The traffic situation in Beijing is quite different from the one in Sweden so I figured I might as well write about it. The cars park as they like and don’t care who they block. They also drive as they like. As in Sweden the car lane is allowed to turn when you get a green light at the crossing. The big difference is that while they wait for the light to turn red/no people left to cross in Sweden they don’t wait for people to cross but instead just drive as fast as possible. We once had a cab driver who went AGAINST the traffic and when people honked at him he just honked back. They use the horn aaaaalll the time.
Manual for drivers:
Biking in Beijing is also quite different. It’s the most useful mode of transport and also probably the most dangerous. As mentioned above the car drivers don’t care for anyone but #1. In addition to that you also have a lot of electric scooters that are very fast and makes no noise so you’ll have to look constantly.
As seen in the first picture there are bicycle lanes. These are however used by every vehicle that fits them and often cars fit. In addition people don’t care on which side they are so there are people coming from every possible direction. Chinese bikers rarely look at the road and instead looks at their phone so they usually don’t ride in a straight line.
So where do I bike? Since my school is so far away I don’t go there by bike but I get to the tube with it. Also whenever we’re going out it’s usually in the vicinity and biking is usually faster than getting a taxi.