All over China there is new prosperity. Everywhere we went we could see buildings under construction. The rich are getting richer. I noticed cars like you would see in North America; Audi, VW, Buick, Toyota, RangeRover, Cayenne and many models of SUV's. At the lower end of the scale you have the poor struggling to survive. They work long hours doing menial jobs. Owning a car is just a dream as they trudge their way to work on their bicycles or electric scooters
While we treat Scooters (and motorcyles) as recreational toys they are only considered as transportation .
It is just a vehicle for getting around, to go shopping or to commute to work while we go for a ride to clear our senses and to enjoy the smells of nature and freedom.
Electric/Gas scooters and bicycles have their own dedicated lanes separated from the rest of vehicular traffic but that is not to say that they cannot share the road with cars either. From my observations, scooter lanes are not directional. Even on one-way streets, scooters can travel in any direction and ignore all traffic signals.
You are allowed to carry anything on a scooter, even live chickens . This neighbourhood metal fabrication shop uses a tricyle for delivery
(pedal powered metal delivery tricycle)
you can also deliver noodles with your bicycle
With these larger gas powered tricycles you can also display your produce for sale
In the background you see these men scrounging the restaurant waste for food to take home on their tricycle
KFC: Kentucky Fried Chicken has a large presence here in China with outlets everywhere. Even they have a fleet of bicycle delivery vehicles
I noticed many of these motorcyle tricyles, some are used as taxis, while others are used for family transportation
It is not unusual to see them riding on sidewalks. They honk for pedestrians to get out of their way. It seems that scooters have the right of way everywhere
here is a more enclosed motorcyle trike, most are used as taxis
I only saw one of these . . .
(Motorcyle trike with metal 4 door body, with motorcyle handlebars)
There were not many actual motorcyles
(looks like a Honda Nighhawk)
the following looks like an 80's era Suzuki GS series. I did not notice any motorcyles over 125cc
(another 125cc something or other)
If I had to make an educated guess based upon what I noticed, I would say that electric scooters outnumber gas powered 4-stroke 4 out of 5. The land is relatively flat and most travel is within the city. There was not a 2-stroke scooter to be seen. All the smog is created by the manufacturing sector and the thousands of diesel powered trucks and tour buses.
All of these 125cc Chinese Motorcycles appear to have
tachometers as standard equipment
No one wears any protective gear except it is compulsory for motorcycle riders
The Police ride the largest bikes.
(Yamaha 250cc Police bike)
(Honda 250cc Police bike)
(Shanghai Police in action)