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Old 01-04-2007, 04:49 PM   #21
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I've been living in the Pearl River Delta for 13 years now, and have gradually seen the replacement of motorcycles with cars. There's a bit more going on with the ban on motorcycles in Guangzhou than meets the eye.



One reason is to put an end to the drive-by purse snatching. This is a problem all over Asia, particularly in the more southern areas. It isn't just the petty theft angle that is the concern, but rather the victims that are killed in the process..... if you have a bag over your shoulders, when somebody snatches it you end up getting dragged behind the bike.



Another important reason is that the decision makers are the people with money (heh! just like in the US), and they are upset about the motorbikes getting in the way of their Mercedes.



With the massive increase in motor vehicles (both cars and motorcycles), the problem of poorly trained drivers is incredible. One slang term for new drivers is "young killers". Things have gotten so bad that a year or two back new national law was passed that anybody killing a pedestrian while driving would lose their license for life. Of course, whether this would be enforced is questionable (and given the Janklow case in the US, things aren't so different in either place, despite some MOrons knee-jerk condemnation of the Chinese government).



It makes American drivers look disciplined and skillful! When I read the American MOrons *****ing about the cell-phone soccer mom SUV drivers, I just laugh and wish I was so lucky! The few times I've tried riding a motorcycle in a Chinese city, I've always counted myself lucky to survive. Actually, I count myself lucky to survive a taxi !

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Old 01-04-2007, 05:03 PM   #22
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Like the Chinese care about the environment!

I hate communists.
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Old 01-04-2007, 05:28 PM   #23
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Interesting perspective. Thanks.
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Old 01-04-2007, 11:05 PM   #24
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Is that the sum total of your argument, or just its conclusion?
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There is something good about communists? Did we all just forget the 20th Century?
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Hey, they had 100% employment!
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A Hollywood screenwriter getting blacklisted for a few years is a tragedy; 80 million deaths is a statistic.
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