If you’re like me and the federal budget this week has you a bit down, here’s some comic relief courtesy of Vancouver’s mayor Gregor Robertson.
Enjoy your rides this weekend!
It was only a couple of decades ago that the bicycle was ubiquitous in China – to the extent that North American school books included photos of hundreds of Chinese people on bikes in their introduction to the country. Now the bicycle has fallen behind as Chinese people turn to vehicles to show off their new-found wealth. In terms of status, it’s understood that luxury car > regular car > moped > bicycle. It’s an unfortunate turn, given all the problems that private auto use brings to a city, but luckily for the Shanghainese, bicycle and moped use had such inertia that they are still very common, especially by North American standards.