Shanghai: Bike Culture

Re-posted from Ni Hao Shanghai Blog  of our adventures living in China in 2012.
As expats here, we use the subway and taxi to get around the city. It’s easy, fast, and extremely cheep compared to transportation in the US.  But, I can’t write a post on transportation without  bringing up the unique  Shanghai bike culture. So here goes….. transportation in Shanghai!

Shanghai bike-share Forever

Shanghai bike-share Forever

I have to say bike culture in Shanghai is extremely interesting  and very different from anything I have seen in the United States.   Bike and motor scooter travel is very popular with the locals and it must makeup close to half of the traffic on the road, which has dedicated lanes just for bikes traffic. People here don’t wear helmets, and  ride  down the sidewalk any time they like with no care for pedestrian traffic. But you won’t find any of us riding the streets any time soon!  Like Shanghai car traffic, bike traffic is absolute crazy.

The bike lane.

 

The bike lane.

 

Bike Parking.

Bike Parking.
Almost every street in Shanghai looks like this. White line painted down the center of the sidewalk  with bikes as far as the eye can see.  Even the Jin Mao Tower boasts it has parking for  7,500 bicycles in the basement.

Bike as a Pet Shop.

Bike as a Pet Shop.
Another element of bike culture in Shanghai is the use of bikes as a traveling store.  I have seen this pet shop bike 3 different times in the district we live, but never in the same spot. She sells ducks, birds, rabbits, turtles, and bugs all off the back of her bike!  I have also seen a flower shop bike, and a sun glass stand bike in the neighborhood.

Bike as a flower shop.

Bike as a flower shop.
My last photo represents the bikes that travel the city functioning as work trucks. Bikes are use for many tasks in the city and can often be seen haling construction equipment down the street, or water cans for  the garden.

Bike as a truck

Bike as a truck
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