just ridiculously stupid?
One of the first things I did when I came to Shanghai was to buy myself a bike. I am from Denmark, the bike Capital of the world, and of course I need a bike to get around in a big city like Shanghai. It's fast, you are the master of your own time aaand: biking is a very healthy habit. Biking is amazing!
I find that biking to school or work in the morning gives me that little extra energy, it allows me to clear my thoughts in between what I'm biking from and to and it makes me feel healthier. Well, at least that is how I normally feel about biking.
In Shanghai the story is a little bit different. I have now been biking around every day for the last month and it sometimes hits me how ridiculously dangerous and perhaps even stupid it is of me to bike. In Shanghai there is no rules, no order and not a lot of caring bikers in between. The traffic is constantly jammed, scooters and bikes are in between and everywhere and again: there is no rules.
The funny thing is that what I have been noticing is that because it is constantly so chaotic in the traffic people seem to be very alert all the time. Constantly watching who might run into them (they are definitely not watching who they might run into) and how to cross the red light in the smartest way.
Yep it is pretty dangerous. Still I find biking in Shanghai awsome. Not having to deal with millions of people in the subway, not having to deal with coughing and spitting taxi drivers and being able to explore all the small areas in and around the French Concession. Some mornings the small roads are so quiet it seems like you are not even in Shanghai. Other times you meet an intersection with bikes coming from 5 different roads and everyone is trying to be the first to cross.
Biking is a very healthy habit but in Shanghai it is a dangerous one to and while I have not yet reached a conclusion in regards to whether I should be biking everywhere or not I will definitely get a helmet...