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Beijing OK’s Electric Bicycles to Ease Traffic

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BEIJING, China (Jan 2) – The Chinese capital removes it’s ban on electric bicycles from the beginning of 2006 to ease city traffic, which becomes increasingly congested due to fast rising numbers of cars on the road. A circular of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau said from January 4, electric bikes that have met […]

BEIJING, China (Jan 2) – The Chinese capital removes it’s ban on electric bicycles from the beginning of 2006 to ease city traffic, which becomes increasingly congested due to fast rising numbers of cars on the road.
A circular of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau said from January 4, electric bikes that have met national standards and entered an approved list are officially allowed to take to the road after being registered with the city’s traffic administration.
The city stopped registering electric bikes from August 2002 after the number reached tens of thousands, citing the reason that used batteries of such bikes are hard to dispose of and may pollute the environment.
The point has been hotly debated by the public. Electric bike producers argued a sound system for retrieving and disposing of used batteries has been established. Beijing citizens generally favour lifting the ban, saying such bikes are very convenient means of transportation. Buses and subway trains in Beijing are notoriously crowded. (MH)

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