Someone thought there were too many electric bicycles in the southern China city of Guangzhou, so officials banned them. Now tens of thousands of commuters are left walking, finding a traditional bike, or buying a car. Officials apparently don't want the electric bikes becoming the "main mode" of transportation since the roads will be clogged with a fast-growing population of cars. Critics of bikes also say the riders are not trained nor are fees required. More than 100 bike manufacturers protested, and one official said the city was pandering to car owners. The city has about 870,000 cars and around 100,000 electric bike riders.
[Source: Reuters via The Peninsula Qatar]