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由于搬家的关系,最近开始骑自行车上下班,搬出高中时代的“坐骑”----曾经也是风行一时、引人注目的亮锃锃的捷安特(giant)一匹,由于六、七年前的北京“丢车只丢捷安特”之说颇盛,所以我着实将自己的“宝马”雪藏了一阵,现在再打眼细观,丢了一只把套,浑身难掩斑斑锈迹的“马儿”实在谈不上什么潇洒了,我的心中竟忍不住升起一股雪藏的大小姐恍然间成了嫁不出去的老姑娘之感。
不论我心中作何感想,车在胯下,依然如七年前一样服贴,轻巧的车轮,灵活的把头,仿佛能够清楚地感知我在路上的想法,并随时准备着服从我的每一个小小的指令。依然是高中时上下学的老路,平整宽阔,可惜即便如此,我的车速较六年前却是明显地降了下来。六年来,北京的路越来越多了,也宽了 ,然而不单是汽车增加了,各种式样的“马路杀手”也接踵而来。
摩托车就不用说了,以前是嘟嘟嘟冒着黑烟、后座上常坐着美女的“大排量”, 现在是不再靠噪音招摇过市的“轻骑”。
另外,来过中国、来过北京的人一定对马路上疾驰而过的一种造型奇特的交通工具并不陌生,它呈三轮状,貌似一辆机动三轮车,驾驶坐后边通常被深绿色帆布(现在越来越多的人用反射着亮光的金属板)包成“车厢”,并留有上下车门一个,及左右小窗户各一个。没错,它就是北京特殊黑车的一大组成部分----蹦(读音为四声)蹦车,又名蹦蹦儿、三蹦儿、三蹦(不知为何,在此读音改为一声)子。不过,近两年由于民警同志们加大了对“黑蹦蹦儿”的整治力度,所以在光天化日之下,三环以内还是不多见的,私家蹦蹦儿除外。
除了上述两种外,不能不提的是近些年风行一时的电动车。骑自行车在上下班的路上,我经常有被从身后无声无息却以迅雷不及掩耳之势快速越过我的电动车吓出一身冷汗的情况。由于电动车外形很像自行车,却如其名用电发动,比自行车省力,比摩托车轻巧,其速度却和摩托车不相上下(至少是我的亲身感受),它受到很多人的喜爱,所以自行车道里大概三分之二的比例都被电动车占去了。但是,试想一下就知道,这样一辆辆快速又“异常安静”的电动车在自行车、摩托车、甚至是小轿车、公共汽车之间“灵巧”地穿梭,是一种什么样的场面。因此,我们形象地称电动车为“无声杀手”。
除上述种种之外,上下班的高峰时间,自行车道被汽车占用是见怪不怪的事。
曾几何时,自行车----这样一种在七十年代、八十年代以及九十年代末期以前的中国被作为主力的交通工具----就这样开始了在“夹缝”中“苟延残喘”维持着不知道在哪一天就会被彻底终结的工作生涯。
而我,依然选择每天骑着我心爱的“马儿”毅然决然地,又战战兢兢地奔走在北京的大街小巷。

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Thursday at 6:30 pm
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Anyone have any harrowing biking stories from China?

zhouli
Wednesday at 11:42 am
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@careyxxx,

北京的夏天非常熱。一個人如果騎自行車肯定是會出汗的。

不過,一般來說騎自行車不會被撞傷,因為中國人騎自行車的速度很慢。所以沒有那么危險。如果被撞倒了,頂多也就是道個歉,如果撞得厲害,撞人的人會付醫藥費,沒有人因為裝自行車打官司。。。

中國城市裡的人大部分有醫療保險,現在農村也有醫療保險了。在北京這樣的大城市裡,有很多民工,他們在城市里沒有保險,但是在他們的家鄉,他們是有保險的,而且這些人不用交保險費,這個保險是國家買得。名字叫做農村合作醫療。

careyxxx
Tuesday at 6:54 pm
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在北京夏天熱不熱? 如果一個人騎自行車上班. 他會不會出汗?

好像開車的人和騎摩托車的人都很亂. 可能很容易被撞傷了. 如果被撞傷了, 他應該訴其他的人. 在這裡, 訴其他的人是所有的問題的解決的辦法.

如果被撞傷了, 他應該去醫院. 中國人大部分的人有沒有醫療保險? 醫院的服務好不好?

RavinDave
Tuesday at 11:43 pm
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@Amber ...


You know, in some desert countries, that means you're married.

Amber
Tuesday at 11:08 pm
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It was an old man. He just turned to the side and let it rip, i happened to be passing. You know i always thought something like that would make me freak out, however i remained quite calm and just was focused on getting somewhere to scrub my arm off. I think i may have screamed in horror for a moment, however.

Frank
Tuesday at 8:35 pm
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OMG, someone SPIT ON YOU?! Like, on purpose, or was it like... they were spitting and you walked into their line of fire?


I swear, if someone spit on me on purpose, it would be INSTANT THUNDERDOME!!!

david
Tuesday at 2:05 pm
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Ha ha, Amber. I also remember a day someone spit on you while you were commuting to work. I've never had anything even close to that happen. You had the worst commute stories in the world.

Amber
Tuesday at 1:02 am
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I was! But i turned around right away and there was no one in sight. It was kind of eerie. I think i did see a person racing away but there wasn't much i could do at that point. I cried. haha

Frank
Saturday at 7:12 pm
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WHOA! Mid-ride?! I know that I would have noticed right away but only because I'm always using mine. If the music suddenly stopped, I'd be awfully suspicious. Haha.

Amber
Friday at 11:19 pm
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Once, while riding my bike, my ipod got stolen from my pocket. In mid-ride! I didn't feel a thing.


Yes, the clotheslining incident! So terrible!

Frank
Friday at 4:45 pm
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My old friend, Colleen, once got clotheslined while riding her bike in Shanghai once! Amber, do you remember that? :shock: