which tallied tens of thousands of pollution-related protests."
One "great" thing about China. Unlike Western "democracy", where any idiot can vote, the Chinese gov't will get things done at the point of a gun...
I expect the 2008 Olympics will be a huge embarrassment to China, like Atlanta was, where they basically lied about what their summer climate conditions are like, to secure the rights to hold the games.
Had to laugh when the Olympic organizers were running around Soeul, encouraging the restaurants to take their traditional "worm" stew off the menues...
Bejing has banned wooden chopstix.
Power-assist in NA is a small but growing community that needs to be a lot more vocal. EVen many EV'ers into electric cars don't seem to interested in supporting the smaller two-wheelers.
Every PA rider is a kind of EV Ambassador... the best kind.