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01-20-10, 10:06 PM
Electric bicycles terrorize the streets of China (http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052748703657604575005140241751852-lMyQjAxMTAwMDIwMDEyNDAyWj.html)
Food for thought...
01-21-10, 02:36 AM
"National e-bike sales jumped from 1.5 million in 2002 to four million in 2003..."
"Electric-bike fatalities rose, too. In 2003, 87 people were killed in e-bike accidents. A year later, 589 died."
Well gee, I don't know how that could have happened. Surely e-bikes are becoming less safe because more people died.
It amazes me to read these reports and have them report fatality numbers like it's some mystery.
Solution: More people on more bikes=more injuries on said bikes, DUH!
01-22-10, 01:24 PM
By some estimates there are 120 million e-bikes on China's roads—up from just 50,000 a decade ago
In 2007, there were 2,469 deaths from electric-bicycle accidents nationwide, up from just 34 in 2001, according to government statistics.
The number of people on ebikes increased by 2500x.
The number or deaths on ebikes increased by 73x.
Explain to me again, why this is considered a problem?
Hell, sounds like if they give EVERY person in China an ebike, deaths will dwindle to zero!
(Yeah, that last was a joke. Any deaths are tragic. But 2469 deaths among 120M bikes, is a 0.002% death rate, or 2 deaths per 1,000 ebikes per year. What's the death rate for cars? For non-powered bikes? For pedestrians?
When you cram that many people into the streets, spread among all cities and rural areas in a country, there are going to be fatalities. I wish I could change it, but no one can. Best we can do is try to reduce it.
So, which death rate is lowest?