Just goes to show that even in China, a country known for bicycling culture, auto traffic is becoming prevalent to the detriment of other modes of transit. The old man in the news story below was very rational and articulate, but felt like he had no other options and received much popular support. Luckily we have been faring better peacefully!
“When did you first have the idea to go around smashing cars?”
“I’ve had it for a long time. I’ve been retired for over ten years now, and have always enjoyed photography, as well as regular bike rides through the countryside. During the past few years, vehicles have become more and more numerous in the area, and more and more indifferent to common courtesy.”
“I no longer dare to ride my bicycle, but I still like to exercise outside, and every day go to the Baihe Park opposite the compound to fly kites and walk. However, on several occasions I’ve almost been struck dead by cars while walking across the zebra crossing. There’s a red light there, but it seems as though the drivers just don’t see it.”
“Not just in my area, but at many interactions in the city, if you don’t want to die, you have to wait twenty or thirty minutes before crossing a main road. Cars just won’t let you cross.”
“However, I have discovered that when drivers of small cars encounter surveillance cameras, or crossings where large trucks pass, they become more honest. They fear fines, they fear that other cars will run into them, and they know how to consider their own lives precious. Why, however, can’t they consider the lives of others important?”
“You look – the 6 people who died on zebra crossings in Lanzhou in the past half year didn’t make major news. Yet when I smash cars, it becomes huge news. Is this because the lives of those six people are not as significant as me smashing cars?”