Day Eighty-Six: Evening Commute

Evening Commute

Workers heading home at the end of the day

Despite the great economic strides made by China, a burgeoning middle-class and the emergence of a select group of super-wealthy families, a large number of Chinese citizens still live in poverty. For every Ferrari cruising the streets of Shanghai there are untold thousands –maybe millions– of E-bikes and scooters transporting their owners to and from work, grocery shopping and picking up the children from school. These inexpensive alternatives to bicycles blanket the streets of Shanghai, rain or shine. The Shanghai government has said they will begin regulating these popular rides in an effort to enforce safety standards, but, like everything else the government says, it is most likely just window dressing and very little will likely come out of the new licensing regulations.

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