xoxoxoxoxCars conquering the Bicycle Kingdom
BEIJING -- Every time Ms. Wu ventures by bicycle to her local supermarket, she takes her life into her hands.
In the capital of the self-proclaimed Bicycle Kingdom, there are no bike lanes on her road. Taxis and buses clog the pavement. Car doors are flung open without warning. Parked cars block her path, forcing her into narrower spaces.
"I'm lucky that I've never had an accident," says Ms. Wu, a 35-year-old teacher who declined to give her first name. "Every time I go to the supermarket, it's a risky experience. The bicycle routes are squeezed more and more by cars. I have to go very slow to stay safe."
Cars conquering the Bicycle Kingdom