|One of the bike share stations - these were every couple hundred metres|
We found one of the stations and put down our deposit and used our contactless cards to beep in to release a bike. The bikes themselves are pretty rudimentary and utilitarian. The three of us found we had to swap bikes about 3 times to find one that didn't have anything broken on it - I was pretty surprised to find that they didn't even have sealed bottom brackets (just the old style with separate cups and lockring) and I got the idea that they weren't that well maintained; one bike I got you couldn't even pedal, not sure what was wrong with it but the cranks were stuck fast, the other didn't have working brakes and I didn't bring a shifter to fix it myself; my mandarin is basically non-existant. Anyway, once we all found bikes we got cruising along.
|mmmm tea and snacks|
Suzhou is also not far from Shanghai, a little closer than Hangzhou. We didn't get any bikes, however I did get a few pics. I thought traffic in Shanghai was a bit crazy, Suzhou is even worse. It's an industrial town most well known for its UNESCO world heritage listed gardens. Here's some pics
|We caught a cycle rickshaw and I just loved the ghetto pedals|
|Separated bike lanes, 3-4m wide at least|
|Suzhou also has these little canals that criss cross the city - a bit like Venice so they say...|
Both Hanzhou and Suzhou, as crazy as the traffic was had serious bike lanes and bike infrastructure. I felt a lot safer riding back in Sydney - when you are riding in China you constantly have to be looking out, people cut you off; lots of bike riders just run red lights, it's all quite chaotic. Funny now I look back on it - the kind of squabbles people have in Sydney over some measly bike lanes and a very small amount of bike riders pales in significance to what goes on in China every day.
Now back to Shanghai...
|Yes that is a man holding a crutch with his right hand riding.|
|Smallest maccas in the whole world?|