Thread: Why did they ban Motorcycles
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#1 Why did they ban Motorcycles01-26-2011, 01:00 AM
Why did they ban motorcycles from many cities in China?
My guess was because of pollution?To many,dangerous.
#2 Re: Why did they ban Motorcycles01-26-2011, 02:51 AM
A little surprised to see this question from a veteran like you bigdamo
Officially they are banned because of:
Traffic crashes and fatalities
Illegal motorcycle taxi operation
Impact on traffic order
Impact on the image of the city
Theft and security
There is a giant PDF document here that explains the situation in Guangzhou city. It makes a pretty strong case for removing motorcycles from Chinese urban areas.
As far as I know, this is the current list
Guangdong Province - Guangzhou, Zhongshan, Shaoguan, Zhuhai, Dongguan, Shantou, Shenzhen
Liaoning Province - Shenyang, Dandong, Dalian, Tieling, Benxi, Anshan
Jiangsu Province - Nanjing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Changzhou, Zhenjiang, Nantong, Yangzhou, Yancheng, Huai'an, Xuzhou, Taizhou, Changshu, Zhangjiagang, Jiangyin, Lianyungang, Kunshan
Fujiang Province - Fuzhou, Quanzhou, Zhangzhou, Longyan, Xiamen
Zhejiang Province - Hangzhou, Wenzhou, Ningbo, Jiaxing, Shaoxing, Yiwu
Shandong Province - Yantai, Qingdao, Jinan
Hebei Province - Shijiazhuang, Tangshan, Zhangjiakou, Qinhuangdao
Henan Province - Luoyang, Zhengzhou, Xinxiang, Nanyang, Linzhou, Jiaozou, Anyang
Heilongjiang Province - Harbin
Guizhou Province - Guiyang, Anshun, Tongren, Duyun, Zunyi
Anhui Province - Hefei
Jiangxi Province - Nanchang, Jiujiang
Hunan Province - Changsha, Xiangtan, Yueyang, Zhangjiajie, Hengyang
Sichuan Province -Chengdu, Mianyang, Deyang, Yibin
Yunnan Province - Kunming, Yuxi, Qujing, Mengzi
Hainan Province - Haikou
Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region - Nanning
Hubei Province - Wuhan, Xiangfan, Yichang, Zhongxiang
Shaanxi Province - Xian
Shanxi Province - Taiyuan
Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region - Baotou, Ordos, Dongsheng, Hohhot
Jilin Province - Changchun
Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region - Yinchuan
Gansu Province - Lanzhou
Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region - Urumqi
#3 Re: Why did they ban Motorcycles01-26-2011, 03:48 AM
Umm yes.I posted something on another motorcycle forum and they asked me why they where banned.It then struck me that officially I didn't know why only I was told through Chinese citizens why they where banned sometimes that can be abit sketchy.
Lanzhou for example on your list there banned.I saw plenty of motorcycles there when I asked "so there not banned" I was told that the local minority the Hui's are sort of allowed and every one else sort of follows there example unofficially.Typical western China.
Interestingly you will see some motorcycle's in Urumqi on the roads but not many very few.
I was in Guangzhou along time ago when they had motorcycles then left for a few years and came back when they had no motorcycles.Interesting the difference.Can't say it made much of a difference. Traffic was and still is extremely bad but I guess a few million moved into that hell hole in the interim.
#4 Re: Why did they ban Motorcycles
01-26-2011, 07:56 AM
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It's a sick but recurring cycle that will eventually render all of urban China unlivable.
Postscript: I and some mates tried to take a taxi from Kunming's university district (in the northwest part of town) to the airport (in the southeast) and left ourselves what we thought was plenty of time -- about 2.5 hours. After waiting 20 minutes for a taxi that never came, we hopped a bus into town thinking we'd get one there (perhaps a strategic mistake). Bus got us across town, albeit slowly in molasseslike traffic. And we managed to grab a black car. Which moved us about 300m down the road until, in a panic, we bailed out at the sight of two motorbike cabs in a driveway. It took us no more than 45 seconds to negotiate a fare and hop on (me with a rollercase on one, two buddies on another!). Powered by a couple dozen horses at best between them, these two guys rode like dervishes and got us to the airport with 3 minutes to spare! And Kunming is on ChinaV's list of no-bike cities!
It was my first time on a bike since my little educational spill in the same city back in August. Gawd, I can't wait to get back on my own bike. Bans be damned!
2010 JH600 (in Shanghai)
2000 KLR650 "Feezer Ablanalp" (in California)
#5 Re: Why did they ban Motorcycles01-26-2011, 06:59 PM
In-official reasons are:
They ban all bikes because they don't want to have the farmers without driving license and without insurance in the urban areas.
Protect the image of the shining cities. In other words, no image like Lao Jia Hou's avatar
They cannot ask "fees" from a peasant.
#6 Re: Why did they ban Motorcycles01-27-2011, 05:36 PM
At first, I had to use a taxi to carry my goods to market ...
pigs for taxi.jpgpigs in taxi.jpg
However, with rising pork prices came rising profits, so my lovely business partner and I have upgraded to our own car to keep the mandarins happy.
pigs in trunk.jpgpigs in Lada trunk.jpg
We are still waiting to win the Beijing license plate lottery for this fine Lada. Notice the sophisticated color-coordination of my partner, right down to her exquisite flip-flops?
Life is good in China.
#7 Re: Why did they ban Motorcycles01-27-2011, 08:31 PM
Beats my hog hauler.
Caught 16 feral hogs at one time in my trap out at Bar None Ranch.Vince
Fort Myers,FL or Robbinsville,NC depending on the weather.
2001 Kawasaki W650
2012 Ural Yamal
#8 Re: Why did they ban Motorcycles04-01-2011, 10:19 AM
"From 1991 to 2007, the implementation of Guangzhou’s motorcycle ban was not done in a sudden
or radical way, but was rather progressively carried out, starting with a range of gradually tightening
restrictions and ending with a complete ban. The policy and key strategic decisions were based on
investigation and analysis"
This is exactly what is happening in Shanghai now. First Shanghai makes getting a bike legal difficult and expensive. Then they start confiscating all the illegal ones and banning them from petrol stations. Finally they restrict who can own bikes. I just heard that Taiwanese, Hong Kongers, and people from Macau no longer are able to register their bikes in shanghai under there foreign passports anymore. I am betting other foreigners will be next.
I believe Shanghai is inching towards a full ban in the next few years...
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