A bicycle built for 6.5 million by Tim

Our family has found a new urban thrill ride in Hangzhou, the public bicycling system. The city maintains, in quite good shape, 70,000 orange one-speed bicycles across nearly 3,000 stations. lots of bikes  bike card photoYou plunk down a 300 ¥ ($50) deposit at a municipal office and get your checkout card, then flash it on any station post and you’re good (the orange tube thing under the handle bar is the accompanying lock). As long as you don’t keep the same bike over 2 hours it’s free, and 33 cents for the first hour after that. Not sure it makes much of a difference in a city with, what, nearly a million cars? Word is Hangzhou will soon trot out an (electric ?) car-sharing system as well. But probably many of the new middle-class Chinese burghers drive around to consume conspicuously, not merely to go somewhere. Anyway, we did a lot of dodging on our first ride.

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