For a nation of sports mad people, Aussies would find it a bit strange that
bikes are used as a transportation tool in
China is a land of bicycles. Every one rides bikes. Brand new bikes are very cheap with the average brand new bicycle (multi speed - with baskets for the groceries) being about RMB 200-500. The best place to buy a bike is one of Carrefour supermarkets.
Shanghai city is located on a plain with little or no hills which allows bicycles to be used very easily. Designated parking spots for bikes can be found nearly everywhere at shops, companies, schools etc.
People don’t wear a helmet when riding a bike. However in summer, you will find lots of female cyclists wearing fairy wings - a white cover across their arms and shoulders to prevent being sun-burn.
On most of the major roads, bike lanes are provided. On small streets and roads, cars have to be careful of those ubiquitous bikes by driving slowly because bikes normally dominate the roads even though cars are officially the priority vehicle there.
Lots of bikes are stolen every day even though
people use both front and back locks on their bikes. There is an underground
second-hand bike market near
Shanghai railway station. 90% of bikes there are stolen. I used to have a bike which a friend bought for me from that market. It was nearly new, had a basket, a lock and all the other bits and it only cost 100RMB!