China Moves to Ban Electric Bikes in Some Areas

electrobike.jpgWhy is a massive car-culture considered the only way to a strong, modern economy? Is there a better way? I keep thinking, optimistically, that there has to be a sane compromise. Nonetheless, according to the South China Post, some Chinese cities are moving to ban electric bicycles in favor of automobiles. This ban follows similar bans on regular bikes in certain areas.
Cars are certainly not “bad”, but if they become the only option they cause an immense amount of pollution and rampant consumption, not to mention congestion and undesireable sprawl-style development. Ironically, with the luxury of hindsight, many European cities are reinstating pedestrian and bicycle dominance in urban areas. So, chalk it up as a phase for China, one that hopefully dosn’t erase the other options altogether.

Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of TriplePundit.com

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Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He was instrumental in the creation of TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years as well as an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.